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Watch: Jamaica imposes travel restrictions for the UK

Jamaica imposes travel restrictions on the UK

Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness has announced travel restrictions on the United Kingdom.

“Only citizens and certain exempted persons coming from the UK will be landed in Jamaica,” Holness announced late Friday evening. “Landed persons will be quarantined either in facility or home quarantined.”

The UK is listed among 8 other countries including China, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, Iran, Spain, France and Germany.

The Jamaican Government has been somewhat proactive in preparing for, respond to and prevent a potential outbreak following of COVID-19 following the island’s first two imported cases in Kingston from the UK confirmed this week and with the virus now officially classified as a global pandemic.

The World Health Organization has registered 125,048 cases of COVID-19 worldwide as of its last update on Thursday with 4,613 confirmed deaths. Given the increased risk of transmission, especially with the global cases reported, Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness and Health Minister and Dr Christopher Tufton have addressed the nation on measures that are being reviewed for implementation.

  • A protocol for school closure has been approved and is being reviewed for implementation as necessary. We alert parents to make provisions for the care of their children in the event of school closures.
  • No event permits will be issued over the next 14 days; those already issued will be revoked.