If you recall, there was a lot of disquiet (and a fair amount of annoyance) expressed in social media about the flight from the UK to Jamaica, which was informed mid-air that the Government of Jamaica had now banned flights from the UK, in light of the new variant of COVID-19. I reported on the to-do on the plane, when passengers (mostly, it appeared, Jamaicans returning for Christmas) were informed and were pretty upset. After all passengers on that flight were tested, twenty were found to be positive; subsequently (as announced this past weekend) four of them were found to have the new variant that is wreaking havoc currently in the UK. Now, one of the passengers has sadly passed away. My condolences to the gentleman’s family.
Recent UK Traveller Dies in Hospital
KINGSTON, Jamaica. Monday, January 4, 2021: It is with regret that the Ministry of Health & Wellness confirms the death of one of the 20 positive cases, who recently arrived in Jamaica from the UK. The deceased is a 77 year old male of Jamaican descent, who resides in the UK.
The patient was in state isolation and remained stable until late December, when he developed symptoms and was admitted to the Cornwall Regional Hospital. His condition further deteriorated, and was listed among the critically-ill COVID-19 patients. He passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Of note, he was not among the four cases with the variant strain of COVID-19 from the UK.
Since December 21, the 20 positive cases have been in isolation, while the remaining travelers, who tested negative were quarantined at home. Having completed their 14 days isolation/quarantine and remained asymptomatic, all the travellers are slated for release today.