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Jamaican Health Ministry Says 4,500 Travellers Have Reported In

Jamaica's Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, seen speaking at a digital press conference, yesterday. Photo credit: Donald De La Haye/JIS.

Jamaican Health Ministry Says 4,500 Travellers Have Reported In

KINGSTON, Jamaica April 8, 2020 — Approximately 4,500 persons, who travelled to Jamaica, between March 18 and 24, have reported to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, announced Portfolio Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, during a digital press conference from his New Kingston offices, yesterday.

The government has issued calls for the approximately 7,000 persons, who arrived in the island, over the period, to contact the Ministry, by calling at 888-ONE-LOVE (663-5683), 888-754-7792, 876-542-5998, 876-542-6007, 876-542-6006 or 876-542-5998.

Persons, with a recent travel history, are being urged to self-report and self-quarantine, as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“In the past few days, we have seen a significant increase in the number of Jamaicans, who have reported to the Ministry, as it relates to those persons, who came in to the island, over the last few days, prior to the travel restrictions on incoming passengers,” Dr. Tufton reported.

“An estimated 7,000 persons came into the island, between March 18 and March 24, and 1,500 of that number, left the country. Up to the end of last Friday, approximately 1,000 persons have reported to the Ministry, and, over the last three days, some 3,500 persons have reported to the Ministry,” he noted.

He said that the health authorities are working, closely, with the Ministries of National Security, and Finance and the Public Service; and Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) to track the approximately 1,000 persons, who have still not reported.

“We advise that 1,000 to report, so that we can validate, clarify their health status and provide the guidance that is in their best interest, as well as the interest of their families and community,” Dr. Tufton said.

Effective March 18, all travellers from countries, where there is local transmission of COVID-19, are required to self-quarantine, for up to 14 days.

Persons, who are non-complaint could be charged, under Section 52 of the Disaster Risk Management Act, for failing to obey a direction, given to regulate movement within or around the island, pursuant to the Disaster Risk Management Enforcement Measures Number 2 Order 2020.

Breaches of the Act attract a maximum fine of $1 million or 12 months’ imprisonment.

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