The Government is now able to track each person who recently returned to the island through the protocols for controlled re-entry and are instructed to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, gave this update during a digital press conference at Jamaica House on Tuesday (May 26).
“Last week, I had indicated that we were in the advanced stages of developing a home quarantine monitoring solution through the JamCOVID-19 app. This solution is now fully operational and is being used to monitor persons from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship who are in home quarantine,” Mr. Holness said.
The ship transporting repatriated Jamaicans docked in Falmouth, Trelawny, on May 19.
Nineteen Jamaicans from the vessel have been placed in isolation, having tested positive for COVID-19, while 624 persons have been released into home quarantine following their negative results.
The Prime Minister noted that there are “some persons, whom we are having difficulties tracking due to Internet connectivity issues and who are being monitored via phone calls and periodic visits through the command centre that has been established [by] the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force)”.
He thanked the Amber Group for developing the home monitoring solution, which was speedily deployed.
There is now a Norwegian cruise ship at the Falmouth pier with 174 Jamaican crew members and a Carnival cruise line with 240 Jamaican crew.
A Disney cruise line vessel is also tentatively slated to arrive on May 29 with more than 400 Jamaicans on board.
“The same protocols and procedures used for the Royal Caribbean cruise line will be used to land our incoming ship workers,” the Prime Minister said.
Jamaica now has 309 active cases of COVID-19, with 238 patients recovered to date and more than 100 in the last week.