Jamaica: A 75-year-old woman identified as Anita Brown was was murdered in her house in the quiet rural community of Cotton Piece in Ewarton, St Catherine, earlier this week on Monday.
According to the police officials, the older woman was found with her throat slashed, lying in a pool of blood in her living room at around 8 am.
Members of the community were shocked by her death and gathered at the crime scene to see her body.
The elderly have become relatively usual targets in Jamaica, as according to Jamaica Constabulary Force – JCF statistics, twenty-six individuals aged sixty-five years and over have been murdered in Jamaica this year.
The statistics have also shown that murders in Jamaica have decreased by 15.6 per cent in the St Catherine North Police Division this year, as compared to the reports of 2020.
Sixty-five people were killed in the city as at August 28 this year, 12 fewer than the 77 who were killed over the corresponding period last year. Nationally, murders have risen 9.7 per cent from 852 in 2020 to 935 in 2021.
The Nation is also currently facing the deadliest COVID-19 mutant; according to the reports by the Ministry of Health, there are a total of 73,496 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, whereas a total of 1,666 individuals have died in the island country due to the COVID-19 mutant.
On Tuesday, the CDC has added a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Jamaica, Lebanon, and Sri Lanka, advising Americans not to travel to those nations due to a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.
France and the Bahamas, two popular tourist destinations for Americans, are also at a Level 4 warning, including Jamaica.
In addition, Professor Gordon Shirley has been appointed as the chairman of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Operationalisation Task Force (NCVOTF).