Jamaica has imposed a ban on travel to and from China.

All persons entering the island from China will be subjected to immediate quarantine for a minimum of fourteen days.

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Turton, made the announcement at a media briefing in St. Ann, this afternoon.

Dr. Tufton says quarantine facilities are operational at all public health hospitals, with a specialist facility at the National Chest Hospital.

Dr. Tufton says the travel ban does not apply to any other country, even though the virus has spread to at least 20 other countries.

He says the World Health Organization, WHO’s declaration of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus was a global health emergency is a directive for governments to escalate restrictions regarding direct travel to China.

The Health and Wellness Minister is appealing to Jamaicans in China and their loved for understanding.

Meanwhile, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator  Kamina Johnson-Smith says, her ministry was in touch with Jamaicans in China and not only in Wuhan.

She says she’s heard of requests of Jamaicans in China to be brought home.

However, she says the government faced several challenges in its attempt to do that.

These include: logistics, restrictions on movement in China and resources here in Jamaica.

Senator Johnson-Smith explained various steps being taken to keep in touch with Jamaicans in China.