Nineteen Health Ministry employees among 422 COVID cases

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The Health Ministry is reporting that 19 of its employees have now tested positive for the coronavirus. Up to yesterday, only seven had tested positive. However, in a release this evening, the Health Ministry said following the sampling and testing…

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St Catherine, Cross Road tax offices to re-open Monday

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Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says its St Catherine and Cross Roads offices will reopen on Monday. It follows confirmation that the 24-hour St Catherine curfew will end tomorrow. TAJ says the following offices will resume operations on…

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‘Jodian died a terrible death’ - First-time mom had heart failure

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First-time mom Jodian Fearon “died a terrible death” from heart failure exacerbated by last-minute pregnancy-related stress at The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), the medical doctor hired to observe her post-mortem has revealed….

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Farm workers positive - 17 Jamaicans contract coronavirus in Canada

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Seventeen Jamaicans are among 47 workers employed to Greenhill Produce in Chatham-Kent, Canada, who have contracted the coronavirus disease and have been placed in isolation. Forty-five of the positive cases are migrant workers and two are members…

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Soldiers accused of breaking boy’s leg

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“Mi foot dead! Mi foot dead!” were the reported cries of a 16-year-old schoolboy to his cousin after he was allegedly attacked by a group of Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers in his Majesty Gardens, St Andrew, community on Sunday. The boy had…

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Customers swarm Drive-Thru Farmers’ Market

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The overwhelming turnout to Jamaica’s first ever Drive-Thru Farmers’ Market at the Agricultural Marketing Corporation (AMC) complex on Spanish Town Road yesterday tested the endurance of staff who were kept on their feet filling orders at a…

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Call for COVID army as Alorica casts shadow

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An urgent call has been made for the Ministry of Health and Wellness to deploy an “army” of workers to trace contacts of people who test positive for the coronavirus disease. There is also pressure for stricter oversight for quarantined people who…

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Health ministry hunts more money for COVID fight

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The health and wellness ministry has only $300 million left to spend out of the $2.8-billion budget it has received to fight the coronavirus disease and has signalled that it will be going back to the finance ministry for more. “We are now in…

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Blood Bank rejecting donors from quarantine zones

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Residents of COVID-19 quarantine zones are barred from donating blood until the state-imposed restriction is lifted, the Blood Bank has said. Director of the Blood Bank, Dr Alisha Tucker, says that although there has been no suspected or reported…

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COVID-19 rewrites Ramadan rituals - Jamaica-based Muslims adapt as mosques remain empty

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COVID-19 has unravelled the thread of worship and social cohesion that bind Jamaica’s 6,000 Muslims, but adherents have, like other people of faith, adapted rituals to cope with the new norm of distancing. This reality has become more apparent in…

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