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US tops 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus for 1st time

Friday, January, 8 2021    

ORANGE, California (AP) — The US topped 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day for the first time, breaking a record set just one day earlier, with several Sun Belt states driving the surge. Read More

Canada's Westjet announces temporary layoffs, flight cancellations

Friday, January, 8 2021    

MONTREAL, Canada (AFP)— Westjet, Canada's second largest airline, announced Friday temporary layoffs of as many as 1,000 staff as demand for flights dropped off with the sudden introduction of stricter Canadian entry rules to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read More

Chinese vaccine seeks regulatory approval in Brazil

Friday, January, 8 2021    

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP)— Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac's local partner in Brazil applied Friday for emergency authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine, the first to seek regulatory approval in the hard-hit country, officials said. Read More

Cayman Islands Premier says cruise tourism unlikely to resume this year

Friday, January, 8 2021    

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, (CMC)— Premier Alden McLaughlin says that it is unlikely that cruise ships will be returning to the territory this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

WHO urges countries to stop making bilateral vaccine deals

Friday, January, 8 2021    

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP)— The WHO on Friday urged countries to stop making bilateral deals for COVID-19 vaccines and, if they have signed contracts for more than they need, to release them to the globally-shared Covax programme. Read More

UK records 1,325 new virus deaths, its most during outbreak

Friday, January, 8 2021    

LONDON, England (AP) — Britain has recorded 1,325 new coronavirus deaths, the highest figure since the start of pandemic.Not all the deaths announced by the government on Friday occurred on the same day. They include people who died within 28 days of a positive test. Read More

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

Friday, January, 8 2021    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — More than 88 million coronavirus infections have been confirmed worldwide, with over 1.8 million people across 196 countries and territories having died and over 54.7 million having recovered from the virus. Read More

Jamaica's COVID-19 deaths now at 307

Friday, January, 8 2021    

KINGSTON, Jamaica— A 69-year-old man from St Elizabeth has become Jamaica's latest COVID-19 fatality bringing the country's death toll to 307.The country also recorded 43 new cases of the virus pushing the total number of cases recorded in the country to 13,411. Read More

UK regulators approve use of 3rd vaccine against coronavirus

Friday, January, 8 2021    

LONDON, England (AP) — Britain has authorized a coronavirus vaccine developed by Moderna, the third to be licensed for use in the country as it ramps up a vaccination program critical to lifting the UK out of the pandemic. Read More

BioNTech says vaccine 'neutralises key mutation' in UK, South Africa strains

Friday, January, 8 2021    

BERLIN, Germany (AFP)— German company BioNTech said Friday a preliminary study shows that its vaccine works against a key mutation in coronavirus variants uncovered in Britain and South Africa which experts have said is more contagious than normal coronavirus strains. Read More

St Vincent deputy police chief tests positive for COVID-19, Commissioner in quarantine

Friday, January, 8 2021    

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC)— The Deputy Commissioner of Police in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Frankie Joseph, has tested positive for COVID-19 and as a result,  Commissioner of Police Colin John and other senior ranks are now in quarantine. Read More

EU regulators OK increasing doses from virus vaccine vials

Friday, January, 8 2021    

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's drug agency on Friday approved doctors drawing up to six doses from each vial of the coronavirus vaccine made by BioNTech-Pfizer, a move that could speed up the pace of vaccinations in the 27-nation bloc. Read More

Negril chamber calls for more support amid COVID uncertainty

BY ROSALEE WOOD Observer West writer | Thursday, January, 7 2021    

NEGRIL, Westmoreland - Richard Wallace, president of the Negril Chamber of Commerce, is pleading with the financial institutions and utility companies to renew the support they offered to businesses during the early stage of the coronavirus... Read More

CMO says Jamaica will get access to safe, reliable vaccines

Thursday, January, 7 2021    

THE relatively short period of time in which medical scientists and pharmaceutical corporations have developed COVID-19 vaccines is now a hot topic among sceptics and the anti- immunisation lobby, but local health authorities are assuring Jamaicans that the antidotes are backed by years... Read More

For COVID fight

Thursday, January, 7 2021    

From left: Member of Parliament (MP) for Westmoreland Eastern Danny Lawrence; Morland Wilson, Westmoreland Western MP, Eric “Busha” Clarke, chairman of the Western Regional Health Authority; George Wright, MP Westmoreland Central; and Hazeline Forrester, director of nursing services,... Read More



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