Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says the authorities were notified late about a suspected case of COVID-19 aboard a Cruise ship that attempted to dock in St Ann yesterday.

Principal Medical Officer and National Epidemiologist in the Ministry, Dr Karen Webster-Kerr, told Nationwide News yesterday that the cruise ship with more than 4-thousand-500 passengers and 16-hundred crew members was denied access to dock in Ocho Rios in the parish.

Dr Tufton says it’s standard to notify health authorities in a country about any suspected case of an infectious illness.

The Health and Wellness Minister says the vessel was then subjected to an assessment.

Dr Tufton says the ship was also instructed to move farther away from the shore.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister, speaking last evening on Nationwide @5.

In the meantime, the Health and Wellness Minister says in addition to the travel restrictions in effect for China, the government could implement additional controls on travel to and from other countries being plagued by the deadly COVID-19.

Minister Tufton also gave an update on persons who remain in quarantine in Jamaica.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Health and Wellness Minister, speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5.

The disease has infected nearly 80-thousand people in China.

Other nations such as Italy, in Europe, Iran in the Middle East, and South Korea in Asia, have also recorded several infections and deaths.