Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton says a number of packages of Personal Protective Equipment’ PPE’s ordered by the government were blocked from leaving the United States.

Dr. Tufton is referring to a policy by the United States banning exports of some PPE critically needed to fight the coronavirus outbreak in that country.

The move followed similar actions by China and the European Union during the height of their outbreaks.

However, Dr. Tufton says the Health Ministry has been able to recalibrate despite the challenge.

Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government has managed to negotiate a delay in the deportation of several Jamaicans from the United States.

He also says the US will be providing resources for the renovation of the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre, which has been closed for some time.

Prime Minister Holness says the facility is to be used as a staging area for those deportees.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

He was speaking last evening in the House of Representatives.