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    My Fellow Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora.

    For the past two weeks, our nation has been gripped by fear, panic, and uncertainty as the dreaded COVID-19 virus reached our shores.

    I am using this opportunity to speak to you, not only as your Governor-General, but as a husband, father, brother, friend and concerned citizen.

    Firstly, I thank the Most Honourable Prime Minister, the Minister of Health and Wellness and their team for the leadership and management of this crisis so far.

    Their swift response contained the rapid spread of the disease in Jamaica. We recognize that this virus has no regard for religion, culture, occupation or financial status. It affects all strata of our society. Let us not panic, rather let us be vigilant and support each other even when we cannot hug.

    Because the virus has affected every continent, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a pandemic on Wednesday, 11th March 2020. We hear the struggles of health care workers, the need for Personal Protective Equipment such as: masks, gloves, ventilators and hospital beds. People are dying and the infection rate increases daily.

    As of 24th March 2020 in Jamaica we have 25 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1 death. The spread of this disease is crippling businesses, closing borders and keeping billions of people confined at home around the world. We have never experienced anything like this in our lifetime.

     

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