Health Minister Tracks 300 Persons Who May Have Contact With Coronavirus Patients

The Ministry of Health is tracking between 200 and 300 persons who potentially came in contact with novel coronavirus patients across six parishes: Kingston, St Andrew, St Thomas, Clarendon, St James, and St Ann.

This revelation was made moments after the Government announced a lockdown of communities in Seven Miles and Eight Miles, Bull Bay, bordering St Andrew and St Thomas.

The effective quarantine of the mainly coastal neighbourhoods activates legislation with sweeping and extraordinary powers to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, where Patient Zero, a Jamaican from the United Kingdom, who tested positive for COVID-19, resided for a while.

The area will be quarantined for two weeks. Currently, the Government has announced a total of eight persons who have been tested positive for the virus.

At the same time, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared Jamaica a disaster area under the Disaster Risk Management Act Declaration of Disaster Area Order 2020, following information received from Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie that the country was threatened by the novel coronavirus.

The announcement came yesterday at Jamaica House where a press conference was called to update the nation on the measures being taken by the Government to contain the spread of the contagious virus.

The order now gives the Government authority to take strong measures such as the Bull Bay quarantine.

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