[KINGSTON, Jamaica] – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett has revealed that pressing steps are being taken to ramp up Jamaica’s COVID-19 testing capability, amid stories of anticipated modifications in testing necessities by one of many nation’s largest tourism supply markets – the US of America.
“Like all different nations, we perceive the necessity to defend residents and to place measures in place to assist cut back the unfold of this lethal virus. It is because of this the Authorities of Jamaica and key companions are placing measures in place to spice up the COVID-19 testing capability regionally,” mentioned Minister Bartlett.
Based on information stories by media entities such because the Wall Avenue Journal, the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention is planning to subject an order for all airline passengers from worldwide locations to indicate proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at earlier than boarding flights to the US. The brand new order is anticipated to be introduced as early as at this time, January 12 and is anticipated to take impact on January 26, 2021.
This comes on the heels of an analogous COVID-19 take a look at requirement by the governments of Canada and the UK, which additionally requires all individuals flying to these nations to current unfavourable take a look at outcomes to facilitate entry or to keep away from self-quarantine.
Although involved in regards to the pressure this can place on the assets of Jamaica’s well being care system and the overall financial restoration of the island, Minister Bartlett has disclosed that: “The Ministry of Tourism is working carefully with the Ministry of Well being and Wellness, the Non-public Sector Group of Jamaica (PSOJ), the Jamaica Lodge and Vacationer Affiliation (JHTA) in addition to non-public labs and different key stakeholders to have extra out there testing amenities in place to make the method a extra seamless one.”
“These rising modifications in testing necessities inside the journey business will undoubtedly trigger a setback within the financial restoration of small susceptible locations globally. These changes will place added stress on the assets wanted to deal with our residents, particularly in nations which have made appreciable efforts to efficiently bolster their well being and security requirements to insulate vacationers and residents alike, from the chance of COVID-19 an infection. We are going to nonetheless, proceed to work carefully with all native and worldwide tourism companions, to make sure the protection of our residents and guests, “mentioned Minister Bartlett.
COVID-19 Well being and Security Protocols
“We have now developed and launched sturdy COVID-19 Well being and Security Protocols which have been endorsed by the World Journey and Tourism Council in addition to COVID-Resilient Corridors, to spice up the nation’s potential to handle and hint the motion and actions of vacationers alongside managed corridors inside the nation. These progressive measures have helped to tell apart Jamaica as among the many most COVID-19 resilient locations on the earth. We are going to proceed to watch and improve our well being and security requirements to guard our residents and each single vacationer who lands on our shores,” Minister Bartlett mentioned.
“Whereas we make preparations to facilitate this probably request, we implore the governments of the US, Canada and the UK to rethink such COVID-19 testing necessities and consider the peculiar circumstances and danger degree related to travelling to particular person nations, as we consider that Jamaica has confirmed to be a secure vacation spot with strict and efficient COVID-19 protocols in place,” he added.
Based on the Wall Avenue Journal: “The CDC order for common testing of passengers, together with for U.S. residents getting back from overseas, comes weeks after the US Authorities imposed a testing requirement for vacationers from the U.Ok. over issues a few extra infectious pressure of the virus that was detected there.”