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Gov’t ramping up drive to locate passengers, COVID cases now 53

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Holness says the government has received the list of people who arrived here from March 18-23 and officers are collating the names.

Persons who came into Jamaica between March 18 and 23 and have failed to report to the Health Ministry will be taken into state quarantine and will be charged.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the greatest threat to the government’s COVID-19 fight to limit the spread of the virus is the people who arrived in Jamaica between the period.

The majority of Jamaica’s confirmed cases are imported.

Holness says the government has received the list of people who arrived during the period and officers are collating the names.

He said the police and health officials will be going door to door to located the individuals.

Further, the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency will place those who have not reported on a watch list and they will be barred from leaving the island.

Jamaica records 53 COVID cases

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Jamaica now has 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton disclosed that the country recorded six more cases.

The new cases:
*A 57-year-old male from Manchester, who is the contact of a confirmed case
*A 57-year-old male from Kingston and St Andrew, who is a contact of a confirmed case
*A 40-year-old male from Kingston and St. Andrew whose mode of transmission
*A 23-year-old male from Clarendon who is the contact of a confirmed case
*A 42-year-old male from Clarendon who has a travel history to the United States
*A 22-year-old female from Clarendon who is a contact of a confirmed case.

Tufton also indicated that seven people have now recovered including 'Patient 1'.

In the meantime, Holness announced a further 14-day restriction on incoming passenger traffic.

And the quarantine order for the community of Corn Piece Settlement in Clarendon has also been extended for a further 14 days.

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