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J Wray and Nephew suspends operations after contractor is quarantined

Operations at the J Wray & Nephew offices on Spanish Town Road in Jamaica have been suspended as the company said a contractor had been in close contact with Jamaica’s first confirmed coronavirus case.

A doctor uses a pipette during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs at UZ Leuven university hospital in Leuven, Belgium, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

In a release, the spirits manufacturer said the contractor has been quarantined for testing and monitoring by the Ministry of Health.

J Wray & Nephew said it is dialogue with Government officials to “assess and track the situation.”

As a result, the company said its operations at the 234 Spanish Town Road facility will be suspended pending the results of the contractor’s test. “We will keep our stakeholders and the public updated accordingly.”

The company said its ‘Smart Working Policy’ has been implemented, and all staff who are able to work remotely are being asked to do so. “The activation of the Smart Working Policy is another precautionary measure intended to safeguard the welfare of our employees, our customers and the wider community,”

“The public can be assured of J Wray & Nephew’s strict adherence to stringent, international manufacturing and quality standards, which means that our products can be consumed safely.”

– J Wray & Nephew

Jamaica confirmed its first imported case of the novel coronavirus yesterday after a woman who travelled from the United Kingdom returned to the island on March 4, presented to the public health system and subsequently tested positive for the virus.