“If a Dirt, a Dirt”: COVID-19 and a Reopening of the Jamaican Economy


“If a dirt, a dirt.” There is a fatalistic streak in the Jamaican psyche. The point is sometimes reached where people shrug their shoulders and say, “Suh it guh” (that is how things go). In this COVID-19 era, this tendency has kicked in. “Dirt” refers to death. As this current saying suggests (there are many … More “If a Dirt, a Dirt”: COVID-19 and a Reopening of the Jamaican Economy

Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues


So much has been happening, and I am going to quickly paraphrase the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ latest update, as of 8:00 p.m. our time. Here goes: Jamaica now has 163 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – 20 new cases in the past 24 hours. Details on 17 cases are to … More Jamaica COVID-19 Update: 163 Cases, the Call Centres, Community Quarantine Issues

A Night Curfew Starts Tomorrow, and 38 COVID-19 Cases Now Confirmed in Jamaica


The latest news on COVID-19 in Jamaica seems rather mixed, but we have to take everything “one day at a time” these days. Firstly, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced at last night’s press briefing that a curfew will be imposed, beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1) at 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., and ending at 6:00 … More A Night Curfew Starts Tomorrow, and 38 COVID-19 Cases Now Confirmed in Jamaica

Jamaica Has 30 Cases of COVID-19, Self-Quarantining, Testing And Other Issues: March 27


This evening’s online press conference produced some revealing information, and more food for thought. Here is an overview: Jamaica has four new confirmed cases, bringing the total to 30. These are as follows: A 87-year-old female from Manchester with a travel history that includes New York; A 51-year-old male from St Catherine with a travel … More Jamaica Has 30 Cases of COVID-19, Self-Quarantining, Testing And Other Issues: March 27

A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update


We are bombarded with news on COVID-19 from all directions. There are heartbreaking personal stories from all over the world on social media. I feel that we are just bracing ourselves for a big wave, here. Have we managed to “flatten the curve”? Who knows. Have we been testing enough? I am concerned about the … More A COVID-19 Update From Jamaica: March 23, 2020 And a Caribbean Update

Jamaica Will Close Its Borders on March 21; Now With 19 Cases of COVID-19


At this evening’s press briefing, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that Jamaica would be closed to incoming passengers by air and sea for the next two weeks, from midnight tomorrow night. And here is an update on the latest numbers. We have three new cases as of this evening, bringing the total to 19. Meanwhile, … More Jamaica Will Close Its Borders on March 21; Now With 19 Cases of COVID-19

COVID-19 in Jamaica: An Official Update on Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Jamaica has confirmed one more case of COVID-19, bringing the total to 13, as of this evening (March 17). This case is linked to “Patient 1” (formerly called “Patient Zero”) who traveled from the UK  on March 4 for a family funeral, and linked to the Bull Bay area now under quarantine. Five results were … More COVID-19 in Jamaica: An Official Update on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information


STOP PRESS! BEFORE I HAD TIME TO PUBLISH THIS, THERE HAS BEEN A NEW DEVELOPMENT. AT A PRESS BRIEFING THIS EVENING (FRIDAY, MARCH 13) THE PRIME MINISTER DECLARED THE ENTIRE ISLAND A DISASTER AREA. ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY IS NOW UNDER CONTAINMENT (QUARANTINE). You may watch the entire briefing here (streamed live on Facebook). Stay tuned … More The Entire Island of Jamaica is Declared a Disaster Area: Six New COVID-19 Cases, and More Useful and Interesting Information

Spotlight Initiative Launched to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls


I mentioned the Spotlight Initiative, a partnership between the Jamaican Government, the European Union and the United Nations, in my last blog post. The initiative was officially launched today at the Office of the Prime Minister. You can watch the recording of the ceremony on Facebook here. Unfortunately I missed the ceremonies, but I understand that … More Spotlight Initiative Launched to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls

Thoughts on International Women’s Day 2020 and the Disappearance of Jasmine Dean


This could turn into a long post, because there is “so much things to say,” as Bob Marley sang. Where to start? I have been browsing, reading, and writing, for most of the day. There were of course several events for International Women’s Day in Jamaica, including a tribute to Mary Seacole at the Institute … More Thoughts on International Women’s Day 2020 and the Disappearance of Jasmine Dean