At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19


This is such good news. I am sharing with you all, because it cannot come soon enough. Telemedicine has been talked about for long enough in Jamaica – now at last here is the opportunity provided by this pandemic to protect vulnerable groups – who should not be leaving home, and who don’t wish to … More At-Risk Groups Will Soon be Able to Self-Screen for COVID-19

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15


Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It’s a rather awkward phrase to pronounce, but a very important day that focuses on an issue that is often ignored and forgotten. Two years ago, I wrote about this as a “hidden problem.” As founder of the non-governmental organization Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) Jean Lowrie-Chin has … More World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 15

“The Virus Is Still Out There”: COVID-19 in Jamaica – Travel, Tourism, More


Some people have asked me if I am going to do another update on COVID-19. We had two back-to-back press briefings and an online event with the Minister of Tourism, which I missed, at the end of this week. But first here are the latest numbers: We have two new cases today – June 14 … More “The Virus Is Still Out There”: COVID-19 in Jamaica – Travel, Tourism, More

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

Earth Day 2020 in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons We Are Learning


It is the eve of Earth Day 2020 (Wednesday, April 22) and its fiftieth anniversary. Last year, I collected a bunch of inspirational quotes and did some philosophizing. 2020 is a historic occasion, which we will celebrate online while something else – something almost beyond our imagination – is unfolding in our lives. Like most periods … More Earth Day 2020 in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons We Are Learning

Ministry Issues Recommendations for the Wearing of Masks


There has been much discussion about the wearing of masks in Jamaican social media. Jamaicans have even started making their own. At the last press briefing on COVID-19, the Chief Medical Officer demonstrated how to put them on and remove them. The World Health Organization also shares guidelines on “When and How to Use Masks”here. … More Ministry Issues Recommendations for the Wearing of Masks

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: 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

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