COVID-19 cases move to 25

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Jamaica now has 25 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the health and wellness ministry advised last evening.The increase, the ministry said, follows the return of six additional positive tests over the last two days.The six new cases are:• Two males, both 61 years old, with travel histories that include Trinidad, London, Egypt, and Dubai. They arrived in Jamaica on March 11.

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Pensioners get reprieve

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The new realities birthed by the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in the State waiving certain requirements for thousands of government pensioners.Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke, in closing the 2020-21 Budget Debate at Gordon House in downtown Kingston yesterday, said the Administration will be suspending the requirement for proof of Life Certificates for pensioners as at April 20 this year.

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Clarke: Jamaica has options should things worsen

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Finance Minister Nigel Clarke is assuring Jamaicans that should “things take a turn for the worse” economically, given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government is prepared to take advantage of recourse under the country’s fiscal responsibility framework.

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COVID-19 fear

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Residents and stakeholders of this south-central town are fearful that the long-standing problem of inconsistent water supply could affect proper hygiene and sanitisation efforts, if not addressed swiftly, amid the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Doctor says trauma incidents from road crashes reduced

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PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA) Dr Elon Thompson says trauma cases from road accidents appear to have been reduced over the past few weeks, as the country focuses on the threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).He told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that, from observation, those incidents which would normally present at accident and emergency departments in overwhelming numbers, have declined.

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Diaspora assists displaced Jamaican students in the US

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MORE than 40 students studying in the United States who have been displaced because of the COVID-19 pandemic have been rescued by the Northeast Jamaica Diaspora.Up to Monday, the diaspora had found temporary accommodation for 41 Jamaicans who had to leave their dormitories, as colleges and universities shut their doors as part of measures to contain the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus.

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Accused who complained of coronavirus-like symptoms quarantined

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ACCUSED Lindell Powell, the man whose symptoms last week forced a speedy adjournment of the ongoing trial of six alleged members of the King Valley gang, is not COVID-19 positive, according to his attorney Russell Stewart.However, the attorney said his client has been quarantined out of an abundance of caution.

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Jamaican hotel workers stranded in the US

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NEW YORK, United States — Twenty-seven Jamaican contract workers are currently stranded at Newark International Airport in New Jersey after their flight to Montego Bay was cancelled this morning. The cancellation was the third by United Airlines, on which they were booked to travel from Newark to Montego Bay in the past two days.

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COVID-19 BAILOUT

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Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday outlined the Government’s financial bailout package for thousands of Jamaican workers and small operators in tourism and related sectors who have taken a hit by a downturn in activities because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The measures, amounting to billions in Government spend, are part of the Administration’s fiscal stimulus package, the minister said.

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Social distancing in the House

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre) encourages minister in charge of education Karl Samuda to practise social distancing before Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke (left) closed the budget debate in Parliament, yesterday. (Photo: Naphtali Junior).

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