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CHASE Fund finances equipment valued $35m to boost COVID-19 testing

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The CHASE Fund is funding the acquisition of additional testing equipment and supplies, valued at $35 million, for the National Influenza Centre (NIC) at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) to allow for more rapid and accurate coronavirus (COVID-19)... Read More

Tufton tours CRH's COVID-19 facility
ST JAMES, Jamaica — Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness for the housing of COVID-19 patients at the state-run Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James.... Read More

St Kitts anounces lockdown, SOE extended
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC) — A one-week lockdown will take effect Thursday night under an extended State of Emergency announced by Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, as the twin-island federation continues efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.... Read More

Ban on bars extended
KINGSTON, Jamaica — While accepting that bar owners and their employees are hurting from the lock down of places of entertainment, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has argued that the time is not right for lifting the restriction.... Read More

COVID-19: Here's what you need to know today

Thursday, April, 9 2020    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infections worldwide surpassed 1.5 million while nearly 89,000 people across 192 countries and territories have died. More than half of the world's population is now under lockdown conditions in a global effort to contain... Read More

One hundred Italian doctors have died of virus — medics

Thursday, April, 9 2020    

ROME, Italy (AFP) — One hundred Italian doctors have died because of the novel coronavirus since the pandemic reached the Mediterranean country in February, Italy's FNOMCeO health association said on Thursday. Read More

Pandemic no 'blank cheque' to flout human rights — UN

Thursday, April, 9 2020    

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The coronavirus crisis is not a "blank cheque" to flout civil liberties, the UN human rights commissioner warned on Thursday as she criticised some states' adoption of "unlimited" emergency powers. Read More

Government gets 29 ventilators from EU

Thursday, April, 9 2020    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government yesterday received 29 ventilators valued at approximately €1 million from the European Union (EU), to support patients who need intensive care in hospitals and to treat patients infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Read More

Boris Johnson's health 'continues to improve' —Downing Street

Thursday, April, 9 2020    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's health "continues to improve" on his fourth day in intensive care battling coronavirus, his official spokesman said on Thursday. Read More

Spain sees daily drop in COVID-19 deaths, over 15,000 total

Thursday, April, 9 2020    

MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Spain's daily death toll from the coronavirus fell to 683 on Thursday, after rising for two days, the authorities said.The country, one of the worst hit by the pandemic, has now recorded 15,238 deaths from COVID-19. Read More

World faces 'worst economic fallout since Great Depression' —IMF chief

Thursday, April, 9 2020    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The global coronavirus pandemic is causing an economic crisis unlike any in the past century and will require a massive response to help in the recovery, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Thursday. Read More

Jamaica developing protocols to reopen borders

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, April, 9 2020    

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness indicated yesterday that Jamaicans who are stranded overseas could be allowed to return home, but under strict conditions. Read More

Thank you!

Thursday, April, 9 2020    

SPECIAL Olympics Jamaica (SOJ) Executive Director Coleridge “Roy” Howell has hailed the support provided by partners as the organisation battles to ensure the welfare of those linked to their programmes. Read More

Belief kills and belief cures ...but not COVID-19

Glenn Tucker | Thursday, April, 9 2020    

Perhaps the greatest problem facing the world during this COVID-19 crisis is misinformation. People are scared and frustrated; and, as they see their savings disappearing before their eyes, they are still willing to try any and everything. Read More

Music sector gets lifeline

By Anthony Lewis Observer writer | Thursday, April, 9 2020    

Karen Smith, president of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians and Affiliates Union (JFMAU), has expressed optimism that the music and creative industries will benefit from the government's COVID-19 relief package. Read More


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