Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica’s fight against the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, would be greatly assisted if the country had a national identification system, NIDS.

The Prime Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon.

He pointed to the governments’ efforts to find about 5,000 Jamaicans, who returned to the country between March 18 and 23.

Those people have repeatedly been asked to contact the Ministry of Health as a precaution to ensure they’re not infected with the virus and possibly spreading it as they go about their daily business.

So far only about 400 of the 5,000 people have contacted the Ministry.

The Prime Minister says a system similar to NIDS would’ve greatly assisted in the current circumstance.

The Prime Minister says a NIDS would also help the security forces in enforcing the seven-day nightly curfew, which takes effect this evening.

The nightly curfew will run from 8 p.m to 6 a.m from April 1 to 8.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also argued that NIDS would help to ensure ease and accountability in the disbursement of funds under the COVID-19 stimulus package.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday.