COVID-19 | PM announces new measures to tighten containment

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced new restrictions as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus spread in Jamaica. At a press conference on Monday evening at Jamaica House, the Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, also said a total of…

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Preliminary results show five more Coronavirus cases in Jamaica

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Preliminary results have indicated five additional coronavirus cases in Jamaica.This would move to 15, the number of cases here.In a statement, the Health Ministry said two of the cases are linked to a patient who travelled from the United Kingdom….

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Tourism ‘bailout’ - Hotel interests plead for stimulus to survive coronavirus wipeout

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The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has presented the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service with a proposal for a stimulus package for the tourism industry amid the global downturn in travel resulting from the novel coronavirus…

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Tufton defends COVID cruise docking - Health minister insists that medical team carried out due diligence in granting landing privileges

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Concerns are being raised as to whether Jamaican authorities were prudent in granting cruise ship Costa Luminosa landing privileges on February 28. This, after a 68-year-old Italian man who was a passenger on the ship at the time died in the…

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Jamaican recounts time warp of quarantine China-style

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WESTERN BUREAU: In quarantine now for 64 days in China, Jamaican teacher Ashley Thompson could now claim rights to being an expert on resiliency and the inner workings of the human spirit. Even while admittedly homesick, frustrated, lonely, and…

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Flying in the face of virus - Traveller says he’ll take his chances with COVID-19 in Canada

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An American woman who is expecting to get married in Kingston in a couple of days is feeling the impact of the novel coronavirus as she expressed dismay that none of her bridal party or invited guests would be coming to the wedding. The seemingly…

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Roger Chang found dead

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WINDSOR CASTLE, St Mary: The body of 62-year-old businessman Roger Chang was found yesterday during a joint search operation between police from the St Mary and Portland divisions. The body appeared to have several stab wounds to the back. Chang,…

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Don’t panic, Jamaican teacher in China warns

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WESTERN BUREAU: For Ashley Thompson, a Jamaican teacher who has been in quarantine now for 64 days in Zhengzhou, a measure instituted by the Chinese government to curb the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), there have been some…

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My savings are running low – father of four - Government ponders redirecting PATH school funding

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With Jamaica now recording its 10th case of the novel coronavirus, at least one resident of Denham Town, west Kingston, has expressed that he is worried – not about getting sick but about how he will provide for his family amid the danger of being…

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Gas tax cut was better bet, says Haughton

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There have been mixed reviews of the recent announcement by the Government that general consumption tax (GCT) will be reduced by 1.5 percentage points to 15 per cent for the 2020-21 financial year, which begins on April 1. The GCT cut is expected…

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