The Health and Wellness Ministry says it is uncertain if there were persons on the flight from the UK that did not have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to boarding the flight.

Speaking during Wednesday’s edition of Nationwide@5 with Cliff Hughes and Tyrone Reid, Chief Medical Officer, CMO, Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie said some travellers are sometimes dishonest about their test results.

Dr. Bisasor McKenzie says quarantine is vital for limiting the possibility of these travellers spreading the virus.

More in this report from Stevian Simmonds.


The Ministry of Health & Wellness announced on Wednesday that 20 passengers, who arrived from the UK on Monday, December 21 have tested positive for COVID-19.

These persons will now be placed in state isolation, along with four of their close contacts and monitored until they are recovered. 

Dr. Bisasor Mckenzie says there is a possibility people may have submitted false information.

Dr. Bisasor Mckenzie noted that the UK might not have required pre-testing to board a flight:

According to Dr Bisasor McKenzie, so far, most of the 301 passengers who arrived on the flight on Monday from the UK have been tested.

Despite a video that was circulating on social media on Monday showing the passengers aboard the flight from the UK quarreling about being quarantined when they arrived in Jamaica, the Chief Medical Officer says they were very cooperative.

Stevian Simmonds for Nationwide News.

Concerns about testing at private labs

Meanwhile Dr. Bisasor Mckenzie says there are still some concerns about the type of testing being conducted by private physicians and laboratories.

She explains that the Health Ministry has conducted training sessions with a number of private laboratories:

Dr. Bisasor Mckenzie, Chief Medical Officer.

JMDA Urges Persons in Home Quarantine to obey anti-COVID-19 measures

In the meantime, President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, JMDA, Dr Mindi Fitz Henley, is urging those in quarantine at home to obey the anti-COVID-19 measures. 

She notes that the Police and the Health Department teams will also monitor the status of those in quarantine at home. 

Dr Fitz Henley says that indicates that several persons have not been adhering to the measure. 

She says Jamaica does not yet have access to the technology that can detect the new strain of COVID 19 in human beings. 

Dr Mindi Fitz-Henley, President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association, speaking last evening with Nationwide News.