The coronavirus pandemic has not only put a strain on Jamaica’s healthcare system but also the island’s security forces, who have not only been tasked with fighting crime during the pandemic but also managing health and safety measures and battling the virus among its members.
More than 230 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have tested positive for COVID-19 since the first case was recorded in Jamaica in March.
Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson provided the numbers during a virtual media briefing as he indicated the impact that the pandemic has had on the JCF, which has just over 11,000 active members.
Major Anderson said that the force has had 239 COVID-19 cases since March, with over 200 members currently in quarantine. Anderson did not indicate if the JCF has recorded any COVID related deaths.
The numbers come just has Jamaica surpasses 8,000 COVID-19 cases. The island yesterday also recorded nine new deaths, to push the total COVID-19 death toll to 160.