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Jamaica — Rise In COVID-19 Cases Takes Its Toll

One Year Old Among New Cases A one-year-old child is among sixteen new cases of coronavirus in Jamaica. The Health Ministry says two of the new cases are imported, having arrived on flights from the U.S. this month. As at Monday (August 17), 16 new samples have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica […]

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Jamaican Dollar Slides To Record Low

The Jamaican dollar continues to slide against major currencies, hitting a record low against the U.S. currency. At the end of trading, the U.S. dollar was selling for $150.01 against the local currency. Since the start of July, the dollar has lost seven percent of its value. The Canadian dollar closed at $113.97. The Pound is going for $196.11, while […]

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Jamaica’s Tourism Projects Still On Tract

According to the Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, 90 percent of planned investments set for the tourism industry is still on stream, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister made his remarks while speaking at the official opening of the $253-million rehabilitated Guava Ridge to Content Gap road in East Rural St. Andrew. Mr. Bartlett said increasing hotel […]

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Jamaica’s COVID-19 Cases Trending Upwards

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness has reported a 13th death from COVID-19.  The latest death is that of an 88-year-old woman from Clarendon, who was admitted to a public health facility in the parish on Tuesday, August 4. It also announced that 29 new samples have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed cases for […]

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Minister — Increase In COVID-19 Cases Cause For Concern

According to Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, the recent spike in coronavirus cases places Jamaica in a spot of bother and is cause for concern. The country, in its latest update, reported a total of 920 cases. Meantime, the hospitalization figure has risen to 44, an increase of 26% between two days. The number of COVID-19 deaths has now moved […]

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Jamaica — 120 New Doctors Hired

Following a public outcry from members of the medical fraternity, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, has announced that 120 new doctors are to be hired in the public sector. In the press, it was recently reported that many interns were sitting at home unemployed because of budgetary constraints by the government. The situation was viewed as alarming, […]

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Government Set To Spend $567.18 Million In Schools Infrastructural Projects

Jamaica’s Government is set to spend $567.18 million to carry out infrastructural projects within schools for the 2020/21 period. This move follows a 60 percent reduction from the initial allocation of $1.42 billion allocated in the 2020/21 Budget for the Ministry’s capital projects. The drastic cut in budgetary allocation is attributed to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Minister […]

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Professor Shepherd — Make History Compulsory In School

Historian and Director of the Centre for Reparation Research at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Professor Verene Shepherd, has called for the teaching of history to be made compulsory in school. Professor Shepherd posited the view as Jamaica seeks to mark 182 years since Emancipation on August 1. “We must teach the children the truth and to […]

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Jamaica — Covid-19 Cases Continue To Climb

In its latest update, Jamaica recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases bringing their total number of confirmed positives for the island to 878. The newly confirmed cases are comprised of six (6) females and eight (8) males, with ages ranging from four (4) months to 61 years and addresses in Kingston and St. Andrew (7), Clarendon (2), St. James (2), St. […]

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Dunn’s River Falls Regains Life After COVID-19 Closure

The world-renowned Dunn’s River Falls and theme park in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, has seen an increase in the arrival of visitors since its reopening to the public. The popular tourist attraction was closed over a four-months due to the coronavirus pandemic.   Park Manager Michelle Sawyers commended her team for the work they had put in during the period […]