On Friday, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared Jamaica a disaster area. He said the areas of Seven Miles and Eight Miles in Bull Bay on the St Andrew/St Thomas border have been placed under quarantine, initially for two weeks, this as Jamaica ramps up efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Members of the Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been deployed to the area to restrict movement into and out of the communities.

There are eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica including ‘patient zero’, the first confirmed case on the island, who spent time in the Bull Bay communities.