Second coronavirus patient dies as Jamaica records 38 confirmed cases

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The Health Ministry has reported that a second coronavirus (COVID-19) patient has died. The patient, who the Health Ministry says was recovering, died this afternoon at the University of Hospital of the West Indies. According to the ministry, the…

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IRIE FM goes off air as workers protest lay offs

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IRIE FM radio station went off air Tuesday afternoon as employees stopped working to protest against the management’s decision to lay of six of their colleagues. Managing director Debian Dewar was contacted by phone late Tuesday evening,…

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COVID curfew - Seven-night all-island lockdown starts tomorrow

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Starting tomorrow, Jamaicans will be under an all-island curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to slow down the spread of COVID-19, which has killed one person locally, with another 35 infected with the virus. It will last for seven days. Members of the…

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US Embassy denies wooing health workers for COVID fight

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The United States Embassy in Kingston says America is not seeking to get health professionals to abandon their nation’s fight against COVID-19 to bolster its own capacity, having “clarified” an appeal that the State Department acknowledged was…

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Backing for pause on patents to COVID technologies

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A request to undertake efforts to pool rights to technologies for the detection, control and treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic is being welcomed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization of American States (OAS). The proposal…

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‘Quarantine’ cook-off sizzles on social media

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A group of young men in Brown’s Town, St Ann, decided they would not let the novel coronavirus spoil their leisure time, so they got together on Sunday to hold a social-media cook-off titled ‘Mi and Mi Bredda Dem Good’. Coordinated by Richardo…

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Gunmen light up police car in St Bess

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WESTERN BUREAU: A team of cops from the Lacovia Police Station in St Elizabeth yesterday survived a brazen gun attack by robbers who shot up their service vehicle before making their escape. The criminals had earlier held up and robbed a motorist…

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Miami hotel workers long for home

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Some seasonal Jamaican hotel workers in Miami, Florida, who missed the March 24 deadline to return to Jamaica before borders closed are pleading for the Government to help them return home. The workers said that they are at risk of eviction…

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Progressive gives COVID-19 aid

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Trucks loaded with food and other essential items were gifted to four charities for donation to Jamaica’s neediest and vulnerable as the country grapples with the economic and social fallout from COVID-19. At the handover ceremony on Monday,…

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Internet woes big hurdle for Hanover students

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WESTERN BUREAU: The absence of Internet access is creating jitters in some Hanover communities as teachers and parents worry that their children, especially those sitting the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examination, will be at a significant…

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