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All-rounder Shepherd replaced by Harding after positive COVID test

Saturday, January, 9 2021    

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Exciting fast-bowling all-rounder Romario Shepherd has tested positive for COVID-19, and has been replaced in the West Indies one-day squad for Bangladesh by uncapped pacer Keon Harding. Read More

Tokyo Olympics 'safe and secure' despite virus emergency — organisers

Saturday, January, 9 2021    

Tokyo, Japan (AFP) — Tokyo Olympics organisers insisted yesterday that the novel coronavirus-postponed Games will still go ahead despite Japan declaring a state of emergency less than 200 days before the opening ceremony. Read More

Brisbane virus lockdown raises concerns over cricket Test

Saturday, January, 9 2021    

Sydney, Australia (AFP) — Brisbane's snap coronavirus lockdown raised fresh concerns over the final cricket Test yesterday as India insisted they should avoid quarantine in the Australian city. Read More

Gov't says measures in place to prevent people from UK entering country

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 8 2021    

THE Government believes it has sufficient measures in place to prevent persons entering the island from the United Kingdom (UK), via transit ports, while the present travel ban is in place. Read More

The scary coverage of a general election during a pandemic

BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-Large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 8 2021    

This is the first in a series by our reporters on how they covered the news during the coronavirus pandemic.  Read More

Munro College implements strict regime for boarders

BY KASEY WILLIAMS Staff reporter kaseyw@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 8 2021    

POTSDAM, St Elizabeth — Munro College has advanced plans to accommodate students for boarding as the institution prepares to resume face-to-face classes with fewer student next Monday when it officially reopens. Read More

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



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