By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Jamaica Ministry of Health and Wellness reported the first imported case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Kingston.


The patient is a Jamaican female who had travelled from the United Kingdom, which has reported some 400 cases of COVID-19. She arrived in the island on March 4, presented to the public health system on March 9 and has been in isolation since then.

Based on the patient’s travel history and symptoms, health professionals suspected COVID-19. A clinical sample was collected and sent to the National Influenza Centre, where laboratory tests confirmed the diagnosis Tuesday. The patient and family members have been informed.

Health officials say steps are being taken to prevent the risk of community spread.

These measures include: The dispatch of a health team to the home of the patient for assessment and initiation of public health measures, the identification and contact tracing for all possible exposed persons and meeting of Ministry officials with members of staff at the hospital and the necessary interventions put in place.

In addition, imposed travel restrictions include the following countries: China, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, Iran,  Spain, France and Germany.

The government also noted that:

  • Public gatherings are discouraged.
  • Non-essential travel is discouraged.
  • Patrol of irregular border crossings is ongoing.
  • Sensitization of key personnel at all air and sea ports is ongoing.
  • FOUR (4) quarantine facilities have been designated and others are to be identified.
  • Retrofitting of isolation facilities in public hospitals being finalized.