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More Covid19 Restrictions In Jamaica - 7 Day All-Island Curfew

by Wellesley Gayle | March 31, 2020

In another press conference at Jamaica House last evening (March 30) to update the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the police have been instructed to implement and island-wide curfew in Jamaica.

This is a proactive move to prevent widespread contraction of the virus.

It will commence on April 1 and last for seven (7) days in its first instance. The curfew will be effective from 8pm to 6am each day and therefore will roll into the morning of April 8th.

It means that there will be restrictions on public transportation and all movement, except for medical staff, security services, essential services and other critical industries.

He asked that persons make the necessary arrangements in their daily affairs to ensure they are off the road by that time.

He also announced that, with the growing concern of the congestion in the markets relative to the 2pm cut off daily, the markets will now be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

This will prevent the clustering that is currently a feature of the markets, as persons rush to get in supplies before the markets are closed. The original restriction on markets hours is 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day and those will remain.

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Officer, CMO, Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie projected that the number of confirmed cases will likely double every eight days, but cautioned that it could become worse with the doubling taking less days.

She earlier displayed 5 scenarios...

  • 2-Day Doubling
  • 3-Day Doubling
  • 5-Day Doubling
  • 8-Day Doubling
  • 10-Day Doubling

At a 2-day doubling, we could see cases rocket to 4,608 in two weeks (April 12)! Please see graph below.


She emphasized adherence to social distancing and pleaded that all persons stay at home to prevent a worsening of the situation.

Note: see earlier projections here.

You can watch the entire presentation in the link below.

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