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COVID-19 demand makes lupus drug scarce

An increasing number of doctors are prescribing a drug used to treat lupus and other autoimmune conditions to anyone demanding the medication, has led to a shortage, triggering concern within the medical fraternity. Read More

Levy, SVL taking BGLC to court over lottery licence
Deputy chairman of Supreme Ventures Ltd (SVL), Ian Kent Levy has filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking a stay of proceedings, or alternatively, an injunction to prevent the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) from going ahead with plans to grant another gaming...... Read More

ENT doctors timid in face of COVID-19
FRONT line medical staff across the island have expressed their personal fears as they put on a brave face in the battle against coronavirus, but for ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists the inhibitions are greater.... Read More

Just keep moving: Lunges
IT'S week three of our fitness feature with Sagicor Wellness Ambassador Shani McGraham Shirley, and we hope you've been enjoying the exercises and incorporating them in your work-out routine.... Read More

Handling COVID-19 stress without smoking, drug use

Sunday, April, 5 2020    

THE National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) is urging Jamaicans to pay keen attention to relatives and friends who may struggle with smoking, alcohol and other problematic drug use, as they may be at greater risk for developing complications if they contract the new... Read More

For some Christians, Easter is dead; not so, says church leader

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Senior staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April, 5 2020    

AS cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to rise locally and restrictions on movement intensify, preparations for Easter celebrations have seemingly been shelved. Read More

What not to do while on COVID-19 lockdown

BY FITZ-GEORGE RATTRAY | Sunday, April, 5 2020    

MOST people are completely aware that they should practise physical social distancing at all times, proper hand hygiene and never touch their face with unwashed hands in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Panton slaps attorneys who give clients impression they know how court will rule

Sunday, April, 5 2020    

Distinguished retired jurist Seymour Panton has slapped attorneys who give their clients the impression that they can predict the outcome of cases when a court reserves its decision. Read More

World's virus toll tops 60,000 as mask debate rages

Sunday, April, 5 2020    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The global death toll in the coronavirus crisis soared past 60,000 yesterday as calls grew for citizens to wear face masks to halt the pandemic's devastating spread. Read More


BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April, 5 2020    

T he head of the 148-strong Cuban medical team that arrived here two weeks ago to help with Jamaica's novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) fight, wants Jamaicans to believe in the contingent that he says will do its best to give this nation's citizens... Read More

Despite COVID-19, sugar workers flood Golden Grove Estate for money

BY SHARLENE HENDRICKS Staff reporter hendrickss@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April, 5 2020    

Tempers flared at Golden Grove Sugar Estate in Duckenfield, St Thomas, on Friday where scores had gathered in spite of the COVID-19 crowd restriction, after it was announced that money allocated by the Government would be disbursed to workers who lost their jobs when the factory closed... Read More

Masking amid COVID-19 Not totally harmless, CMO warns

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Associate editor — news and health richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April, 5 2020    

WHILE many are advocating for the routine wearing of masks as COVID-19 cases balloon worldwide, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has said, except for select groups, that decision is at the discretion of the public. Read More

How the homeless survive with COVID-19 on the loose

BY SHARLENE HENDRICKS Staff reporter hendrickss@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April, 5 2020    

Donald Atkins was in remarkably good spirits although he had just spent the night sleeping out on the street in a city under curfew. Read More

How they feel on Observer's WhatsApp & info line

Sunday, April, 5 2020    

JAMAICANS at home and abroad have been sharing their views and concerns via our newly launched WhatsApp info and tip line. One woman called from New York yesterday morning asking if there was any word on when incoming flights would be resumed. She longs to see her child who is here in... Read More

Child agency welcomes Supreme Ventures donation

Sunday, April, 5 2020    

Head of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) Rosalee Gage-Gray says the $1 million donated by the Supreme Ventures Foundation to create a special medical contingency fund for children in State care will go a long way in the organisation's preparations in light of the... Read More


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