Quarantined Bull Bay residents warned to stay inside

Observer on March 17th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE 12,000 residents under quarantine in Seven and Eight Miles in Bull Bay, St Andrew, are being urged to remain inside their houses and not wander about the locked-down neighbourhood as the Government steps up efforts to contain community spread of the COVID-19, a respiratory virus.There are now 12 confirmed cases in Jamaica.

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Tourism sector fallout from COVID-19

Observer on March 17th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The local tourism sector is now in a tailspin following news that the Canadian Government has cautioned its citizens against non-essential travel and imposed general limitations in movement in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).The World Health Organisation put the number of confirmed cases in Canada at 304 as of 4:00 pm yesterday.

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J Wray & Nephew to donate alcohol to aid COVID-19 fight

Observer on March 17th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

J Wray and Nephew will forego approximately $250 million in potential revenue in order to assist the Government and people of Jamaica to fight the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.The company did not reveal or confirm the dollar number, which was arrived at by calculating the street value of the product to the market.

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Vendors agree Coronation Market needs cleaning, but…

Observer on March 17th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Coronation Market clean-up in downtown Kingston got into top gear yesterday after the team of cleaners managed to clear a substantial area of vendors’ stalls.Old pallets, wooden stalls, tons of plastic and other forms of garbage mixed with dead rats and lizards in the space haunted by the foul smell of rotted vegetables and fruits began disappearing from inside the sheltered, cast-iron frame market regarded as the largest in the English-speaking Caribbean.

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Crown suspends trial of attorney Sean Kinghorn

Observer on March 17th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

LAST Friday’s edict by Chief Justice Bryan Sykes that all jury trials currently under way are to be completed by the latest March 20, 2020 and that no new jury trials are to begin in the next 14 days, given the COVID-19 pandemic, has resulted in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions electing to suspend the trial of attorney Sean Kinghorn and two others.

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Parliament will continue with business despite COVID-19

Observer on March 17th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

AS the country continues to grapple with the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has so far been confirmed in 12 people, Leader of the House of Representatives Karl Samuda says it will be business as usual for the legislature.

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Expect fewer JUTC buses on streets as COVID-19 cases increase

Observer on March 17th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be reducing the number of buses it rolls out daily, in light of the growing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases locally.The revelation was made by the State-owned bus company’s Corporate Communications Manager Cecil Thoms yesterday.

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This Day in History — March 17

Observer on March 17th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Today is the 77th day of 2020. There are 289 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1969: Golda Meir becomes prime minister of Israel.OTHER EVENTS1229: Holy Roman Emperor Fredrick II, at the head of the Sixth Crusade, enters Jerusalem after gaining the city from the Muslims by treaty.

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NSWMA taking no chances, ramps up safeguards

Observer on March 17th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

HEAD of National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Audley Gordon says the agency is taking no chances with the health of its administrative and sanitation staff during this period of anxiety over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Outlining the measures that have been taken in-office to guard against contamination and infection spread, he said a zero-tolerance approach is being employed with regard to sanitation workers wearing safety gear, such as gloves.

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NO CROWDS

Observer on March 17th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced a raft of new measures designed to stem further spread of the dreaded novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but made it clear that it was not the Government’s intention to shut down the economy.

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