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Jamaica prepares for deportees from US

Regional 17 Apr, 2020 Follow News

Jamaican deportees will be processed at the detention centre

Jamaica’s Ministry of National Security has put in place measures for the safe return and to accommodate the 62 Jamaican deportees who are set to arrive in the island from the United States on Tuesday. The Ministry said they will be quarantined for two weeks in a secure government facility, where they will be processed by the relevant authorities.

The Health Ministry recently conducted sensitisation sessions with staff at the facility; detailing potential health risks of COVID-19 and how to detect and report signs of the virus.

While under quarantine, the deportees will be screened twice daily by medical officers assigned by the Health Ministry.

At the end of the quarantine period, those who are cleared by health officials will be released to family members.

The impending arrival of the Jamaicans come against the background of a decision by US President Donald Trump to impose visa sanctions on countries that refuse or unduly delay accepting their citizens, even during the coronavirus pandemic. He argued that the presence of these people in the US poses a public health risk for Americans.

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