With 24 active cases of COVID-19 and five deaths recorded in Waterford, St Catherine, and 21 cases in Whitfield Town, Kingston, the Government has imposed a curfew on the densely populated communities to prevent an exponential spike of the highly contagious virus.
The curfew took effect at 6 o’clock Tuesday evening and ends at 5 a.m. today. The measure will continue each day until October 20.
During curfew hours, only essential workers with identification will be allowed to enter or exit these communities.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, in a statement to Parliament on Tuesday, said that Kingston, St Andrew, and St Catherine accounted for almost 70 per cent of new COVID cases in September.
The country reported a total of 7,109 cases as at October 5 with 4,216 being active, while 2,674 people have recovered. To date, 123 deaths are linked to COVID-19. Currently, 140 people are hospitalised, with 39 being moderately ill and 12 critical.