Man who escaped quarantine facility to be charged

Kemar Bailey, the 27-year-old man who escaped a quarantine facility in Kingston on Tuesday will be charged.

The disclosure was made by Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton this afternoon.

According to police reports, Bailey arrived on the island on Saturday. He escaped from the centre after he was allowed to collect a bag from a relative at the gate of the facility.

“The person did not only act against the will of the health care professionals but also in contravention of the law. The person will be charged, we discourage this kind of activity,” he said.

Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton

“If a person knowingly puts the rest of us in a compromising position the law has a response to that. It is important to note that the person was in quarantine for observation, the person was not displaying symptoms,” he continued.

The Minister said his Ministry will also be racking up security at quarantine facilities to prevent this kind of activity from happening again.

“There has been a discussion with the constabulary around security arrangements at these facilities. I had a conversation with the commissioner [of police] about what needs to be done additionally to ensure this does not happen again,” he said.