Jamaica Bans All Travel From UK Amid New COVID Strain Scare

The Government of Jamaica has issued a travel ban on all flights coming into the island from the UK following concerns about the new strain of COVID-19 that is reportedly sweeping across southern England. Effective immediately, no flights originating in the UK will be allowed into the island until January 4, 2020. However, exception is to be given to flights which will arrive over the next 24 hours. In a release issued earlier today, the Ministry of Health and Wellness indicated that Jamaica is expecting 3 such flights. “The country is expecting three flights from the UK over the next 24 hours, one of which is already enroute, however passengers who board those flights will be subjected to a minimum of 48-hour state quarantine and PCR testing,” the statement said. Passengers who test negative will be fitted with armbands for monitoring and released to complete their 14-day quarantine at home, while those found to be positive will be isolated in state facilities until they recover. Meanwhile, the Ministry is strongly advising Jamaicans not to travel to the UK at this time. It warns that those who travel overseas, including to the UK will, be subject to the established quarantine or isolation procedures, on their return to Jamaica.