Jamaica has imposed a ban on travel to and from China, following the declaration by the World Health Organisation that the novel Coronavirus is a global health emergency.
In a release the Ministry of Health and Wellness said all persons entering the island from China will be subject to immediate quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.
Quarantine facilities for these persons will be provided by the Government of Jamaica and persons will be required to adhere to all restrictions, in line with provisions under the Quarantine Act.
The Ministry said individuals returning from China who have been granted landing privileges and who show any symptom of the novel Coronavirus will be put in immediate isolation.
Isolation facilities are operational at all public hospitals, with a specialist facility available at the National Chest Hospital.
Meanwhile Jamaica joins the United States who also declared a public health emergency and announced significant entry restrictions because of a new virus that hit China and has spread to other nations.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who is coordinating the federal response, announced that President Donald Trump has signed an order that will temporarily bar entry to the US of foreign nationals believed to be a risk of transmitting the virus. The new restrictions take effect at 5:00 pm EST on Sunday.
Americans returning from China will be allowed into the country, but will face screening at select ports of entry and required to undertake 14 days of self-screening to ensure they don’t pose a health risk. Those returning from Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak, will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine.
Beginning Sunday, the US will also begin funnelling all flights to the US from China to seven major airports where passengers can be screened for illness.
The virus has infected almost 10,000 people globally in just two months, a troublesome sign that prompted the World Health Organisation to declare the outbreak a global emergency. The death toll stood at 213, including 43 new fatalities, all in China.
There are six cases of this virus in the US and 191 individuals are being monitored, Redfield said.