The Government of Jamaica has announced that effective 11:59 pm on Saturday (March 21, 2020) and for a period of 14 days in the first instance, that island’s air and sea ports will be closed to incoming passenger traffic.

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness in making the announcement on Friday evening said outgoing passengers and cargo will be allowed.

“Shelter in place” said Mr. Holness concerning Jamaicans who are out of the country.

“Our prayers are with you, we understand that this decision to close our borders will cause some displacement, but this is an emergency. It’s not a joke.”

The decision to close the ports follows news that the island now has 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 .

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