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Jamaica: ‘It’s scary’ – Anxiety, disappointment as inbound, outgoing passengers head into the unknown

Jamaica’s travel ban against flights from the United Kingdom (UK) caught off guard a number of persons who expected to pick up relatives but left disappointed as hundreds of passengers were shuttled off to St Ann under 48-hour state quarantine Monday evening.

Though the travel ban became effective close to noon Monday, the Government allowed landing privileges for the flight, which was already en route to Jamaica and scheduled to arrive shortly after 5 p.m. EST.

Some persons who turned up at Norman Manley International Airport were seemingly surprised that their relatives did not emerge, discovering afterwards that they would be housed at a hotel in Ocho Rios.

Jamaica joined a growing list of countries to implement a ban on flights from the UK because of a new, more transmissible strain of the new coronavirus.

Minister without Portfolio Matthew Samuda told The Gleaner Monday evening that the 302 persons would be transported to quarantine facilities where they would be tested and allowed to go home if they returned negative results. Geofencing technology will be imposed to track their movement to ensure adherence to quarantine regulations.

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