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

Ministry of Health and Wellness Urgently Seeking to Contact Passengers on Three JetBlue Flights: COVID-19

We are still trying to cope with travelers. Please note and share with anyone who has been traveling recently:  Passengers on JetBlue FIights urged to contact Health Ministry KINGSTON, Jamaica. March 20, 2020:  The Ministry of Health & Wellness wishes to urgently make contact with all passengers, who travelled on the following flights: JetBlue Flight … More Ministry of Health and Wellness Urgently Seeking to Contact Passengers on Three JetBlue Flights: COVID-19

Jamaica Now Has 16 Cases of COVID-19 and Another Community Quarantined

I am posting below the latest update this evening (Thursday, March 19, 2020) on COVID-19 in Jamaica, from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, along with details of an announcement in Parliament by the Prime Minister. Here also is the dashboard with updated numbers: Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced this evening in Parliament that Corn Piece Settlement, … More Jamaica Now Has 16 Cases of COVID-19 and Another Community Quarantined

COVID-19 Update: Two New Cases in Jamaica

Here’s the latest from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Stay safe and well, everyone!  We’re staying home… 2 More COVID-19 Cases Confirmed; 17 test negative  KINGSTON, Jamaica. 15 March 2020. The Ministry of Health & Wellness is reporting that two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the island. This is following the results … More COVID-19 Update: Two New Cases in Jamaica

COVID-19: United Kingdom Added to Countries with Travel Restrictions for Jamaica

Across the Caribbean, Governments are tightening up on travel restrictions. Our first two cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica were “imported” from the United Kingdom, and so were several other cases in the region. My personal view is that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made matters worse over there by apparently embracing the concept of “herd … More COVID-19: United Kingdom Added to Countries with Travel Restrictions for 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

A Coronavirus Update from Jamaica

It has been quite a week for Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton, who updated the Jamaican Parliament on the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on Wednesday, January 29. On the following day, the World Health Organization announced a global health emergency – and health officials around the world had a re-think on what measures were appropriate to prevent … More A Coronavirus Update from Jamaica

Baggage

The Petchary sat down this evening with her son to watch a film called “American History X.”  It is a stark portrayal of racism – a white supremacist gang member, played by Edward Norton, and the influence he has on his young brother.  Norton, of course, acts his socks off.  The expression on his face … More Baggage

Traveling

Traveling is something the Petchary loves to do – or rather, departing and arriving. But sometimes the actual act itself. So she will be spreading her wings and off for three weeks. But, keeping a travel journal all the while, some of which, with every good intention, the Petchary intends to transcribe into this blog. … More Traveling