US Embassy suspends visa services after employee contracts Coronavirus

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The United States Embassy in Kingston has suspended visa and other consular service after one of its employees tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The employee recently returned to Kingston after travelling to the United Kingdom….

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J Wray and Nephew suspends operation as Coronavirus precaution

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J Wray and Nephew Ltd has suspended operations at its Spanish Town Road offices as a precaution amid Jamaica’s first Coronavirus case. The company says this is because the patient had close contact with one of its contractors. In a statement…

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GCT cut - Finance minister announces another ‘1.5’ tax break

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Consumers will get an ease from the full burden of general consumption tax (GCT) with a 1.5 percentage-point reduction in the rate from 16.5 per cent to 15 per cent, effective April 1. Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke…

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$7 billion for COVID - First case confirmed in Jamaica

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With Jamaica confirming its first COVID-19 case yesterday, Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has earmarked $7 billion in contingency funding to tackle the SARS-CoV-2 viral threat. In his contribution to the 2020-2021 Budget…

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Corona-crazy shoppers flock pharmacies

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Minutes after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Jamaica, a crush of ­shoppers swarmed pharmacies in Kingston in the hunt for sanitisation agents and safety gear. Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton announced at a press…

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‘You could see the scalding of skin’ - Two seriously burnt in New Kingston ­restaurant explosion

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A major explosion at TAO Restaurant Chinese Cuisine in New Kingston yesterday left two persons with serious injuries and several others with minor burns. The blackened Knutsford Boulevard building, with smoke billowing from inside, and two damaged…

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PM pledges cushion for COVID-19 fallout

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the Government is exploring ways to cushion several industries that will experience fallout from the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has so far claimed over 4,200 lives. The announcement…

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Four nations cease flights to island

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Four source nations in Europe have effectively suspended travel for their citizens to the island following clampdowns associated with the emergence of the novel coronavirus, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said. The countries include Italy,…

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No Mas? - Revellers cautioned to avoid carnivals

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Revellers have been urged to take precautions as they wine to the rhythm of soca and calypso at carnival events because of heightened concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus here. Carmen Brissett, the vice-president of the Nurses’…

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News Briefs

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Virus fear pushes Sanders, Biden to cancel rallies WASHINGTON (AP): Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden abruptly cancelled election-night rallies Tuesday night in Cleveland amid concerns over the spread of the new…

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