Ministry of National Security Stuart Young said the students currently at UWI’s Jamaica campus are the only exemptions to the “closed borders” rule. He added that they will return to the country soon.
Students from Barbados and Jamaica will also return to their home countries. He said when Government made the decision to close its borders, these accommodations were already made.
Young made the announcement while providing an update on the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), and on the heels of news that an additional two persons have tested positive for the virus. As of now, 53 persons have tested positive for the coronavirus in the country.
He, again, reiterated the position by the Government to keep the borders closed as citizens have been begging the Minister to make exemptions in certain cases.
Young said he was disheartened by the media reports which state that the citizens in Barbados are stranded, since he had a “CARICOM conversation” with Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Monday, and they agreed to host the 35 citizens at a hotel in Barbados.
Young said, “Barbados already has in place a mandatory self quarantine for 14 days, that is their measure but our Government will do all it has to do to protect its citizens.”
As of now, he is asking the national community to, “Stop mingling, stay home, stay put. Please be socially responsible, please help us to protect you, that’s all we’re trying to do.”
He is once again urging members of the public to abide by the Government’s advice to remain indoors, and only venture out into the public if necessary.
Additionally, Young said that Government will receive the 4,000 testing kits and the 15 thermal scanners that China pledged to the country today, Tuesday.