Second COVID-19 death, another patient recovers, 38 cases

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Jamaica’s second COVID-19 death was reported yesterday as the health authorities reported two new positive tests, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the island to 38.At the same time, the Ministry of Health and Wellness also reported that a second person — Patient 3.1, from St James — has recovered from the virus and was released from hospital.

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Prepare for psychological fallout, Dr De La Haye warns

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Former chief medical officer Dr Winston De La Haye has warned that there will be psychological fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, and suggested that the Government seeks help now to put interventions in place for the expected deluge of depression.According to Dr De La Haye, various psychological and counselling organisations stand ready to assist the authorities for the range of mental trauma-related issues that are already emerging.

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Jamaica posts video of hope to travel trade

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Amid the COVID-19 onslaught worldwide, Jamaica is spreading a message of hope within the travel trade with a one-minute video encouraging viewers to practise safety measures while promoting the island’s beauty and warm, hospitable people.

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We want to come home!

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THIRTY-SIX Jamaican students at the Cave Hill, Barbados campus of t he University of the West Indies have appealed to the Government to help get them home.The university’s campus was locked down in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the closure of Jamaica’s airports to incoming passengers on March 21 made the situation worse, as all incoming flights were cancelled.

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PM: It’s not a lockdown

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness made it clear yesterday that Government’s seven-day nightly curfew — from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am — starting tonight, is not a lockdown of the country.The curfew, announced at a Jamaica House press conference Monday, is part of Government’s measure to fight the deadly novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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‘NO DEATH SENTENCE’

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AFTER hearing about his family’s experience while he was in isolation, having tested positive for COVID-19, the man who is Jamaica’s first patient to recover from the virus is begging his fellow countrymen not to discriminate against people who contract the disease.

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Councillor urges vigilance against crime as Covid-19 takes hold

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Councillor for the Balaclava Division and former mayor of Black River Everton Fisher (People’s National Party) is urging Jamaicans to be “extra vigilant” and to prepare themselves for a surge in crime as the COVID-19 crisis cripples economic activity, leaving many without jobs.

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Measures in place to protect children in State care

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THE Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is reporting that its childcare facilities have put measures in place to ensure that children in State care are protected during the COVID-19 crisis.Chief executive officer of the CPFSA, Rosalee Gage Grey, told JIS News that the agency has activated its National Emergency Disaster Committee, similar to what is done in preparation for a hurricane.

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JUTC expecting revenue loss due to funeral changes

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THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) Chartered Division is expecting a huge revenue loss due to the adjustment of funeral services as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.According to JUTC’s Corporate Communications Manager Cecil Thoms, the State-owned bus company is already feeling the pinch given the fact that funerals account for 60 to 70 per cent of its chartered services.

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Govt’s curfew order gets strong backing from western Jamaica

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Business lobby groups in western Jamaica are giving Government the thumbs up for the imposition of a curfew running from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am for the next seven days, as part of efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measure, which was announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at a digital press briefing held at Jamaica House on Monday, takes effect today.

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