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.