Tourism numbers go limp in March

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The last two months of Jamaica’s winter tourist season are going cold, with arrivals expected to decline by 16 per cent for March as COVID-19 tightens its grip on global travel, says Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett. April may be worse, Bartlett…

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‘Tough call’ - Tourism dependency a factor in travel ban, says minister

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A downturn in tourism earnings is inevitable whether or not Jamaica imposes travel bans on its major markets in the wake of the global novel coronavirus outbreak, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has said. Speaking at a…

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6 parishes, 300 people - Contact with coronavirus patients spirals as Jamaica declared disaster area

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The Ministry of Health is tracking between 200 and 300 persons who potentially came in contact with novel coronavirus patients across six parishes: Kingston, St Andrew, St Thomas, Clarendon, St James, and St Ann. This revelation was made moments…

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Infirmaries halt visits

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The St Catherine Municipal Corporation has imposed an immediate ban on visits to the Spanish Town Infirmary. The decision was announced by Spanish Town Mayor Norman Scott during the monthly municipal meeting on Thursday. The chairman said that the…

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COVID-19 spread inevitable – health minister

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WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says that the community spread of COVID-19 was expected because of the difficulty of tracking people who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, even as he insists that there is…

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Residents avoid St Ann’s Bay Hospital like the plague

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As news spread across St Ann on Friday that three of the six persons confirmed as contracting the novel coronavirus were being treated at St Ann’s Bay Regional, residents of the parish shied away from the institution. A visit by The Gleaner Friday…

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Clarendonians told to shun panic pranksters

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As fears of a fallout from jitters over the spread of COVID-19 threaten Clarendon, May Pen Chamber of Commerce President Winsome Witter said yesterday that the business community had not begun to feel the effects of a slowdown. Witter emphasised…

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Ja imposes UK travel restriction

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A travel restriction has been placed on people travelling from the United Kingdom to Jamaica. The order takes effect today. Dunstan Bryan, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health…

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Cabbies relax stance on Mocho virus stigma

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Stigma around residents of the rural community of Mocho, Clarendon, appeared to be receding yesterday as some taxi operators relaxed their stance on not accepting the patronage of commuters as panic spread Thursday of COVID-19 transmission to a…

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Churches, mosques impose tough worship rules

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Religious groups across the island have taken precautionary measures in response to the emergence of COVID-19 here. Everett Brown, president of the Jamaica Union of Seventh-day Adventists, outlined new protocols for the church’s operations. In a…

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