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IMF: Jamaica Gets $520 Million To Cushion Economic Fallout

Recently, Dr. Manuela Goretti, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Mission Chief for Jamaica, said that the government would have access to a sum of US$520 million approved by the Fund’s Executive Board. The money is being disbursed under the IMF’s Rapid Financing Instrument. Minister of Finance, Dr. Nigel Clarke, wrote to the IMF on April 15, requesting access to the […]

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Jamaica’s Tally Of COVID-19 Cases Rise To 550

As Jamaica ramped up testing, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 550. At the same time, recoveries hit the 200-mark resulting in a 36 percent recovery rate. Also, in the last 24 hours, another six confirmed cases of COVID-19, was reported. Five (5) of the six (6) new cases are from among the repatriated Jamaicans […]

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Dr. Freddie Hickling Dead At 75

Photo credit: Jamaica Observer Professor Emeritus Dr. Frederick “Freddie” Hickling, one of Jamaica’s noted psychiatrists is dead at 75. Dr. Hickling was a former head of the University of the West Indies (UWI Mona) Psychiatry Department and was also the executive director of the Caribbean Institute of Mental Health.  “Our family bids him farewell with our prayers and to the […]

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Jamaica Gets Delisted From U.S. Trade Watch List

Jamaica has been removed after decades of being on the United States Trade Representative watch list, according to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries. The ministry’s statement follows disclosure by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in Washington during its annual meeting on the Special 301 Report, which identifies trading partners that do not adequately […]

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Jamaica Ranks Sixth On Global Press Freedom Index

Jamaica jumped two places on the Global Press Freedom Index and now ranks sixth among 180 countries that most respect freedom of information.  Published annually by Reporters Without Borders, a non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Paris, the index evaluates the level of freedom available to the media throughout the world. Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, pointed to […]

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Jamaica: 471 COVID-19 Cases In Latest Update

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, announced at a virtual press conference that two additional new coronavirus cases have pushed Jamaica’s total to 471. “This brings the total to 471 confirmed cases on the island. The two new cases are one male, age 12, from St. Catherine and one female, 20, from the parish of Clarendon. Both are […]

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Jamaica’s COVID-19 Cases Keep Rising — 422

The Ministry of Health & Wellness’ National Surveillance Unit has announced in their latest update that 26 samples tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. This has pushed the total number of confirmed cases in the island to 422. Jamaica has also recorded its 8th COVID-19-related death. The deceased is a 63-year-old female from St. Catherine, who was […]

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Jamaica’s P.M. Names COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, has announced the establishment of a Cabinet-approved multi-sectoral Task Force to oversee Jamaica’s economic recovery from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Speaking at a digital media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Monday (April 27), Mr. Holness said the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force will be chaired by Minister of Finance and the Public […]

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Jamaica COVID-19 Cases Now Stand At 364

Jamaica now has 364 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, confirmed at a digital press conference at Jamaica House, on Monday (April 27). “This means 16 additional cases in the last 24 hours. One hundred and forty-three or 39 percent confirmed cases are males; 241 or 61 percent are females, while the ages of all […]

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Jamaica COVID-19 Cases Now At 350

Jamaica’s Coronavirus cases have now galloped to 350. The Ministry of Health & Wellness in a report has confirmed that 45 additional people had tested positive for the virus in its latest update. On Saturday there was a jump of 17 cases, from 288 to 305. Another jump on Sunday of 45 confirmed cases made it the largest single-day increase […]