US upgrades Jamaica rating but fresh worry as virus spreads

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WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says the Level 3 United States travel advisory published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was an upgrade from Level 4, which advises Americans ‘NOT TO…

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13th COVID death - 59 cases in 48 hours; stigma fears in St Thomas

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The death of a 13th Jamaican from COVID-19 and a surge of 59 new infections in the last 48 hours could push government authorities to crack down harder on movement and specific industries to curb the virus’ rapid spread after a lull in June. The…

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More cases, fewer masks?

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Business owners in the Corporate Area are struggling to enforce the wearing of masks by customers, a growing concern as coronavirus cases have again begun to soar in Jamaica. That spike hasn’t missed the attention of Michelle Bailey, a retail…

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Clarendon under COVID strain, 15 church attendees positive

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The upsurge of coronavirus cases in Clarendon has caused a significant strain on staff and resources, says Joseph Grant, parish manager for health services. Grant revealed that other hotspots for COVID-19 were emerging in the central Jamaica parish…

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Spanish Town High retrofits classrooms, canteen for new term

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Spanish Town High is retrofitting numerous classrooms to meet the specifications of the Ministry of Health…

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Second COVID wave could be worse than first – PM

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WESTERN BUREAU: Following a recent spike in COVID-19 infections, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is warning that complacency with the success of controlling the coronavirus’ spread locally could result in a fresh and more dangerous outbreak in…

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Flower Hill residents get running water after 30-year wait

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WESTERN BUREAU: After approximately 30 years without access to running water in their homes, residents of Flower Hill, St James, are now singing praises following an official ceremony commissioning a supply system in the community on Friday. The…

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Springfield takes first steps with new footbridge

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The opening of a footbridge on the border of St Catherine and St Mary was an Independence Day gift that brought cheer to residents of Mud Lane and surrounding communities. Residents of the farming communities of Springfield and Guy’s Hill in St…

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Should the police charge everyone who refuses to wear a face mask in public?

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Marcia Henry “No, because that is going against the freedom of individual rights. This is like taking away the rights of persons. That’s why we talk about the draconian laws that they have been passing. It is to force mankind to receive the mark…

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itelbpo to bring 750 jobs to St Lucia by 2021 - Int’l clients look to diversify amid pandemic

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More than 1,000 hopeful applicants from around the Eastern Caribbean island of St Lucia recently turned out as the Jamaica-based itelbpo spread its wings with an official opening ceremony and two job fairs. The intent, as stated by the company’s…

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