Prime Minister Andrew Holness has placed the parish of St. Catherine under a 7-day lockdown. This as the country registered a major spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Prime Minister Holness made the announcement last evening during a digital media briefing.

The move follows the discovery of a major cluster of cases at a BPO entity, Alorica.

Prime Minister Holness began his address on a positive note praising the majority of the country for its compliance to measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID19.

However, he says a major spike in COVID19 cases has been reported.

According to Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton 32 additional cases of the virus have been identified over the last 24 hours.

This brings Jamaica’s total confirmed COVID19 cases to 105.

Of the 32 cases five are males and 27 are females, with addresses in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine.

Dr. Tufton says the vast majority are linked to the BPO entity Alorica located in Portmore St. Catherine.

Consequently, the Prime Minister announced a lockdown of St. Catherine starting 5 am today April 15 ending at 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 22.

The Prime Minister says the potential of spread is very great and requires tough measures.

He says the lockdown was limited to St. Catherine because mapping reveals a noted cluster in the parish.

But, he says based on information garnered through investigations further measures may be taken.