120 Jamaicans back home after being stranded overseas

Jamaica News: One hundred and twenty Jamaicans who were stranded are now back home following assistance provided by the Government.

The Jamaicans including a newborn, children and the elderly arrived on a TUI chartered Boeing 787 aircraft that landed at on Wednesday, May 6, just before 6 p.m. at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

A total of 124 persons were approved for the flight based on applications through the immigration section of the https://jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm/website.

The flight consisted primarily of crew members, who were on the Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship as well as six other vessels owned by that cruise line.

Present at the airport to greet the passengers was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.

She told JIS News that all the safety measures were observed in bringing the Jamaicans home. “All of the procedures were followed [these include] masks, gloves, etc. On hand, they had temperature and health checks. There was also health screening as part of the Jamcovid process, so they had to answer health questions before they were approved,” she said.

Among those on the flight were families, three young children, a newborn baby and several elderly.

They were repatriated under the controlled re-entry protocols and will be in State quarantine for 14 days.

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