Minister of Communications, Donna Cox today confirmed that several cruise ship workers who returned to their home country tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus.
Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing this afternoon, Minister Cox in response to a questions about local cruise ship workers said, while citizens are happy to be back home, proper health guidelines will be done to ensure that the rest of the citizenry are safe.
Minister Cox made the announcement as several cruise ship workers from Jamaica tested positive for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, a report from Now Grenada, indicated that their Ministry of Health announced that all 19 repatriated crew member nationals from Caribbean Princess Cruise Lines, who arrived in Grenada on Saturday, 9 May 2020 are now medically cleared.
As per the ministry’s health protocols, they were tested upon arrival, and again, upon completion of their 14-day mandatory quarantine, and all tests were negative.
The Jamaica Observer reported on May 24th that their Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton revealed that nine of the 400 Jamaican crew members who disembarked the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Adventure of the Seas up to Friday, have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Those who returned negative results have since been reunited with their families and will self- quarantine at home for 14 days, while the others have been placed in state-run quarantine facilities.
For persons who will be on home quarantine, individuals will be required to consent to have their location geofenced via JamCOVID19 website and to do a video check- multiple times daily.
Approximately 1,044 Jamaican cruise ship workers arrived at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Port on Tuesday last, under Government’s re-entry programme.