With every swipe, a cashier sweats on COVID-19

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As the number of COVID-19 cases inch up in Jamaica, Michaelann Mills arrives to work with apprehension. Her hair virtually stands on end as she prepares to go to battle with the prospect of every cough, sniffle, sneeze and wheeze being a missile…

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Run on post offices sparks pension cash crunch

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The Ministry of Labour and Social Security said that it is working with Jamaica Post to ease a cash-flow shortage at a number of post offices across Jamaica. The problem has been attributed to pensioners, some of whom would accumulate their…

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Haunted by rape - Clarendon girl never wants to return to school, says mom

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COVID-19’s shuttering of schools has offered respite to an emotionally scarred teen who was pulled from classes on February 18 when she was reportedly held down by three boys who took turns sexually assaulting her. The teen’s mother is appealing…

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An uphill task as parents learn to become teachers - As schools remain closed, students put patience, creativity to the test

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With schools closing more than three weeks ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Jamaican parents are finding it challenging to keep their children on track with lessons at home as teachers work out alternative arrangements to deliver…

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Children’s advocate: COVID-19 could worsen child neglect, abuse

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WESTERN BUREAU: Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison says that unless normality is restored to the education sector and the local economy in short order, COVID-19 could cause an increase in the neglect and abuse of children as a result of…

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‘People are dying around me every day’ - Worried Jamaican healthcare workers battling COVID-19 in NYC

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WHEN TWO young women left Jamaica and migrated to the United States (US), never in their wildest dreams did they envision that one day, they would be working on the front lines, trying to save lives during a global pandemic like the new coronavirus…

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New guidance on wearing masks

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Local health officials have tweaked instructions on the wearing of masks indicating that persons who cannot avoid “crowded situations” should put on the protective gear to decrease the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19. According to the Ministry…

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Scotia shutting eight branches

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Scotiabank says it will be closing eight branches amid the coronavirus outbreak in Jamaica. The bank says the closures will run from April 15 to April 30. Affected branches: 1. Christiana, Manchester 2. Cross Roads, Kingston 3. Ironshore, St James…

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Tech keeps infants engaged amid school closure

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WESTERN BUREAU: As the closure of schools rolls into its fourth week, administrators at two early childhood education institutions in western Jamaica are trying hard to keep students engaged while out of the classrooms. Schools were ordered closed…

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Chinese community injects further $8m into COVID-19 fight

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Western Bureau: The Chinese business community in Montego Bay, St James, has made another substantial donation of food and healthcare supplies to help cushion the dislocation caused by the deadly coronavirus in the island. The donation of the…

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