By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

After reports of three COVID-19 fatalities and some 500 hospitalizations Thursday, Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness is instituting a 7-day lockdown on the island nation.


“Our case numbers are unacceptably high and rising and the rate of hospitalizations is beyond the capacity of our health system to cope”, Holness said.

Jamaica’s test positivity rate is currently 41.9%.

In addition, the Prime Minister announced the first confirmation of the delta variant–“This is of course not a surprise as all indications had been pointing in that direction.”

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The lockdown, effective Friday, is as follows:

  • There will be seven (7) no-movement days:
    • Sunday, August 22nd
    • Monday, August 23rd
    • Tuesday, August 24th
    • Sunday, August 29th
    • Monday, August 30th
    • Tuesday, August 31st , and
    • Sunday, September 5th
  • The normal curfew hours, with the exception of no-movement days, will be 7 pm nightly until 5 am the following morning on Mondays – Fridays and 6 pm on Saturdays.

More details on the curfew can be found HERE.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Jamaica has recorded 60,488 total cases, including 1,356 deaths. 28percent of the cases, or 17,048 were reported in the past month.