The 27 Jamaican nationals who returned house from the UK (UK) on April 21 are at present in State quarantine.
Minister of Overseas Affairs and Overseas Commerce, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, gave the replace whereas addressing Friday’s (April 23) sitting of the Higher Home.
The Authorities has imposed a restriction on flights from the UK as a part of prevention and containment methods to take care of the brand new pressure of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Senator Johnson Smith stated that the return of the Jamaicans was made attainable “by means of managed re-entry exemptions granted by the Ministry of Nationwide Safety below the Catastrophe Danger Administration Act (DRMA) and, after all, topic to strict adherence to public well being protocols, together with settlement to State quarantine”.
She stated on the finish of the quarantine interval and topic to damaging check outcomes the repatriated residents will rejoin their households.
“We all know that a further 66 individuals, who’re awaiting to return, are registered with us on the Excessive Fee in London. The Excessive Fee assures me that they continue to be actively engaged with these nationals on the bottom and can proceed to replace them on the lifting or expiration of journey restrictions,” she stated.
The minister is encouraging individuals within the UK to achieve out to the Excessive Fee.
Senator Johnson Smith famous that the Authorities continues to function within the curiosity of safeguarding the general public well being of Jamaicans “as we struggle the influence of this pandemic collectively”.
The UK journey restrictions have been initially introduced with instant impact on December 21, 2020 for 2 weeks and have been prolonged since then, on the recommendation of public well being officers. The present interval of extension expires April 30, 2021.
Senator Johnson Smith lauded the related ministries, companies and professionals who’ve labored on the logistics to allow the Jamaicans to return house.
“I need to thank, as effectively, British Airways that facilitated their arrival on this particular flight and the workforce within the Consular Division on the Ministry and the Jamaican Excessive Fee in London,” she stated.
She stated the workforce in London has been offering assist to individuals by way of visa extensions, particular medical wants, entry to vaccination and checks, amongst different issues.
Opposition Senator, Donna Scott Motley, stated she is happy on the measures to being Jamaicans within the UK house.