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So I think it's good for them to lock it down and stabilise the situation.” Resident 4: “I like what they are doing still, but it kinda just sudden still… It just jump out a di blue. Speaking from Jamaica House yesterday during a digital press conference, the prime minister said that he asked the ­commissioner of police and the Ministry of Health & Wellness to investigate the circumstances under which 31 persons at Alorica contracted the disease with a view to ­pursuing charges if the Disaster Risk Management Act was breached.

submitted. The Prime Minister also underscored that all entry and exit points into and out of the parish of St. Catherine will become checkpoints.

If a person is ill with respiratory illnesses or flu-like symptoms, they are required to stay home and isolate themselves from others in their household. We are not taking that approach,” he said.

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Andrew Holness Swearing-in Speech for Four Ministers Sworn into the Cabinet of Jamaica. There were much more orderly scenes in Portmore, St Catherine on Wednesday as residents who are under a 14-day lockdown were allowed to shop for essential supplies and visit remittance service establishments.. The health officials have traced the recent jump in cases to a call centre operating in Portmore. The lockdown had ordered that barring emergencies, only non-essential workers would be allowed to leave the parish. or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

Cases at its Portmore call centre have since risen to 33. All Rights Reserved, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Disaster Risk Management Act (Enforcement Measures) No. All Rights Reserved. Thirty-two cases are a lot in one day, so we have to shut it down now and hope for the best.” Resident 2: “For me personally, I think it was a bit too sudden. “Under what condition you going to lift it? A member of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group.

He said that many players from the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector have observed the various protocols, with 10,000 of the approximately 40,000 workforce asked to work from home.

Various checkpoints have been established throughout St. Catherine, following Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Various checkpoints have been established throughout St. Catherine, following Prime Minister, the Most Hon.

Alorica has urged employees to cooperate with the entity as it transitions to a work-from-home model. Copyright © 2020 The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited. Various checkpoints have been established throughout St. Catherine, following Prime Minister, the Most Hon. “Then, we can get a better feel of whether or not we need to go to another level. He hinted at broader and tougher measures. 3. Further, residents in St Catherine whose surnames begin with the letter ‘A-M’ will be allowed to get their food stock or medication between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Terms under which this service is provided to you. The lockdown, which was initially imposed on April 14 and extended twice, was spurred by a sudden huge spike in COVID-19 cases in St Catherine due to an outbreak at the Alorica call centre in Portmore. Also please stick to the topic Of the 32 new cases, 31 are from the Alorica call centre in Portmore.

Our news team gathered that Alorica’s Kingston branch remains open for business.

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Our news team came upon Nicholas Foote, a resident of Braeton, who was not too keen that the coronavirus was under control in the parish to allow for a lifting of the lockdown today. Read our, Get the Facts – Coronavirus and the New Academic Year, Get the Facts – The Indigent Housing Programme, Get the Facts – Hurricane Preparedness and Government Shelters amid COVID-19, Do’s and Don’ts in Communicating with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Back to School Health Tips: Properly Wash Your Hands. How Do I protect Myself From Cybercrimes? With raised questions about the amount of testing for the novel coronavirus that has been conducted islandwide and its impact on the accuracy of confirmed cases, Tufton cautioned that mass COVID-19 testing was characterised by panic response.

Educator Doreen Stewart, who resides in Independence City, Portmore, told The Gleaner on Wednesday that she was distressed when the measure was extended a second time this week and was looking forward to its lifting today. Listening is Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters.The tour was to get a first-hand look at the modernised vinyl record pressing system at the studio and the upgrading work being undertaken by Canadian company, Vinyl Technologies. There were a lot of people who were not prepared for this lockdown with immediate effect. This new development has sent jitters throughout St Catherine, which has a number of key corridors interlinking the capital, Kingston, with central and western Jamaica.

All persons in St. Catherine out in public places must have an ID with a visible photograph. This initial group is the group that was the closest contact with the woman. Copyright © 2013 Jamaica Observer. Since the declaration of the global pandemic by the World Health Organization, members of the BPO sector say that they have been working steadfastly to implement business-continuity strategies for the sector and at the same time ensuring that they protect the health and well-being of their greatest assets: their employees. They (Gov't) should have given us an additional day, as many over here in Portmore are elderly people and they need help.” Resident 3: “For me it is the right thing to do, as Portmore is a place that is so cramped and you don't know who you are mixing with. Breaches of the order will attract penalties. Resident 1: “It is really unfortunate, but is something we have to do right now. “The entire company is on edge right now. The confirmed cases are from St Catherine, Kingston, and St Andrew. An aerial photograph taken on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 of the Kingston site of Alorica, a BPO which has closed two operations since the confirmation of two COVID-19 cases among its employees. A motorist shows his identification to a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force at a checkpoint in Portmore, St. Catherine, on April 16. The police and military are to allow the elderly to be accompanied by persons where needed.

Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been Yesterday, Tufton noted that health officials can now test up to 180 samples per day and that additional capacities are now being implemented to double the current capacity. The health ­ministry says 34 cases are now under investigation. PHOTOS: Portmore Checkpoint During Lockdown of St. Catherine, Compassionate Grant Applications Close Today, PM Holness Extends Opening Hours for Restocking in St. Catherine and BPOs Ordered Closed, Industry State Minister Says Country Still Open For Business, Copyright 2020 The Jamaica Information Service. Office: At that point, a decision will be made,” Tufton said. Suppliers of goods to supermarkets and shops will be exempted on days to be specified by the Government. © 2020 Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). Jamaica now has 105 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 32 cases since the last reported number yesterday (Monday).

The announcement comes on the heels of Jamaica reaching 105 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with a recent 33 coming from St. Catherine. A member of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group.

There are countries that are buying test kits that are 60 per cent accurate, raising the possibility of false negatives and false positives.

Of the 32 new cases, five are men and 27 women between the ages of 19 and 70. A member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) conducts a temperature check on a motorist exiting a section of St. Catherine today (April 16).

“I am putting Jamaicans on notice that we have entered into a new phase,” the prime minister said. During the lockdown, one person from each household will be allowed to conduct the essentials of life on Wednesday, April 15 and Saturday April 18, 2020. 58a Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10 The BPO firm has two locations in Jamaica, one in Portmore and the other in Kingston. “There are countries that are buying five tests per citizen, which, to my mind, it really doesn’t make much sense. However, Tufton said the BPO could not definitively say when the centre would be reopened as that depended on the scale of viral spread.

The ministry has interviewed and tested 258 employees. 1 (876) 926-3740-6, Jamaica House Weekly | Presented by: Vanessa Silvera, Sharing the Love | Presented by: Andrae Palmer, JIS News | Presented by: Anjuii James Sawyers. Persons 65 years and older will be allowed to get the essentials of life between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We have received information that two students at the Gregory Park Primary School in St Catherine allegedly had an altercation resulting in the parent of one of the students visiting to the school to attack the other student.

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