A COVID-19 patient’s plight

Observer on March 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

A young woman who was last Friday listed among the three new patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jamaica says she’s not pleased with the lack of urgency with which local health authorities treated her case.The woman, whose positive status was confirmed early Friday, said she had arrived in the island from New York last Tuesday morning.

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A cry in Cornpiece for more food

Observer on March 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

There was relative calm at quarantined Cornpiece settlement in Hayes, Clarendon, on Friday, day two of lockdown, as the Government mobilises to contain the local spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the island.This, except for one man, Adrian Nembhard, a resident of the community who complained that the package of food provided by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) was not sufficient for his family of seven.

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Petroleum retailers taking a hard hit

Observer on March 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

The petroleum retail trade is already experiencing a significant fall-off in business due to COVID-19, as the number of motorists filling up at the pumps continue to plummet.The situation has become even more severe with the closure of schools and many businesses in the private and public sector having implemented a work-from-home policy for some staff.

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Chang happy with progress of JamaicaEye project

Observer on March 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang has expressed delight with the progress of a special element of the JamaicaEye surveillance project, the headquarters of which he toured on Wednesday with officials of his ministry, and high-ranking police personnel.

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PRISONERS A FRET!

Observer on March 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Crammed inside a prison cell is the last place one would want to be as the outbreak of an infectious disease ravages communities and threatens to destabilise the world.The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has spurred governments worldwide to advise their public to maintain social distancing, and to self-quarantine where necessary. However, these measures can hardly be accomplished inside a correctional facility.

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Expect those labour changes – attorney

Observer on March 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

PRINCIPAL consultant and attorney-at-law at Employment Matters Caribbean, Carla-Ann Harris Roper is asserting that the impact of the novel coronavirus on the Jamaican labour market will lead to major legislative changes.Harris Roper, in speaking with the Jamaica Observer, said employers are going to start exploring more aggressively, the possibility of working off site.

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How COVID-19 affects Jamaica’s labour laws

Observer on March 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE labour force is feeling the implications of quarantine measures outlined by the Government in an effort to stave off the spread of the novel coronavirus virus (COVID-19) on local soil.

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Coping with stress amid COVID-19 pandemic

Observer on March 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

IT is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared, or angry during a crisis, especially now while the world is trying feverishly to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).Locally, the Government has announced a slew of measures to contain the virus since confirming the country’s first case almost two weeks ago. Since then, Jamaica has confirmed 19 COVID-19 cases, including one death.

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ALL IN THE SPIRIT…

Observer on March 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Chairman of J Wray & Nephew Limited Clement “Jimmy” Lawrence (left) pauses for a snapshot during the presentation of hand sanitisers to Junior Rowe of the St Patrick’s Foundation on Friday.The spirits manufacturing and distributing company has donated 100,000 litres of pure alcohol to the Government, its staff, the civil service, and community members to help in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Another Negril hotel closes

Observer on March 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Jamaica’s tourism sector continues to be hit hard with the continued closure of hotels due to the lack of forward bookings caused by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID 2019) across the world.Merrils III in the resort town of Negril is one of the latest hotels to close its doors. The closure of the 57-room property has resulted in some 58 staff members being sent home last Friday.

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