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Man blames deportation flight for positive COVID-19 test result

A man, who was recently deported from the United Kingdom, believes he contracted the deadly COVID-19 virus on a chartered flight that arrived in Jamaica on Wednesday (December 3).

According to the man, he was held in an isolation facility prior to his deportation for close to a month, during which time he strictly obeyed the COVID-19 protocols.

The man said that he suspects he caught the virus onboard the flight as it was very crowded and people frequently took off their masks.

“I’m very angry that the Home Office has failed to protect me,” said the man who spoke with the Guardian newspaper, who noted that he had been coughing badly during the call.

The man was among 12 other deportees who arrived on the island, all of whom the Minister of Health, Christopher Tufton, said would be tested for the virus and placed in a state-run quarantine facility for the required period.

Following his positive test result, the man was taken to the St Joseph’s medical facility  where he remains under police escort.

The other 12 deportees are reported to be staying at the Olympic Crown Hotel.




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