COVID-19 in Jamaica: We Knew What We Were Up Against


On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, I attended a Media Breakfast at Kingston’s Knutsford Court Hotel on COVID-19. The aim of this session hosted by the Ministry of Health and Wellness was to explain and update the media on the Ministry’s response plan to COVID-19. It was also, by the way, the last public event I … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: We Knew What We Were Up Against

A Quick Update on COVID-19 in Jamaica: Now at 432 Confirmed Cases


There is much more to talk about, as today (May 1) the quarantine orders on the parish of St. Catherine were lifted. The parish continues to have by far the highest number of cases (251), with Kingston and St. Andrew behind at 93 cases. Clarendon now has 33 cases. By the way, registered fisherfolk are … More A Quick Update on COVID-19 in Jamaica: Now at 432 Confirmed Cases

UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19


My recent post on an Oxford University study seems to have stirred some interest (partly, I suspect, because of some Jamaican readers’ partisan political leanings!) On March 25, 2020, the University’s Blavatnik School of Governance launched its COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, (including a Stringency Index), which it describes as “the first ever tool to track and … More UNDP Launches Dashboard on Countries’ Preparedness and Vulnerability to COVID-19

PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Raises J$110 Million To Date


  I recently mentioned the PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund – and I also mentioned the plight of our most vulnerable citizens during this period. The PSOJ’s Fund – a partnership with three key organizations – is almost half way to its goal. And it has a specific focus on those Jamaicans most in need … More PSOJ COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund Raises J$110 Million To Date

Oxford University Study Ranks Jamaica Among Countries Least Prepared to Lift COVID-19 “Lockdown” Globally


The world has reached a critical point. Economies are being squeezed by various lockdowns and restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus. States in our “powerful neighbor to the North,” while eager to “ease up” – I realized the other day that domestic flights are still operating there – are recording soaring numbers of cases (well over … More Oxford University Study Ranks Jamaica Among Countries Least Prepared to Lift COVID-19 “Lockdown” Globally

350 Cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica, and Sad Stories Too


The past few days have been difficult in terms of numbers, as testing has increased (395 in the past 24 hours). Once again, more than half of the cases are connected to the call centre in St. Catherine, which is still quarantined. The issue of stigma and discrimination – fueled by fear and ignorance and … More 350 Cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica, and Sad Stories Too