Jamaicans in Wuhan, China will have to live it out

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THE Government, accepting professional advice, will not be repatriating Jamaicans from Wuhan, China, the epicentre of the deadly novel coronavirus.Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith, in a statement yesterday, said, “Based on the advice of its technical experts in the management of public health matters, it has accepted the strong recommendation not to proceed at this time with the repatriation of Jamaicans from Wuhan.”The minister said…

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Jamaica to market Falmouth as tourism destination

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has announced that plans are advanced to set up a team that will establish an individual brand for the fledgling resort town of Falmouth, to market the historic area as a tourism destination.Currently, major hotels in and around Falmouth are marketed as being in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.

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Some stranded TUI passengers happy with extra days in sunny Jamaica

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MONTEGO BAY, St James – There were mixed reactions from the nearly 300 Belgium-bound passengers who were left stranded in the island since Tuesday when their charted TUI Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was forced to be grounded at Sangster International Airport due to technical problems.

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PAHO assisting Caribbean deal with coronavirus

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it is working with health ministries in Latin America and the Caribbean to help them prepare to deal with possible importations of cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).PAHO said that experts in laboratories, preparedness, epidemiology, clinical management, infection prevention and control, and other areas are supporting public health officials in various countries through a…

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New virus has infected more than 31,400 people globally

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A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 31,400 people globally. The latest figures reported by global health authorities, as of yesterday, in Beijing:— China: 636 deaths and 31,161 confirmed cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has had 25  cases, including one death. Macao has had 10 cases. Most of the deaths have been in central Hubei province, where illnesses from the new type of coronavirus were first detected in…

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Experts scramble, but new virus vaccine may not come in time

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — The flu-like virus that exploded from China has researchers worldwide once again scrambling to find a vaccine against a surprise health threat, with no guarantee one will arrive in time.Just days after Chinese scientists shared the genetic map of the culprit novel coronavirus, researchers at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) had engineered a possible key ingredient for a vaccine they hope to begin testing by April.

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LEAKY LAWS

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Weaknesses in Jamaica’s laws would have made it difficult, if not impossible, for Jermaine Rhoomes — the Jamaican who was sentenced to 57 months in prison in the United States for shipping several guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition to the island — to face a similar conviction locally.

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Doctor’s death unleashes mourning, fury at Chinese officials

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BEIJING, China (AP) — The death of a young doctor who was reprimanded for warning about China’s new virus triggered an outpouring yesterday of praise for him and fury that communist authorities put politics above public safety.In death, Dr Li Wenliang became the face of simmering anger at the ruling Communist Party’s control over information and complaints that officials lie about or hide disease outbreaks, chemical spills, dangerous consumer products, or…

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Five die in US south

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LOUISVILLE, United States (AP) — More than 300,000 homes and businesses were without power early yesterday as a weather system blamed for five deaths in the South moved into the north-eastern United States. The outages matched states that were under high wind and winter weather advisories issued by the National Weather Service.

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Big boost for Maduro as Russian foreign minister visits

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister visited Venezuela yesterday in a show of support for President Nicolás Maduro as mounting pressure from Washington threatens to cut off the socialist leader from a key financial ally in Moscow.

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