JM | Dec 22, 2020

Last UK arrivals before travel ban effected now under quarantine

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Some 302 passengers, who arrived on a flight from the United Kingdom on December 21 are now in state quarantine for a minimum of 48 hours.

The passengers will be sampled and will have to await their COVID-19 test result. Travellers who are negative for COVID-19 will be released to complete their mandatory 14 day quarantine, while those who are positive will be isolated until recovered.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said family members of passengers with concerns may contact the ministry at 888-ONE-LOVE (888-663-5683).

“The travellers can be picked up by their relatives after the minimum 48-hour quarantine.”

Ministry of Health and Wellness

“Again, family members must strictly adhere to the infection prevention and control measures when picking up their relatives, as well as during the mandatory quarantine period,” the ministry said.

“The travellers can be picked up by their relatives after the minimum 48-hour quarantine.”

Persons may still develop symptoms during the 14-day quarantine period and transmit the virus to others, therefore travellers must follow the check-in protocols and family members must observe the COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures.

Support for UK Residents and Cargo Flights

The ministry said it would be working with the various airlines to support the repatriation of UK residents who are in the island and wish to return to the UK. Cargo flights from the UK are also exempted from the current travel ban.

The travel ban came was announced on Monday as concerns grew worldwide over the discovery of a new variant of COVID-19 which the authorities have estimated 70 per cent more aggressive transmission.

It is not currently believed to be more deadly, and there are no indications the current vaccines will be less effective against it, countries worldwide yesterday barred travel from the UK for at least 24 hours, to allow medical experts time to get a greater understanding of the variant before taking further action.

The Jamaican health ministry said yesterday it had been advised that the two other UK flights expected to arrive in the island today (December 22) have been cancelled.

The travel ban will last for an initial period of two weeks, ending on Monday, January 4, 2021.


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