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Coronavirus Cases Move to 53 | Govt. Gets Tougher On Travellers
Speaking at a press conference from Jamaica House earlier today, Prime Minister, the Hon Andrew Holness, stressed that persons who enter Jamaica on or after March 18 continues to pose a major threat to efforts to #ContainCovid19 in Jamaica.
He noted that despite the calls from the government from those who travelled between the period March 18 to 24 report, only 460 persons have reported up to press time today.
According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, approximately 5,500 passengers remained in Jamaica that travelled to the island during that time.
The PM warned that door to door searches for those who have not yet report will take place and they (non-compliant persons) will be placed in state quarantine.
They will also charged under section 52 of the Disaster Management Act which could mean a fine of up to 1 million Jamaican dollars or imprisonment.
Persons reported to be in quarantine, but are not doing so will also be charged.
He noted that the government has a list of all persons who travelled during that time, and if not yet reported, will also be put on a watch list for PICA to monitor any attempted travel.
And what about those who report going forward?
The ministry, he said, will advise PICA accordingly and those persons removed.
He however, extended the call all the non-compliant persons to immediately make contact with the Ministry Of Health via...
- The JamCovid19 website: https://jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm, and complete the case report.
- Phone: 888-663-5683/ 888-754-7792 876-542-5998 / 876-542-6006 / 876-542-6007
- Or Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
During the conference, The Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton reported that the 6 new cases have been added in the last 48 hours, bringing the count to 53 in the island.
- 5 additional persons have been released back into their communities, bring the count to 7
- The restrictions on passenger travel into the island is extended for another 14 days
- The quarantine of the CornPiece community has been extending for another 14 days. Most of the new cases are related to persons from that area
- Additional exemptions from the nightly curfew were granted to special groups, including INDECOM and Cabinet members.
- Gas stations will be expected to conform to the 8pm nightly lockdown (curfew)
Other presentations were made by the Local Government Minister and The Minister Of Finance of the CARE package.
You can find a copy of the video presentation here
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