Tag: covid-19

Jamaica

Jamaica’s COVID-19 Death Count Continues Upward Trend

The Ministry of Health & Wellness has reported 26 new deaths associated with COVID-19. This brings overall deaths since the start of the pandemic in Jamaica to 1,619. There were also 687 new confirmed cases on Saturday, pushing the overall tally to 71,344. St. Elizabeth accounted for the highest number of deaths in the new report, with nine. Westmoreland and […]

Health

Barbados Begins COVID-19 Vaccination For Children

Children in Barbados between the ages of 12 and 18 years old began receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Friday. Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw said the vaccine will be available at seven sites. Miss Bradshaw said the government made the decision to inoculate pre-teens and teens following consultations with stakeholders. She also acknowledged that not everyone would want to […]

Jamaica

More Jamaicans Get Vaccinated Amid A Rise In COVID-19 Cases

More than 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Jamaica since the inoculation program started in March. Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said Jamaica is on track to meet the target of 700,000 vaccinations by the end of September. Meanwhile, the country hit a new record high for COVID-19 cases in a 24-hour period on the weekend. […]

Jamaica

Prime Minister Urges More Jamaicans To Get Vaccinated Against Covid-19

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness is again urging all eligible Jamaicans to take the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, noting that most of the infected persons now hospitalized are unvaccinated. “The unquestioned fact is that 99 percent of those persons who are occupying those 700 beds …in hospitals, were not vaccinated,” he noted. Mr. Holness said the science suggests that […]

Jamaica

Prime Minister Urges More Jamaicans To Get Vaccinated Against Covid-19

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness is again urging all eligible Jamaicans to take the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, noting that most of the infected persons now hospitalized are unvaccinated. “The unquestioned fact is that 99 percent of those persons who are occupying those 700 beds …in hospitals, were not vaccinated,” he noted. Mr. Holness said the science suggests that […]

Jamaica

COVID-19 Deaths And Infections Continue To Plague Jamaica

Jamaica on Saturday recorded 551 new COVID-19 infections and 17 more deaths from the virus. A total of 1388 people have now died from the disease. The Ministry of Health & Wellness said the positivity rate from Saturday’s tests is 44.1 percent. There are 573 patients in hospitals. Among them, 82 are classified as severely ill and 56 critically ill. […]

BUSINESS

Vanguard Doles Out Cash To Workers Who Get Vaccinated

Vanguard’s workers are set to receive $1,000 if they get vaccinated. The top U.S. investment firm will make the payout to staff once they proved that they have been jabbed by October. Staff would still qualify if they were inoculated before the company made its offer. The move by Vanguard comes against the backdrop of the new Delta variant and […]

Jamaica

Jamaica’s Health Care Workers Face Mounting Pressure

In Jamaica, pressure is now mounting on health care workers amid a huge surge in COVID-19 cases. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dunstan Bryan has confirmed that all major hospitals are at or significantly above capacity, with COVID-19 cases. Bryan noted in a report that the situation is becoming untenable. The Ministry is now recalling hospital staff who are […]

Jamaica

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Maintains Positive Outlook

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says the investment climate remains positive despite the sector being impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mr. Bartlett said the level of multibillion-dollar investment projects that are now underway or programmed for implementation over the next two years is indicative of investors’ vote of confidence in Jamaica. He said that among the projects completed in 2020 […]

POLITICS

Judge’s Rule Pokes “Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s In The Eye”

Contrary to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) law that prevents “vaccine passports” from being utilized in the state, a judge has ruled that Norwegian Cruise Line is permitted to ask customers to show proof of vaccination before boarding a ship. According to press reports, U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams in the Southern District of Florida said that the state law […]