Residents of Albion and Seaforth in St Thomas were left surprised, and some upset, after their communities were placed on lockdown amid an increase in COVID-19 infections.
The areas have recorded some 13 cases over the last three weeks.
“Many of the cases are symptomatic, which is a cause for concern and suggests that there may be ongoing transmission in the communities,” said a ministry of health spokesperson in a release.
The quarantine period, which began at 5 a.m. Thursday morning, will run for 14 days, ending on September 2.
Scores of people attempting to leave Albion were stopped by members of the Jamaica Defence Force, who have set up several barriers in the area as they enforced the quarantine orders.