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30 Jul 2020 | 07:53 PM UTC

Jamaica: Authorities extend nationwide nighttime curfew through September 30 /update 8

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Jamaican government announces extension of 23:00-05:00 curfew and other restrictions through September 30 amid COVID-19 pandemic; heed authorities’ directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/30/2020, 10:00 PM until 9/30/2020, 6:00 AM (America/Jamaica). COUNTRY/REGION Jamaica

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Event

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the 23:00-05:00 (local time) nationwide curfew and other coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions will be extended through September 30. Public transport will operate an hour before the curfew starts and an hour before it ends to ensure passengers reach their destinations.

All travellers arriving in Jamaica will be tested for COVID-19 and screened for symptoms at the airport. Gatherings of over 20 people remain banned. The wearing of facing masks in public is mandatory, in addition to social distancing of 2 m (6 ft). 

As of Thursday, July 30, 856 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Jamaica, as well as ten associated deaths. Further international spread of COVID-19 is expected over the coming days and weeks.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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