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Jamaica now has 105 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This follows 32 new additions over the last 24 hours.

The new cases are comprised of five males and 27 females, who range in age from 19 to 70 years old. The cases are from St Catherine, and Kingston and St Andrew.

They bring to 34 the number of cases under investigation. Of the remaining 71 confirmed cases:
• Thirty-one (31) are imported;
• Thirty-four (34) are contacts of a confirmed case; and
• Six (6) are local transmission (not epi linked).

Today was the first time that the Health Ministry reported a double digit increase in COVID-19 numbers.

The Prime Minister said the spike in the numbers means that the Government will have to impose a total lockdown on the Parish of St. Catherine, starting at 5AM tomorrow through to 5AM on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

But what does this lockdown mean?

The Prime Minister says residents of the Parish will only be permitted to leave their houses twice weekly to refill essential supplies.

The days are Wednesday & Saturday.

Between the hours of 10AM and 1:30PM, persons with surnames A-M, may pursue the essentials of life.

People with surnames N-Z between the hours of 1:30PM and 5PM will be allowed to pursue the essentials of life.

Once you’re out of your house, you must wear a mask and must have a valid government issued ID, bearing your photo.


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