Lockdown

Observer on March 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

BAR operators across the Corporate Area almost uniformly abided by the Government’s order to close their doors yesterday, despite the majority disagreeing with the directive.In announcing the closure of bars on Monday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said this was part of efforts to prevent the local transmission of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Ministry says elderly man is first local fatality of COVID-19

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Ministry of Health and Wellness officials yesterday refused to release the details on a 79-year-old man who became Jamaica’s first casualty of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the ministry Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie noted that the case is being investigated, and that detailed information will be released as soon as it becomes available.

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Jamaica able to limit negative effects on tourism, says Moody’s

Observer on March 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MOODY’S credit rating agency yesterday said Jamaica’s large primary surplus and adequate international reserves provide the Government with ample buffers to limit the immediate credit-negative effect that travel restrictions will have on the tourism industry because of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

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COVID-19 death dispute

Observer on March 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FAMILY members of the 79-year-old man that the Government yesterday said died from complications related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is threatening legal action, arguing instead that their loved one died from pneumonia. In an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer last evening, one of the sons of the deceased blasted Ministry of Health (MOH) officials whom, he said, were not being truthful to the country.“A lot of people are…

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King Valley gang trial adjourned amid` COVID-19 scare

Observer on March 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE trial of six alleged members of the Westmoreland-based King Valley gang, which has since January been forced to adjourn twice due to the illness of two of the accused, was adjourned for another 14 days yesterday after an accused described having flu-like symptoms.

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WHO chief calls COVID-19 ‘enemy against humanity’

Observer on March 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday called the new coronavirus an “enemy against humanity”, as the number of people infected in the pandemic soared past 200,000.Worldwide fatalities topped 8,000 and more deaths have now been recorded in Europe, the new virus epicentre, than in Asia since the outbreak first emerged in China in December.

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This Day in History - March 19

Observer on March 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Today is the 79th day of 2020. There are 287 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2013: Pope Francis officially begins his ministry as the 266th pope, receiving the ring symbolising the papacy and a wool stole exemplifying his role as shepherd of his 1.2-billion-strong flock during a mass at the Vatican. OTHER EVENTS

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File price gouging complaints with CAC, Green urges

Observer on March 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

AMID an increase in online complaints about price gouging as the country responds to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, State Minister for Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green says only three complaints have been filed, so far, with the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC).The CAC is the government agency established to inform, educate and empower consumers on protecting themselves in the marketplace.

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Around the Caribbean… Around the Caribbean… Around the Caribbean

Observer on March 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Cruise ship with COVID-19 patients docks in CubaHAVANA, Cuba (AP) — A British cruise ship rejected by Caribbean port officials for weeks docked in Cuba yesterday to unload more than 1,000 people who were on-board, including five with confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle urge ‘empathy and kindness’ against coronavirus

Observer on March 19th, 2020 | File Under Flair -

 PRINCE Harry and his wife Meghan are urging people to show “empathy and kindness” in the face of the pandemic.The couple took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a statement“This moment is as true a testament there is to the human spirit. We often speak of compassion. All of our lives are in some way affected by this, uniting each of us globally,” they said.

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