On Monday, December 21, Jamaica imposed a two-week journey ban on the UK after a brand new pressure of COVID-19 was detected within the nation. It was later revealed that 20 of the 301 passengers on the final flight from the UK to Jamaica had examined optimistic for COVID-19. Since then, questions have been raised concerning how precisely the federal government would have allowed the passengers into the island with no damaging take a look at requirement.
Jamaica’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie defined that the UK was not on the record of nations that required a damaging take a look at consequence for journey, however guests are alleged to declare if they’d just lately examined optimistic for the virus. She mentioned that some guests might not have been sincere.
“The applying type to enter Jamaica does ask you to state whether or not or not you’ve just lately examined optimistic for COVID-19. Some folks might not put the right factor down. There are such a lot of prospects the place that’s involved, which is why we state the worth of the quarantine interval,” she mentioned on an area radio program.
In keeping with Dr Bisasor-McKenzie, many of the 301 passengers have been examined. She mentioned that the passengers had been very cooperative regardless of the viral video which confirmed them quarreling concerning the quarantine order.
“I need to say that the passengers had been very cooperative by way of going by the method and getting examined. I do know there have been some stories of them quarreling on social media however the report on the bottom is that they cooperated with the protocols.”
Within the meantime, questions have additionally been raised concerning whether or not or not the brand new pressure of COVID-19 is now in Jamaica.
Dr Mindi Fitz Henley, the President of the Jamaica Medical Docs Affiliation, says Jamaica doesn’t but have the know-how to detect the brand new pressure.
“We presently wouldn’t have the know-how. Whether it is that we wish to take a look at for the brand new pressure, we must ship it abroad to be examined. However it is very important notice that we do decide up every time an individual is COVID-positive”,” she defined.
Fitz-Henley has underscored the significance of all guests to Jamaica to stick to the 14-day quarantine orders.