Three more COVID cases increase total to 72

Gleaner on April 12th, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica has now increased to 72 after three more confirmed cases today. Newest cases: 1. St Elizabeth male, 65, who had contact with tourists 2. Kingston and St Andrew female, 53, a contact of a…

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Billion$ in tourism losses - COVID-19 turns north coast tourist hotspots into ghost towns

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WESTERN BUREAU: Already faced with billions of dollars in losses as a result of closures of hotels and entertainment attractions and massive lay-offs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamaica’s tourism sector could further lose out on some US$3 billion…

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BPO worry - Workers scared after colleague tests positive for COVID-19

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Call-centre workers employed to a business process outsourcing (BPO) outfit are now concerned following the announcement that one member of staff has tested positive for COVID-19, triggering fear across its Portmore and Kingston locations….

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Political panic hits PNP … Phillips advised to step away as cancer diagnosis sends PNP scrambling for ‘interim’ leader … Yes to McNeill, no to Bunting, say insiders

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Full-blown political panic has hit the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) following last week’s public disclosure of the advanced-cancer diagnosis for its leader Dr Peter Phillips, resulting in its quest to find an acceptable interim leader…

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Domestic abuse caution - Experts wary of gender-based violence during COVID-19 stay-at-home measures

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Jamaica’s largest residential facility for victims of domestic violence has revealed that calls to its hotlines have slowed to a trickle since a range of COVID-19 containment measures forced a large chunk of the population to remain indoors….

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Centenarians unafraid of COVID-19 … But family members worried

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WESTERN BUREAU: Some centenarians born in or before 1918 – the year of the deadly influenza virus known as the Spanish flu or the 1918 flu pandemic – said they are not threatened by COVID-19. However, they are exercising caution. In 1918, the…

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What social distancing? - Inner-city residents say harsh living conditions rule out such measures

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Government is stressing social distancing as one of the main practices to counter the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 in Jamaica. But for residents of several of the Corporate Area’s toughest inner-communities, such a practice falls short of wishful…

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Cursing her COVID bad luck - Virus outbreak pushes back court date for Jamaican who accused Barbados cops of rape

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The female Jamaican complainant who has made rape allegations against two Barbadian police officers is cursing her bad luck. After waiting 10 years to finally get a trial date, everything has now been scuppered due to the outbreak of coronavirus…

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Inner-city residents say houses too hot for curfew

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Residents of at least one inner-city community in the Corporate Area have sought to justify their ‘partying’ actions, stating that they are merely seeking to enjoy themselves. At least three videos are being circulated on social media which show…

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Millions pledged so far to COVID-19 telethon cause

Gleaner on April 12th, 2020 | File Under More News -

Millions of Jamaican dollars have already been pledged by organisations and donors for the COVID-19 Telethon Jamaica now happening.   The concert, which began at 3:00 pm, has already seen donations from organisations, such as the United…

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