Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, on Thursday urged Jamaicans to remain calm as the nation faces the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which has killed more than 24,000 people globally.
In a televised address the Governor General thanked Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the Minister of Health and Wellness and their teams as well as medical professionals, for the hard work they have put into trying to contain the outbreak.
He also thanked members of the security forces and urged citizens to obey the guidelines set by the Government.
“I join the Government in asking everyone to take the necessary precautions in your personal hygiene,” the governor general said.
“Please demonstrate at all times respect for the orders, especially those which apply to gatherings,” he added.
He encouraged the nation to stay prepared and positive as the country faces the pandemic.
The full text of the Governor General’s speech is published below:
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.