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Portmore clean-up - Municipal corporation carries out exercise to help prevent spread of COVID-19

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer
Workers carrying out a cleaning exercise yesterday in Portmore, St Catherine.
Workers carrying out a cleaning exercise yesterday in Portmore, St Catherine.

A massive sanitisation drive was carried out by the Portmore Municipal Corporation in the Sunshine City yesterday in preparation for the thousands of residents who are expected to come out to shop today – the second designated day for getting essential items under the lockdown of St Catherine, announced by Prime Minister Holness on Tuesday.

Residents were allowed to get items of food and pharmaceuticals on Wednesday, the first day of the lockdown.

Thirty-two workers of Alorica call centre in Portmore who tested positive for COVID-19 triggered the lockdown. Since that time a total of 52 persons including those linked to workers at the facility have tested positive for the disease.

The sanitisation process started in Waterford and targeted all commercial centres and other areas where people will gather to conduct business today.

Started two weeks ago

Mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas, said that the sanitisation thrust started two weeks ago, but has since been intensified because of the situation with the virus in Portmore.

“Tomorrow (today) is when residents will be coming out to do their shopping so we want to make sure that all the commercial areas are properly sanitised including the Alorica premises,” Thomas said.

“Our goal is to keep the virus from infecting our residents, and in light of what has transpired at the call centre we have intensified our sanitising efforts throughout the entire municipality,” he further stated.

Thomas disclosed that the municipality has also provided tents at the three health centres in the municipality at the request of the healthcare workers who are presently conducting COVID-19 testing.

In the meantime, the mayor is appealing to residents to remain calm, wash their hands frequently with soap and water, stay in their homes during this period and carry out all the recommendations put forward by the Ministry of Health & Wellness to ensure their safety.