Jamaican Gov’t Looking at Hotels as Isolation Centres – March 24 2020


good afternoon I am Andrea Chisholm
where the midday news a special welcome if you’re watching on one spot Mediacom
with jamaicans on alert for a rapid increase in the number of kovat 19 cases
the government may have to use hotels and other facilities as isolation
centers the Health Minister told a press conference on Monday that 600 rooms are
needed 21 confirmed cases of Kobe 19 as at Monday March 23 for the health
authorities the corona virus may be spreading in communities undetected and
so it’s expanding how kovat 19 tests are being done to include those with no link
to any imported case for example persons with flu-like illnesses such as
pneumonia we are testing know all severe acute respiratory illnesses that are
presenting to our hospitals over the last week we’ve tested 36 of these
persons these are persons from hospitals across the country that would have
pneumonias severe respiratory infections and they have been all been negative
this is just a sampling of the population to ensure that we are picking
up cases that may be there the government has also shifted its position
health minister dr. Christopher Tufton says rapid test kits will be introduced
there are many offers of kids out there and the reliability of a number of those
offers are questionable and we are very careful to examine to determine that we
have a kid that gives a high level of accuracy we have appointed a small team
and they have come back with a recommendation and I think we’re not at
the phase where we can acquire these kids and establish a protocol that will
allow approved entities more than likely to be a public health system hospitals
in the parishes or selected parishes to administer the tests
except that that protocol in the first instance where someone is positive would
mean a secondary test with the more accurate arrangements that we have and
so more isolation facilities will be needed at least 600 rooms these rooms as
I said have to have their own bedroom and bathrooms we are asking the public
just for support in helping us to identify these facilities we know there
are a number of facilities like hotels that are now not operating the
government would like to engage them in a conversation around the availability
of these facilities and of course we’d like to engage them in a manner where
we’re not being the normal market hotel rates meanwhile with the private doctors
and hospitals such as Andrews Memorial closing its doors to people with
symptoms linked to kovat 19.8 often made this appear avoid or be discouraged from
shutting down your operation because we’re getting some of that in other
words some private practices are closing shop either because they feel they are
not fully equipped to carry out their duties or have one concern or the other
we’re saying that if you have an issue and you’d like us to engage in
conversation we have the numbers where we will for that type of conversation
and the reason being to the extent that our private players who see about 55
percent of our population on a normal basis to the extent that they close it
creates a crowding effect on the hospital which we really mean while the
prime minister had a warning to those who breach the laws that should help to
contain the spread of kovat 19 effective March 25 no gathering of more than 10
people will be allowed that includes funerals and weddings bars and schools
will also remain closed it is not a time for panic because panic does not help a
serious situation it is a time however for Responsible action the government
cannot and is not expecting to be able to enforce and every single person
who does not comply but rest assure the government will enforce on those who we
catch in the meantime the ban on visits to infirmaries will last for another 30
days and no new cases will be accepted for another 60 days a 14-day ban for
both visits and in new cases was initially issued on March 13 mr.
McKenzie which is the local government minister Desmond McKenzie adds that
isolation areas for persons with kovat 19 are being identified in infirmaries
and to make available at the vineyard own golden age womb and the Clarendon
infirmaries some 30 are rooms to facilitate social cases from our public
hospitals and the corona virus pandemic as it intensifies mining operations in
Jamaica may be scaled down leading to possible job losses details in this
report because mining sector has started to feel the impact of the Cova to 19 and
as such uncertainty looms over job security in the sector niranda bauxite
in Santana reported to the Union of technical administrative and supervisory
personnel you’d ask that it is looking at cutting costs which
includes laying off staff now general secretary of Utah’s percent Patrice
Ennis says a bauxite company has arranged a meeting with the Union to
discuss the matter LaRhonda bauxite is experiencing some
difficulty this has been happening for some time now but it has been
exacerbated by the cooling epidemic that we know have worldwide and the company
has expressed its desire to embark upon some cost-cutting measures and one such
measure could be layoffs so it is always the Union priority to see as best as
possible how it can keep job and so we are prepared to engage with the company
it understood that the company will also be
meeting with other unions on the matter approximately 400 employees are
presented by the different unions Utah’s represents some of those employees mr.
ennis says his union will look at ways to minimize job losses and we are going
to sit down with them and see what are the best measures that we could employ
at this moment to mitigate the company’s cost and at the same time do not be
burdensome to the workers and that there are myriad approaches that we could take
as we have done this before and I think me would want to consider
insole is people not having a job to go to machine masters TPJ news there are
concerns about a number of high-ranking officials globally testing positive for
kovat 19 but what about local officials Shamala Pollan reports several
high-profile politicians around the world including countries like Iran
Spain Italy the United States and the United Kingdom have tested positive for
kovat 19 in the past 24 hours we got word that a member of this chamber
Senator Paul has tested positive for coronavirus and the husband of another
member senator Klobuchar also tested positive British MP Nadine Doris a
minister and health department also been tested positive for the virus Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau are also
in quarantine because they came in contact with persons who tested positive
locally health minister dr. Christopher Tufton has been doing interviews meeting
people and holding press conferences dr. Tufton says he’s aware of the risks
involved however he said it can be a challenge not to do the wrongs for tours
meetings and other activities related to managing the nation’s response to some
persons have pointed out that the Prime Minister’s press briefings have had over
20 persons in one space but despite the challenge
dr. Tufton says he has taken enough precautionary measures to minimize the
risk the team into the restricted zone I was opposed to military and police force
do you’ve an opportunity to interact with some of the persons who were in the
zone at the border but again you know the observing of social distancing and
the personal hygiene protocols were applied beyond that he also said that he
has also taken a holistic approach to his health right swim or combination of those I
tried to know my health status which is you know doing my annual physical and
then in terms of dieting I try to balance my dad Shamala pullin TVJ News
and it’s time for a break here on the midday news but stay with us we have
more stories right after these messages welcome back and we’re continuing the
news eight people were murdered across the island yesterday and five others
were injured the incident took place incidents took place in Saint James st.
Catherine North Kingstown central Hanover Westmoreland and st. Andrew
south police divisions this follows a series of attacks which killed more than
a dozen people on the weekend more than 300 persons have been murdered since
January and in sports the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed until
next year because of the corona virus pandemic the event was due to begin on
July 24 and will now take place no later than the summer of 2021 according to the
International Olympic Committee president of the IOC Thomas back said he
came to an agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a earlier this
morning the Tokyo Paralympic Games will also be postponed until 2021 and that’s
the midday news I’m Andrea Chisholm join us at 7:00 for the prime time news
package on behalf of the news sports and production teams good afternoon you

85 thoughts on “Jamaican Gov’t Looking at Hotels as Isolation Centres – March 24 2020”

  • How about the private hospitals offer to take patients from other hospital that does not have the virus so that the public hospitals has more space to deal with Covid cases. Now is not the time to be closing doors but we need to be working together and help in whatever way we can

  • Yes, turn all those massive, expensive resorts that have taken over Jamaica into isolation centers for ALL residents of Jamaica. It's time they help out the people of Jamaica.

  • MISSION CREEP. THE NEW WORLD ORDER BEING IMPLEMENTED COVERTLY. IT WILL FAIL CAUSE WE THE PEOPLE WILL NOT GIVE UP OUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS WITHOUT A FIGHT. WE WILL NOT BE DICTATED TO. FULL STOP.

  • PETER TOSH SONG crystal ball tell you schools closed down churches closed down and the cties getting shity prophecy

  • How the government is ordering the public gathering not more than 8 at a time, but they are packing up in parliament building. They does not considered themselves to spread the disease to one another too,they should used telephone conversation to avoid contacting each other. From all the time with the spreading of the coronavius disease, you have not heard nothing from the 3 major countries. That so many Jamaicans living from those countries government, to offer any form of help.
    With the very 1st case was from England to Jamaica, and you don't hear nothing from the government there also the United States or Canada to give. Any form of help, but things which they should be involved into, they are telling the Jamaican government who they should keep company with.
    I hope the Jamaican government learned his lesson ,because is only one country giving Jamaica any form of help .Is the same Cuba government which the JLP party government send back home in 1980,when they took power.
    By following certain country order to send them back to Cuba, and depriving the poor people in Jamaica social services help and. They are back in Jamaica to give whatever help they can,and the bigger also richer countries is not giving no help.
    Only sending delegates to Jamaica trying to dictating to the government, by telling them who they should keep company with and. In time of emergency operation when the Jamaican government needs help, you don't hear nothing from all of those countries who are all up in Jamaica business. This should be a lesson to all of Jamaican people in general, that Cuba is our closest neighbour,and also our best friend.

  • I'm from the UK. 89 people died in the last 24hrs because of this virus. The Jamaican people have a chance to do a better job preventing this so you don't end up in our position. Please don't mek the mistakes like us and ignore the rules. πŸ‘ŠβœŠ

  • I would like to asked the PM Andrew Holness a question,? what his government and colleagues,is doing for the poor people in Jamaica who cannot worked. Because of the closures of their work places,what kind of help is he giving the poor people.
    More than just talking lips services to the people of Jamaica, how are they going to pay their bills now. Are government trying to send a little cheques to the registered workers,who is paying taxes for years.I would like to hear something from him, or his spoke person who incharged of information. Not some loggerheads who does not the intricacies about what is going on, also no chatty mouth people please. Only authorised personnels from the government, who are incharged of certain positions of information, ok.

  • Yes, at lot of hotels are not doing so well right now, so it would be good if they would be willing to help out

  • My lovely Brothers and Sisters. Let us keep trusting God Almighty and continue to lock away on our knees in prayers…. I am not talking about Christian people only…. all Jamaicans…… a matter of fact the whole world need to take the time out and talk to God and repent….God need true repentance from each one of us. We all need to get closer to Him and always put Him first in all that we do. Let us repent daily!!! Love you all and nuff blessings β€πŸ™πŸ™Œ
    Also before you pray read Psalms chapter 91. β€β€β€β€β€β€πŸ™ŒπŸ™

  • We talk a lot about God but not too much about generosity. Let's see how much these hotels are willing to help. Most ppl there have a scarcity mindset.. which means yuh nah nothing a get but prayers.

  • To everything in this world there's two sides. And as I where told: the good has to suffer for the bad. The label and eyes that's all on us is really bad. Even worse than us is looking down an us.

  • In any situation, one cannot ignore signs. I believe the need to look at the fact that the murder rate jump sharply upward at the beginning of 2020. What is happening 2020 in Jamaica??? An Election Year! The Finance Minister present a great Budget, The Government got praise from International Organization for their handling of Covid-19, in March. So what happen in March? Higher number of murders in a weekend. I hope my observation is wrong however, It's like the more the Government do good, the more murders occur! It's as if someone in position of power is orchestrating these killings to make the Government look bad, This is not normal, I believe our intelligence gathering apparatus need to think out of the box, in relation to this continuous homicide of Jamaican People…

  • It's been on the news in UK that nurses at a hospital come together and pray before the start of work.
    The Christians all need to repent & call on God in earnest

  • Please people used eucalyptus oil and Vick inna unno nose hole when going on the road and wash unno hand just a coat of some inna unno nose hole help to protect this dangerous virus and wear long sleeves when out as you come out from off the street take those close off and wash are put away in a bag till you can wash them spray down you shoes we can do a lot to stop the spread please just play your part.

  • Jamaican people wise up! This is world three they're fighting, it's call biological warfare…… So eventually they'll implement the new world order. So people across the globe should gear up for the bigger pandemic……

  • I have repertory problems call and was told they will call all now the doctor I visit says I cant come there I don't kn wat to do

  • Yes i agree everyone is in the same boat,so stop complaining.πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ get on your knees and pray.

  • The hotel seem the best place just pay for a big hotel and the people will be better off and have their own space

  • I rate u mr government and all who doing this to our island
    Good work
    And this team I give them 100%
    Of rating
    To some country that wait until it spread
    Keep up ur good work and thank to all who make it possible
    And thank u CUBA for ur help risking ur life for us
    We owe u so much
    Thank again

  • Well I said that already. I stayed at Riu and word was that they were closing April for Renovations.
    ATTENTION: MY HONEST LAW ABIDING CITIZENS. I GOT WORD FROM FRIENDS FROM JAMAICA THAT JPS IS TURNING OFF PEOPLE LIGHT FOR ONE WEEK LATE OF NON PAYMENT IN THIS PANDEMIC PERIOD.
    TO ALL THE LOBBIST WHO ADVOCATE FOR GOV'T TO SELL OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES, THIS IS WHY ITS NOT A GOOD IDEA. REASON BEING THEY ARE FOREIGNERS. PANDEMICS OR NOT THEY DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR CITIZENS. ITS NOT THERE PROBLEM. IN US AND CANADA ALTHOUGH SOME OF THESE SERVICES ARE PRIVATIZED THERE ARE STRICT RULES ABOUT DISCONNECTING OR WITHDREW SERVICES. THEY ARE PROCESSES TO FOLLOW. PLUS THE COMPANIES ARE NATIVE TO THESE COUNTRIES. ITS APPALLING HOW NAIVE THESE PREDOMINANT BLACK LEADERS ARE ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY. THESE CULPRITS MAKE MONEY FROM THERE SAID VICTIMS. WHAT A WORLD.

    ITS VERY SHAMEFUL AND SAD THAT JPS WOULD BE SO INHUMANE. TELLING PEOPLE THAT THE COMPUTERS ARE SET TO DISCONNECT WITHIN A WEEK. THIS IS A PANDEMIC SHOULD YOU NOT HAVE RESET YOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS?
    I AM TOLD THAT AS OF TOMORROW SOME PAY MASTER WILL BE CLOSE,SO THEN WHAT WILL THE PEOPLE DO? YOU ARE A BUNCH OF RACISTS OPERATORS! THAT DO , ANY AND EVERYTHING TO SUFFER BLACK PEOPLE. AND USE THEIR SAME PEOPLE TO CARRY IT OUT AGAINST THEIR OWN PEOPLE .
    JAMAICA GOOD PEOPLE I FEEL FOR YOU. BE SAFE STAY HOME .

  • A long time we a tell Jamaica leader to lock down the country, and now government looking room, go talk to ed him always a talk about tourism him can get the room for free. Him stop come on the news now πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

  • Health ministry stop spreading lies about the corona pandemic. Where are the sick people . everything Jamaicans put on whtasapp fb etc have not seen any citizens of the deads. News reporter lies lies lies. You all will see where this is going. Foolish . the entire world is locked down. Persons loosing jobs no school bills etc. Crime will be going up. Jamaica is a small country. You people dont think out of the box the media thinks for you…

  • I don't agree that the whole country should be quarantined. Use the data to locate the hotspots and be stringent on those areas. Free up the areas where there is no cases. This is the approach Trump his using. Don't now to the Globalist agenda.

  • ,😁😁😁😁😁 di scamma dem deh ya!!! Dawg di Banga dem deh ya !!!!me a tell yuh say di shella dem deh ya!!

  • P m says they will enforce the law of people gathering over 10. I wondering if that's also apply to him, I'm sure more than 10 people is at that press conference, who is gonna enforce that, aren't they breaking the law? I'm starting to wonder if this virus thing is a ploy to take away people rights. NEW WORLD ORDER!

  • Am next waste of people tax paying money why the government doesn't try to send these people at the private hospitals cause at this point we should be living together as one, why give the rich poor people money and lots of us going to be out of work for 2 to three months with no pay and they can give us the money to help us to buy food for our families

  • Canadian Prime Minister is Justin Trudeau not Pierre Trudeau?????? Pierre is his Fathers name, who was also Prime Minister of Canada YEARS AGO. A news broadcast should report accurate information.

  • I think Jamaica have lot more corona cases but not identify as yet. I pray for our nation and hope it’s not taking over silently, River runs deep

  • What are the real numbers that we are looking at because am sure you would not need to expand to hotels for only 25 cases or is that all public hospitals are full … They have lied in the pass to make the sector look good and themselves but this is not time … we need the truth now more than ever because ppl are not taking this serious…

  • Well now is the best time to host a wedding. Lot less people coming especially where country weddings are concerned.
    But all fun and joke aside, we pray that the Lord help our land.

  • They can use the churches also Gods house is the best house. Why do you need 600 rooms are the numbers more higher than 21?

  • God is still waiting for people to repent. And turn away from their wickness. Stop oppressing and fighting people out of their jobs. Cut down on the high cost of living. God is waiting foe the evil spiritual wickness in high places to fall. God will remove covid when people of the world repent and stop live like they are God.

  • Two states in America about to sue china government I think Jamaica government should do the same thing who agree with me

  • These so-called bad boys that as going around and killing innocent people in Jamaica the government need to catch as much as possible and place them in a prison cell with a person who has the Coronavirus and infect them so that they can die faster because they are demons .

  • Wow she said Pierre Trudeau but his name is Justin Trudeau. No wonder people sometimes don't trust the media.

  • We all need to comply for even once. For a better country… Ppl fail to realize anyone can catch this virus but no need to panic just comply and do the right thing

  • This government in Jamaica is the best one since the 70st.they do g well especially the minster of health and the priminster.&

  • I'am upset with you some time minister Tuffton but please be careful dont want anything happend to you sir be wise in your doings

  • put them all in jail if they cant lesson to the law sometime some of the jamaican people running to danger instead of running away from danger they can be so crazy at time are just dont care but when got cough they crying like a baby

  • Lord I pray for the person reading this. Cover them under your precious blood even now mighty God. Give them your peace I pray in Jesus name. Amen

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