Advisor in Emergency Preparedness and Response at PAHO, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse says medical personnel in Jamaica will be able to test for the novel coronavirus beginning early next month.

In the meantime, Dr.Ducasse says they’d have to send samples overseas for testing.

Dr.Ducasse says they’d expect the results back within a week.

Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, Advisor in Emergency Preparedness and Response at PAHO.

She was speaking on Nationwide this morning with Kalilah Reynolds and Abka Fitz-Henley.

The island has been ramping up its preparation efforts as the deadly virus continues to spread globally.

So far the virus has been detected in 16 countries outside of China.