Oof! Major tour operator, TUI pulls out due to COVID-19

Observer on March 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MONTEGO BAY, St James —The local travel industry has been dealt a severe blow as travel giants TUI has immediately suspended all its flights to Jamiaca, in the wake of travel restrictions imposed by governments worldwide battling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease pandemic.

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Clean hands and pure hearts, literally, in COVID-hit churches

Observer on March 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

People attending several places of worship in the Portmore, St Catherine, area yesterday experienced in a novel way the scriptural requirement of having “clean hands” in order to enjoy communion with the God of the Bible, as faith-based entities took action to ward off the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

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Search for businessman Roger Chang ends in heartache

Observer on March 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

The search for Roger Chang, the father of Jamaican race car driver Natasha Chang ended in heartache yesterday after his body was discovered along a St Mary shoreline with what appeared to be stab wounds.

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It’s now 10 but original COVID-19 patients showing no symptoms

Observer on March 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

The Ministry of Health & Wellness is reporting that two new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the island, bringing the total number to 10, following the results from the National Influenza Centre, where 19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. Seventeen of the cases tested were negative.

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Church Pain - COVID-19 ravages attendance at Sunday services

Observer on March 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Congregations in churches across the capital city yesterday morning fell drastically as Jamaicans observed advice from the health authorities to avoid large crowds and fend off the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Buff Bay Baptist churches suspend services involving large gatherings

Observer on March 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

The Buff Bay Circuit of independent Baptist Churches in Portland has suspended all church services involving large gatherings until further notice to protect members and visitors from COVID-19, the pastor, Rev Vernon Allen, has said.

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Dunn to the rescue

Observer on March 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Three sisters who have spent the past several years living in a house in Annotto Bay, St Mary, which seemed on the verge of collapsing, with a roof which leaks when it rains and no proper sanitary convenience, are finally getting help.

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Jamaican in Wuhan lockdown has advice for Bull Bay residents

Observer on March 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

A Jamaican who has since January been in quarantine at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan, China, has offered words of advice to Bull Bay residents under a 14-day lockdown since Friday evening. Residents of the Seven and Eight Miles communities now need permission from the health ministry before they can leave their homes. Military and police teams are at checkpoints to ensure compliance.

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No Jamaican COVID-19 victims in US yet but nationals hunker down

Observer on March 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

New York, USA — The Jamaican community here is hunkering down and treating the coronavirus pandemic “with the utmost seriousness that the situation deserves”, according to several nationals interviewed by the Jamaica Observer .

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No refunds, please, just defer your events, says PC

Observer on March 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Black River, St Elizabeth – The St Elizabeth Municipal Corporation is hoping people whose entertainment permits have been cancelled as a result of the threat posed by COVID-19 will be seeking deferments rather than refunds.Last week the Government banned all such instruments until month end as part of a push to discourage large gatherings as the threat of the flu-like virus intensified.

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