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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is appealing for Jamaicans repatriated under the controlled re-entry protocols to follow the rules outlined by the Government to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“I take this opportunity to appeal to Jamaicans returning home that you have a duty to follow the rules, the protocols, the measures in place, and to follow them faithfully and consistently,” the Prime Minister said at a digital press conference on Tuesday (May 26).

“In public places, in meetings, in gatherings, stay six feet apart. Try to get the concept of six feet. Walk with your tape measure if you have to and get that concept of six feet,” he urged.

Mr. Holness noted that while most citizens at home have been acting in a responsible way “the challenge that we face now, as we move to reintegrate our returning population, is for them to act with an even higher level of responsibility as they are reintegrated into the society”.

Jamaicans who have returned to the island, whether through air transit or ship, and have tested negative for COVID1-19 are now in home quarantine where the Government is tracking their movements electronically through the JamCOVID-19 app. Those who tested positive have been placed in isolation.

Twelve persons from the United Kingdom (UK), who arrived on May 6, have tested positive for COVID-19, and 19 from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, who were recently processed.

Jamaica has recorded 72 imported cases of COVID-19.

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