Jamaica Observer: Observing Covid-19 - Covid-19 - JamaicaObserver.com


Govt's curfew order gets strong backing from western Jamaica

BY HORACE HINES AND ONOME SIDO Observer writers | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Business lobby groups in western Jamaica are giving Government the thumbs up for the imposition of a curfew running from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am for the next seven days, as part of efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Read More

JUTC expecting revenue loss due to funeral changes

Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company's (JUTC) Chartered Division is expecting a huge revenue loss due to the adjustment of funeral services as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Read More

Progressive Grocers and partners help in COVID-19 response

BY SHARLENE HENDRICKS Observer staff reporter hendrickss@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

APPROXIMATELY 1,000 Jamaicans in some 30 communities across the island, primarily those who are shut-ins, indigent or have lost jobs, began benefiting from a large donation of food, drinking water, sanitary products, and other items donated to four charities operating throughout the... Read More

Taxi operators feeling the COVID-19 pinch

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

TAXI operators in St Catherine are feeling the COVID-19 pinch as, with orders laid down by Government that taxis only carry three passengers, their earnings have taken a nosedive in recent weeks. Read More

A funeral with only 8 people in attendance

Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

THREE days after the first case of the new coronavirus was confirmed in Jamaica, Verna Reid's brother, Troy Stephenson, died after suffering an asthma attack.He was 52 years old. Read More

Financial grants for informal sector

BY ABBION ROBINSON Business reporter robinsona@jamaicaobserver | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke says members of the informal sector stand to benefit from financial grants to cushion the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This includes bar operators, hairdressers, taxi operators, barbers, and market... Read More

Real estate board advises public to access services online

Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

IN light of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the need to observe social distancing as a means of containing the spread, chief executive officer of the Real Estate Board and Commission of Strata Corporations Sandra Garrick is advising the public to utilise the entity's online... Read More

Around the Caribbean...Around the Caribbean...Around the Caribbean

Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

Guyana records second death from COVID-19 Read More

Speedy action needed for economic reform amidst COVID-19-OECD

BY KELLARAY MILES Business reporter milesk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak already bringing considerable suffering and major economic disruptions across the world, there is the view that only swift and decisive actions by governments and their nationals will help countries overcome the disease and its... Read More

E-signatures and e-contracts in the 'working remotely' age

with KERRY ANNE MAYNE | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

Globally, many brick and mortar enterprises are shutting their physical office doors due to the outbreak of COVID-19. This has forced employees of these businesses to transition to the new norm of working remotely. Similarly, clients and other stakeholders have had to... Read More

The Last Dance looks at Jordan's last title starts

BY TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer | Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

The long-awaited look at Michael Jordan's last championship season with the Chicago Bulls is finally set for release. Read More

From winners to worriers — isolated athletes face mental health risks

Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

Hong Kong , China (AFP) — Fear, stress and money worries: novel coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown is hard for anyone, but athletes are facing extra mental health risks as they go from highly active lifestyles to isolation and boredom, experts... Read More

China's manufacturing rebounds as virus controls ease

Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

BEIJING, China (AP) — China's manufacturing rebounded in March as authorities relaxed anti-disease controls and allowed factories to reopen, an official survey showed yesterday, but an industry group warned the economy has yet to fully recover. Read More

World Bank sees outbreak taking a big toll on Asia's economy

Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank is estimating that the cornavirus outbreak will cause economic growth to slow significantly this year in China and other East Asian-Pacific countries, throwing millions into poverty. Read More

Virus slump expected to rival big recessions in history

Wednesday, April, 1 2020    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) — The coronavirus-related recessions around the world are going to be bad — and for some of the world's major industrial nations the worst that anyone alive has experienced, according to analysts at Deutsche Bank. Read More


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon