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Should we ban travellers from US?

Published:Friday | October 17, 2014 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Having read the letters sent by others who all raise very pertinent points questioning how the Government should deal with Ebola, they do seem to have overlooked one fact. Treating and containing Ebola is extremely costly, and the more cases you get, the costs will ratchet up exponentially.

Taxes will have to rise to meet the costs, and the tourist industry will most probably suffer a temporary (we hope) slump never seen before, along with attendant unemployment and increase in the crime rate. Jamaica is wedded to tourism, and a short slump could be weathered, but if Ebola started to become entrenched in the island, we can kiss the tourists goodbye.

I see that some Caribbean countries - including Jamaica as of late yesterday afternoon - are already banning people from countries that have Ebola. Oddly, they haven't banned anyone from the USA. Is this a sign of the naïvety that could spell disaster?

We will have to be tough, even to some extent, cruel, to stop this virus invading our shores. Unfortunately, our politicians don't appear to have backbones of steel or quickness of action to forestall what does seem, at present, to be inevitable.

JOHN HILL

john.jonhon@gmail.com

Tower Isle PO, St Mary