Jamaica has expanded restrictions on travellers from abroad to now embody these from six South American international locations – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru.
In line with a press release issued by the Workplace of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Wednesday, the enlargement of the restrictions to extra abroad travellers got here after a evaluation of the state of affairs in South America the place a number of international locations there are experiencing noticeable spikes in COVID-19 instances.
The OPM has additionally pointed to the rising variety of international locations with the Brazilian variants of COVID-19, that are mentioned to be extra simply transmitted from individual to individual.
The journey ban which takes impact on Thursday, April 1, is to stay in place till April 13.
“Jamaica is at a important juncture within the COVID-19 pandemic; we’re experiencing a second surge of instances that has threatened to overwhelm our well being care system. The restrictions on the desired international locations are to lower the chance of entry of the extra transmissible variants to Jamaica,” the assertion mentioned.
Underneath the brand new restrictions, all non-Jamaicans who’ve been within the UK, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Paraguay throughout the final 14 days previous to their meant arrival date in Jamaica, is not going to be permitted to enter Jamaica.
It additionally famous that Jamaicans who’ve been within the seven listed international locations throughout the 14 days previous to their meant arrival date, who search to enter the island by one other nation, will probably be examined and detained in state quarantine at their very own expense for no less than 48 hours till the outcomes are returned. If detrimental, they are going to be allowed to switch to house quarantine to finish the 14-day obligatory quarantine interval. If optimistic, they’ll stay in isolation at a location that’s authorised by the Ministry of Well being and Wellness.
As of Tuesday, Jamaica had recorded 39,237 instances of COVID-19 and 596 deaths.
Practically 21,000 instances are deemed to be energetic.