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Jamaica restricts travel to four more countries affected by coronavirus

 
Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has announced that travel restrictions will be imposed on four other countries which have cases of the coronavirus.
 
Dr. Tufton called a media briefing Thursday morning to provide an update on Jamaica's response to the threat of COVID-19.
 
Travel restrictions will be placed on Italy, South Korea, Singapore and Iran.
 
Dr. Tufton said the decision to place the restrictions was based on risk assessment of the coronavirus in these countries.
 
The government is also reviewing the situation in Japan to determine if travel restrictions should be placed on that country.
 
Jamaica recently announced a similar restriction on travel to and from China.
 
PAHO warning 
 
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Carissa Etienne, has urged Caribbean countries to intensify plans to prepare and respond to the coronavirus, in the wake of cases of the disease in the Americas.
 
Brazil's Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed the country's first case of the virus.
 
The patient is a 61 year old man who recently returned from Italy, where there has been an outbreak of the virus since last week.
 
The coronavirus has already affected more than 81,000 people in 38 countries.
 
According to the World Health Organization, more than 78,000 of those affected are from China.
 
US prepared 
 
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said his administration is prepared to combat the coronavirus.
 
He said the US has the best health care system that is equipped to suppress an outbreak. 
 
Health officials in the United States have warned that everyone is at risk after a California patient became the first US case of community spread of the coronavirus.
 


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