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Jamaica considers publishing names of people who fail to report


Jamaica considers publishing names of people who fail to report

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KINGSTON – Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton says the Andrew Holness-led administration is considering publishing the names of people who arrived in the country between March 18 and 23 and have failed to report to the Ministry.

“We are just looking at one aspect of the law to ensure that we are on good grounds to do that. I certainly support that because I think it is a national imperative; it is a public health issue that is of utmost importance,” he said.

Tufton was responding to questions from the main opposition People’s National Partys’ (PNP) spokesperson on Health, Dr Morais Guy, during a Special Select Committee meeting in Parliament on Thursday, to review developments relating to COVID-19

The Government has issued an Order for everyone who came into the island between March 18 and 23, to report using the website or call 888 ONE-LOVE to provide the information required.

The order also makes it mandatory for people to self-quarantine for 14 days starting from the date of their arrival.

People could face fines of up to JCA$1 million or 12 months imprisonment under the Disaster Risk, if they wail to go into self-quarantine.

Tufton said a contact list is being collated from information placed on forms that people were asked to complete, but noted that the ministry is having difficulty deciphering some of the details on the forms.

“I’ve seen some of those forms; very few people actually put an address that is legible . . . or the right address. So what is happening now is that we have had to take those forms and literally go through them, and it reflects the changes that may be required going forward in terms of automation of this information where persons use the electronic filing,” he noted.

Tufton said that following discussions with the Minister of National Security, the police and public health personnel are now engaged in contacting these individuals.