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

Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infections worldwide surpassed 1.4 million while almost 83,000 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

Kari Douglas charged with breaching COVID-19 curfew

Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Kari Douglas, councillor for the Trafalgar Division in the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation, has vowed to vigorously defend herself in court after she was arrested and charged with breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act and disorderly conduct, last... Read More

Boyz Manager Simpson ponders path after COVID-19-wrecked schedule

Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

Manager Roy Simpson says the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic's ripple effect on global sport has left a gaping hole in the Reggae Boyz' schedule for the year. Read More

CMO says some COVID-19 patients will be isolated at their homes

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

CHIEF Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, pointing to “problems with stigma”, says Jamaicans must come to terms with the reality that people deemed to be COVID-19 positive will be isolated at home in the coming days. Read More

GK's Wehby calls for more local, value-added finished goods .

BY KELLARAY MILES Business reporter milesk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

W ith the recent predicament of excess tonnes of agricultural produce at risk of wasting, more calls are being made for the agro-processing sector to engage, market and develop a wider range of value added finished products using local agricultural... Read More

Sasco, Chris Martin put the show online

BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

On Sunday, singer Chris Martin and deejay Agent Sasco took to social media platforms to share their music with their audience who have been forced indoors due to the Government-imposed restrictions on mass gatherings. Read More

National Arena to be converted to field hospital

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaoobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

THE National Arena is to become a field hospital to house persons with mild cases of COVID-19, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton announced yesterday. Read More

BOJ expects significant fallout in foreign exchange

BY KELLARAY MILES Business reporter milesk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has said that given the continued effects stemming from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the globe, it has factored the reality that there will be a significant fallout in foreign exchange (FX) as two major sources — remittances... Read More

JMMB offers financial lifeline to vulnerable clients affected by COVID-19

Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

THE JMMB Group, as a response to easing the financial burdens of its most vulnerable clients who may be threatened by the economic fallout of COVID-19, has extended a lifeline aimed at cushioning possible blows to these businesses. Read More

Gov't to probe alleged use of lupus drug to treat COVID-19

Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

THE Ministry of Health and Wellness has promised to investigate a claim by Opposition Spokesperson on Health Dr Morais Guy that the May Pen Hospital has violated the Government's COVID-19 treatment guidelines by using the drug Hydroxychloroquine to treat treatment for patients with the... Read More

Quarantined in China and Jamaica

Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

WHEN a St Catherine man took up a job opportunity to teach English in Zhejiang province in the People's Republic of China, he never envisaged being at the centre of one of the most devastating global pandemics ever — the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Read More

English soccer warned of US$1.2-B pandemic losses, clubs closing

By ROB HARRIS AP Global Soccer Writer | Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

English soccer faced warnings yesterday that losses caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic could exceed US$1.2 billion and clubs could go out of business. Read More

Champing at the bit!

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter cowans@jamiacaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

The inevitable postponement and cancellation of this year's Goodwill Games and the Central American and Caribbean Swimming Federation (CCCAN) Championships have left a number of young swimmers around the region disappointed as they eagerly await a return to the... Read More

COVID-19: Landlords, tenants and mortgagors

BY Venice Williams-Gordon | Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a real threat to our economy. In Jamaica, landlords, tenants and mortgagors are concerned about whether they have any rights when dealing with a pandemic and its potential consequences.  Read More

PSOJ uses podcast to help SMEs survive the financial strains of COVID-19

Wednesday, April, 8 2020    

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), through its Access to Finance Facilitation Panel (AFFP), has introduced the COVIDCastJA:Business podcast as a means of equipping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to survive the dreaded realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More


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