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JAMAICA| Jackson wants Strict COVID-19 Screening at Ports of Entry

People’s National Party’s Shadow Minister of National Security, Fitz Jackson, M.P., People’s National Party’s Shadow Minister of National Security, Fitz Jackson, M.P.,
KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 19, 2020:  The People’s National Party’s Shadow Minister of National Security, Fitz Jackson, says the Minister of National Security, Dr. Horace Chang, whose portfolio covers the country's immigration services must advise the country of the protocol regime presently in use at the country’s ports of entry.

All the cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Jamaica, so far, are linked to persons entering the country through our ports of entry. There are many allegations of persons coming through these points of entry without thorough inquiries into their travel history.

“It is the responsibility of the Minister of National Security, working along with the health professionals, to ensure that the necessary preventative steps are taken at the country’s ports of entry to screen and isolate suspected entrant, irrespective of nationality, status, creed or class. There should be one rule on the screening of passengers, and I encourage everyone to follow these rules, Mr. Jackson said.

The Shadow Minister said, it is already proven that where there is compliance, the risk of spreading the virus is significantly reduced.

Noting that while Jamaicans cannot be locked out of their own country, Mr. Jackson said it is crucial that the airports are secured and persons arriving from overseas are checked and appropriately isolated.

He said regardless of class or status, the rules must be established, rehearsed and applied without favour as lives depend on their strict enforcement.

  • Countries: Jamaica

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