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Jamaica: 700 J’cans Murdered Since COVID Outbreak – Distant Finds Figure Disappointing In Light Of Restrictions

Amid the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 700 people have been murdered across Jamaica since the dreaded respiratory ailment reached local soil.

The staggering death toll comes despite a range of stringent COVID-19 containment measures that have restricted the movement of citizens.

Ten of the 19 police divisions nationwide were also blanketed by states of emergency (SOEs) for varying periods this year.

A total of 268 murders were recorded between January 1 and March 10 this year, when Jamaica confirmed its first case of the virus.

Since then, there have been 709 reported killings, pushing the year-to-date total to 977 up to last weekend, according to statistics obtained by The Sunday Gleaner.

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