(JAMAICA GLEANER) – The Ministry of Health and Wellness announced a short while ago that it is expanding travel restrictions to four more countries, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread outside of China, with increasing cases of in-country infections.
Making the announcement at the ministry’s New Kingston offices, portfolio minister Dr Christopher Tufton said the decision was based on the risk assessment and the most recent World Health Organization situation report on the COVID-19.
Dr Tufton said the majority of cases in those countries have been due to in-country transmission.
He said the situation with Japan where there are 164 cases and one death is being reviewed and the authorities will advise whether that Asian country is to be included in the list of restricted territories.
According to the WHO, there are now 81,109 confirmed cases; 2718 deaths, and the virus has spread to 37 countries outside of China, which accounts for 78 191 of the total number of cases.