Alkaline is certainly bitter over the COVID-19 outbreak as the virus interferes with the Dancehall artiste's earnings.
Due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, the Jamaican entertainer has postponed this year's staging of New Rules, which was set to be held on April 25, 2020, at the Constant Spring Golf Club in Kingston.
The “Monopoly” deejay recently voiced his disappointment over the situation on Twitter.
“Kmt big p-ssy rona smh,” Alkaline tweeted on Saturday (April 4).
Last month, the New Rules team, led by Alkaline's sister Kereena Beckford, released a statement explaining that it was in the public's best interest to push back the event and that it has been a challenge coming up with a new date.
“With the recent announcement of new travel bans and Jamaica's labelling as a disaster area due to the COVID-19 virus threat, the New Era Production team has decided to postpone the April staging of the New Rules Festival. We are presently consulting our advisers on the best date to host the event, based on the predictions by medical experts on when this unforeseen virus will be contained,” the statement read.
The team wants to ensure fans who have already bought tickets that their purchase will still be valid for the new date. Alkaline was preparing to deliver a memorable performance for his fans in Jamaica.
“Alkaline is looking forward to performing for his fans. It's going to be epic,” Kereena said in an interview with the Jamaica Star, last month.
Meanwhile, Beckford told reporters that in an effort to aid in the fight against COVID-19, Alkaline Foundation will be donating much-needed cleaning supplies to the Maxfield Park Children's Home in Kingston.
She said the team's decision to donate was a no-brainer, as she understands the crisis situation the country is in and the reality that some places will need assistance.
“Some of the items the home requires is costly for them, and we understand the importance of having these supplies on hand. We know supplies are high in demand right now and not available to everyone, and so we want to help as best as we can to make sure these kids are protected and safe,” she said.
As of Saturday, April 6, Jamaica has recorded 58 confirmed cases of COVID-19, as well as three associated deaths.
On Friday (April 3), Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that the closure of borders and the existing ban on incoming passenger flights, including for Jamaican nationals, that came into effect on Saturday, March 21, will be extended through Friday, April 17, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak within the country's borders. According to Holness, outgoing passengers and cargo will still be permitted to exit the country's borders.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.