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21 people quarantined at hotel offered to Gov't in COVID-19 fight

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has disclosed that 21 people are now quarantined at Carlisle Inn, the 52-room hotel in this resort city that Sandals Resorts International (SRI) offered the Government for use in its response to the COVID-19... Read More

Uncertainty fuels finger-pointing in Portland
CONFUSION rippled through Portland on Tuesday following a disclosure by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) on Monday that a fifth person from the north-eastern parish had tested positive for COVID-19.... Read More

Curfew warning
THE police are warning people granted exemption under the rules governing the islandwide curfew now in effect that they must have proper identifications during the time the country is on shutdown.... Read More

Boris Johnson out of intensive care
LONDON, England (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved out of intensive care Thursday at the London hospital where he is being treated for the new coronavirus, as his Government told Britons to prepare for several more weeks in lockdown.... Read More


BY KIMONE FRANCIS Senior staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April, 10 2020    

WHEN 84-year-old Solomon McFarlane developed pneumonia after testing positive for the deadly COVID-19 his family was preparing for the worst. Read More

Hellshire fishermen hit hard as COVID-19 stalls sales

BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-Large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April, 10 2020    

FOR fishermen at Hellshire Fishing Beach in St Catherine, the Easter period is one of their best in terms of earnings as Jamaicans look forward to having fish at this time of year. Read More

Calm amidst COVID

BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April, 10 2020    

Caribbean Cement Company is striving to ensure that it does not have to lay off any of its more than 500 direct and indirect employees during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, even as it imposes several new measures to keep staff safe. Read More

This Day in History — April 10

Friday, April, 10 2020    

Today is the 101st day of 2020. There are 265 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1912: The luxury liner Titanic sets sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage. OTHER EVENTS Read More

Experts say no to antimalarial drug to treat COVID-19

Friday, April, 10 2020    

JAMAICA will not be using the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, to treat persons who have contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19), says Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie. Read More

Health ministry keeps COVID-19 spending within budget

Friday, April, 10 2020    

THE Government has, up to April 6, spent $700 million less than the budgeted amount to fight COVID-19, through the National Health Fund (NHF) Project/Novel Corona Virus Project. Read More

EU donates 29 ventilators to Jamaica

Friday, April, 10 2020    

The Government Wednesday received 29 ventilators valued at approximately €1 million (approximately $149 million) from the European Union (EU) to support patients who need intensive care in hospitals and to treat people infected with the novel coronavirus disease... Read More

Jail time unlikely for those who fail to report

Friday, April, 10 2020    

SINCE Prime Minister Andrew Holness's warning that thousands of people who have failed to report to the health ministry after arriving in the island on or after March 18 will be found and charged, there have been calls on social media for those individuals to be thrown in... Read More

COVID throws 16.8 m Americans out of work

Friday, April, 10 2020    

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — A staggering 16.8 million Americans have been thrown onto the unemployment rolls in just three weeks, underscoring the terrifying speed with which the coronavirus outbreak has brought world economies to their knees. Read More

Today's Horoscope — April 10, 2020

Friday, April, 10 2020    

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, April 10, 2020: This year, you will feel a higher energy level and responsibilities will be easier to cope with. This indicates overall happiness and appreciation from those you care for. There will be chances to get ahead financially. If single, relationships are... 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


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