Persons who returned to Jamaica from March 18 must report to the Health Ministry

March 31, 2020
Prime Minister Andrew Holness

All persons who returned to the island between March 18 and 23 are being asked to contact the Ministry of Health and Wellness as the Government puts measures in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jamaica.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, made the announcement during a press conference at Jamaica House, on Monday, March 30.

Holness stated that those who returned to Jamaica between March 18 and 23, and who may be asymptomatic but have not self-quarantined, pose the biggest threat and could lead to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

“We will amend the Order to mandate that those persons who came into the island between the 18th of March and the 23rd of March, and are still here, that they must report to the Ministry of Health [and Wellness] utilising the website which we’ve published (jamcovid2019.moh.gov.jm) , or call the Ministry of Health [and Wellness’] hotline, which is 888-ONE-LOVE,” Holness said.

He added: “We ask that you faithfully disclose, to the representative who answers the phone or the website that you are interacting with, all the information that is required, particularly of your current health status and whether or not you are maintaining the quarantine,” he added.

Jamaica now has 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 23 are imported, 11 are import-related, two are under investigation.

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