10 vessels sitting in Port Antonio harbour

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PORT ANTONIO, Portland — The West Harbour in this town is now home to 10 vessels with a combined 28 passengers whom the local authorities have refused landing in keeping with the Government’s travel restrictions in the wake of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak here.

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KingAlarm cuts guard service rates

Observer on March 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Top-flight private security company KingAlarm is reducing the rates of its guard service to all its customers for the month of April as a contribution to Jamaica’s efforts to combat the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Jamaican stuck in Egypt ‘blows’ out his birthday candle anyway

Observer on March 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

ON March 28, St Elizabeth native Kevin Thomas sang a COVID-19-inspired rendition of Happy Birthday to himself, used one hand to cover his mouth and the other to ‘blow’ out the candle on his birthday cupcake. After his first attempt to put out the tiny flame failed, he abandoned standard English and burst into patois, “Ah wah kinda cangle dis!” He then energetically fanned the stubborn flame until it accepted defeat. All this took place from his newly-rented apartment on a…

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ALL HANDS NEEDED

Observer on March 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Almost a third of private doctors here have closed their offices, most of them in the vulnerable age group for COVID-19, or novel coronavirus disease 2019, a health and wellness ministry spokesman said at the weekend.

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Farmers expect they’ll lose millions

Observer on March 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FARMERS in Walkerswood, St Ann, are expecting to lose millions in the coming weeks as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hits markets for their produce.Measures to arrest the infectious disease outbreak have forced the Government to close the country’s borders to incoming passengers, effectively crippling the group’s main market — hotels.

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‘Like lepers’

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PARIS, France (AFP) — From anonymous letters to blatant shunning, nurses and other health workers in France say they are becoming targets of suspicion and even harassment by neighbours and patients fearful of catching COVID-19.

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On the brink of collapse

Observer on March 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

The onslaught of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the island is about to claim another casualty — Teen Challenge Jamaica in St Ann.The independently funded residential rehabilitation facility is facing an extraordinary test to keep its doors open as the financial crunch from the shutdowns related to COVID-19 impacts its programmes and operations.

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‘It’s just me alone’

Observer on March 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

LEILA Miller understands that the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) fatality rate for people over 60 years is much higher than for younger adults and children.She also knows that a Government order took effect last Wednesday restricting people 75 years and older to the confines of their homes and that it is designed to protect the country’s elderly population which, experts say, is most vulnerable to the disease.

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COVID-19 continues deadly march

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MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Spain broke another national record of daily coronavirus deaths yesterday as more than 40 per cent of the world’s population was asked to stay home in hopes of halting the deadly march of a disease that has claimed more than 32,000 lives.A deluge of patients are overwhelming hospitals in Europe and the United States, now the focal points of a pandemic that is upending the global economy in unprecedented ways.

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Nature takes back world’s empty city streets

Observer on March 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

PARIS, France (AFP) — With humans retreat into their homes as more and more countries go under coronavirus lockdown, wild animals are slipping cover to explore the empty streets of some of our biggest cities.Wild boar have descended from the hills around Barcelona while sika deer are nosing their way around the deserted metro stations of Nara, Japan.

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