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US Embassy advises citizens: State of Emergency declared in Kingston

The US Embassy in Jamaica issued a travel advisory on Monday (24 September) warning citizens about travel to the neighbouring island.

It comes as the Jamaican Government declared a state of emergency in central downtown Kingston.

The state of emergency comes as a means of countering criminal activity. Jamaican security forces will be able to detain and deport suspicious people, enter premises and seize property without a warrant.

The US Embassy advisory warned that there would be an increased police and military presence and businesses and public places in the affected area would have restricted hours of operation.

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Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at or .

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