Panic cramps Corn Piece, Clarendon after first COVID-19 death

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Panic has frozen the southern Clarendon community of Corn Piece Settlement near Lionel Town following reports that one of its residents is Jamaica’s first patient to die as a result of the Coronavirus. The 79-year-old male whose name is being withheld recently returned to Jamaica from New York.

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HOTELS CLOSING - RIU shutting three out west, 1,000 workers going home

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WESTERN BUREAU: Plunging arrivals out of the United Kingdom and Canadian markets as a ­result of COVID-19 have forced at least four Spanish hotels and several attraction operators to close their doors. The hotels – RIU Palace Jamaica, RIU Negril,…

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Bars pour scorn on lockdown

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Bar operators in the Corporate Area and some rural towns across Jamaica are agitating against a total shutdown of their services as the Government rolls out stringent measures, starting today, to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. Prime…

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Tufton: No issue with our capacity to test

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With fewer than 100 persons tested since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Jamaica last Tuesday, raising questions about the country’s capacity, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday declared that there is enough…

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$3 billion more in COVID stimulus

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The Holness administration is taking steps to shore up ­businesses hit hard by the onset of COVID-19 as well as to provide temporary cash support to people who lose their jobs because of the economic fallout from the global pandemic. At the same…

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Murders fall as virus rises

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Murders in the first 74 days of the year have plunged to a smidgen over two per cent higher than they were in 2019, coming from a high of 10 per cent just three weeks ago, a downward trend which coincides with the emergence of COVID-19 in Jamaica…

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Clarke chided for ‘undercutting’ Budget rules

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Leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips, has accused Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke of sidestepping established rules in Parliament on the budgetary process. In his contribution to the Budget Debate yesterday in…

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COVID-19 stigma angers Goshen residents

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Residents of Goshen, Clarendon, hometown of Patient One’s father who was confirmed by the Ministry of Health to having contracted the novel coronavirus, said they are frustrated with the constant discrimination they have been facing since the…

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Plea for cabbies to stay on roads despite virus traffic decline

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With the Government of Jamaica advising citizens to stay home amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, president of the All-Island United Taxi Association, Raymond Bynes, said that his membership would still remain on the roads unless there is a…

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Phillips: Government mismanaging economy - Says country ­trying to catch up on ­coronavirus

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Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips yesterday rapped the Government for failing to craft a Budget that cushioned the harsh realities facing the Jamaican people and slammed the administration’s preparations for COVID-19 that is now affecting the…

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