At 2:35 PM today, some 71,182 people had completed applications for grants under the CARE program implemented by the government to offset the effects of COVID-19.
Minister of Finance, Dr. Nigel Clarke notes that of the total applications so far, there were 51,205 applications for the COVID-19 compassionate grant which provides a one-time $10,000 cash transfer.
Meantime, there were 19,744 applications for a SET cash grant.
Under the SET cash grant, applicants will receive $9,000 per fortnight, starting in April, and running until the end of June.
The Finance Minister notes that applications are being received from all parishes across the island.
So far St. Catherine has seen the most applications with 10,494 as at 2:35 PM.
Kingston follows with 8,916 applications; there were 7, 836 applicants from St. James with St. Ann following closely at 7,795 applications.
St. Thomas and Portland saw the least applications.
St. Thomas had 1,988 applicants while Portland had 1,909 applicants.
Beneficiaries are expected to receive payments within 30 days after application and confirmation that all eligibility requirements are met.
Applications for the COVID-19 Allocation of Resources for Employees (CARE) programme will close by June 30.
The Ministry of Finance has noted that the high number of applications has resulted in users experiencing glitches on the website, however, the team is working assiduously to have the problems resolved.