Health & Wellness Ministry Enhances Cruise Ship Protocol Amid Novel Coronavirus Outbreak


Health Minister and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton says they’ve enhanced the measures in relation to cruise ship vessels docking in Jamaica amid the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus.

There’ve been concerns about whether or not the same protocols would apply for all ports of entry in Jamaica.

According to BBC reports 41 people on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases on board to 61.

Some 3 thousand 7 hundred people are on board the Diamond Princess, which is quarantined in Yokohama for at least two weeks.

A separate cruise ship – the World Dream – has been quarantined in Hong Kong after eight former passengers caught the virus.

Dr. Tufton advised of the protocols that will be applied on board the vessels.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton says a flight that was expected at the Sangster International airport last night with Chinese Jamaicans did not land on the island.

Health Minister,  Dr. Christopher Tufton speaking with Nationwide News today.

In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.

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