Jamaica Now Has 25 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Six in the Last Two Days (March 24, 2020)


Here is the latest information on COVID-19 cases in Jamaica from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: KINGSTON, Jamaica. Tuesday, 24 March 2020.  Jamaica now has 25 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), following the return of six additional positive tests over the last two days. The six new cases are: Two males, … More Jamaica Now Has 25 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19, Six in the Last Two Days (March 24, 2020)

Let’s Stop the Stigma and Discrimination Around COVID-19


“Fight the virus, not the people.” The Ministry of Health and Wellness is still concerned about stigma and discrimination against those who are suspected of having the virus. When there is a major public health issue, this is the last thing Jamaica needs. It reminds me somewhat of what Jamaicans living with HIV/AIDS faced in … More Let’s Stop the Stigma and Discrimination Around COVID-19

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

First Imported Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Kingston, Jamaica


Please see the following statement from the Ministry of Health and Wellness at a press briefing at lunchtime today… Ladies and gentlemen of the press, Representatives of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Other stakeholders. Good afternoon. Thank you for joining us this afternoon for what is an important development with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 … More First Imported Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Kingston, Jamaica

Health Ministry Issues Interim Guidelines for Cruise Ships Visiting Jamaica


The cruise shipping industry, which had been flourishing in the Caribbean in 2019, is proving to be a major headache for island ports (and for the cruise passengers). The economic fallout must be tremendous for cruise ship lines – and for those agencies, tourism companies and individuals who depend on them for income. If the … More Health Ministry Issues Interim Guidelines for Cruise Ships Visiting Jamaica

Statement by Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness on COVID-19: March 2, 2020


Here is this evening’s statement, as anxiety over COVID-19 is slowly building in Jamaica. News of three countries in the Caribbean now being affected has been concerning. Please see the full text below: National Statement: COVID-19  Delivered by the Minister of Health & Wellness Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton 2 March 2020 The new Coronavirus … More Statement by Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness on COVID-19: March 2, 2020

COVID-19 Jamaica Update: More Countries Added to Travel Restrictions


As the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads rapidly beyond China, Minister of Health and Wellness Christopher Tufton released the following statement this morning (Thursday, February 27, 2020): We wish to use this opportunity to provide the country with an update on the novel coronavirus/COVID-19. EXPANDED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS The Ministry of Health and Wellness wishes to advise … More COVID-19 Jamaica Update: More Countries Added to Travel Restrictions

Jamaica Turns Away a Cruise Ship: Is the Tourism Industry Affected by COVID-19?


It is quite clear that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an impact on the travel industry. Yesterday a cruise ship, the MSC Meraviglia, was turned away from the Jamaican cruise port of Ocho Rios. Subsequently it was denied access by the Cayman Islands. It has, however, been given permission to dock in Cozumel, Mexico this … More Jamaica Turns Away a Cruise Ship: Is the Tourism Industry Affected by COVID-19?

More on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): All Three Isolated Patients Test Negative


I have been writing so much (too much?) about what is now called COVID-19 in the past few weeks, including a Caribbean update yesterday for Global Voices. I just want to keep people informed. Today it’s good news for Jamaica, as three patients who were in isolation have tested negative for COVID-19. The other good … More More on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): All Three Isolated Patients Test Negative

Jamaica Coronavirus Update: February 10, 2020


Here is the latest Press Statement issued at a 4:30 p.m. press briefing at the Ministry of Health and Wellness today. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie stressed that quarantine is a way of keeping an eye on those who have NO symptoms (I suspect there is a bit of misunderstanding here) but who may be … More Jamaica Coronavirus Update: February 10, 2020