Tag: covid-19


Jamaica’s COVID-19 Death Toll Now 3,283

Six more COVID-19 related deaths have been confirmed in Jamaica, bringing the country’s death toll since the start of the pandemic to 3,283. The health authorities also confirmed 73 more cases of the disease on Friday. These cases were detected in 528 samples, for an infection rate of 14.2 percent. The Ministry of Health & Wellness has reported that there […]


Antigua And Barbuda Set To End COVID-19 Quarantine

According to press reports, the Antigua and Barbuda government is seeking to drop the COVID-19 quarantine protocol. This comes against the backdrop of a significant decrease in the coronavirus pandemic spread. The country is said to have achieved some level of herd immunity early this year after more than 60 percent of the population became vaccinated. At last week’s post-Cabinet press briefing, […]


Jamaica Sees Slight Increase In COVID-19 Hospitalization

There was a slight increase in the number of persons hospitalized with COVID-19 on Saturday, with 118 patients admitted, up from 113 on Friday.  Four of the patients are severely ill and one critically ill. The Ministry of Health & Wellness confirmed 87 new cases from 700 samples on Saturday, resulting in an infection rate of 18 percent.   No new […]


ASEAN-9 Summit Includes Plea For Peace In South China Sea

PHNOM PENH — Foreign ministers of nine Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members wrapped up their annual summit Saturday with a plea for peace in the South China Sea, warnings to Myanmar’s junta and plans to bolster COVID-19-injured economies. Prak Sokhonn, the Cambodian foreign minister and host of this year’s summit, was blunt in his assessment of the weeklong meetings, […]


President Biden COVID-19 Positive Again

President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on the weekend, three days after a negative test allowed him to resume work as usual from the Oval Office. The presidential physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, wrote in a memo that the antigen test represents a “rebound” case of the coronavirus. He attributed it to the Paxlovid treatment Biden was prescribed; the […]


Jamaica’s COVID Infection Rate At 23.5%

The Ministry of Health & Wellness has reported 152 new COVID-19 cases, detected from 589 tested on Friday. That constitutes an infection rate of 23.5 percent. No new death was reported. There are currently 100 COVID-19 patients in hospital. One of them is deemed to be in critical condition, and 10 are severely ill. Support The Readers Bureau Buy A […]


Doctor: Biden Likely Has Highly Contagious COVID-19 Strain

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden likely contracted a highly contagious variant of the coronavirus spreading rapidly through the United States and now has body aches and a sore throat since his positive test, according to an update from his doctor on Saturday. The variant, known as BA.5, is an offshoot of the omicron strain that emerged late last […]


Jamaica — COVID-19 Positivity Rate Remains High

Jamaica recorded 140 cases of COVID-19 from the testing of 696 samples on Thursday. The positivity rate is 20 percent. Two more persons in Jamaica have died from COVID-19. The fatalities occurred in January and this month. Ninety-two COVID-19 patients are hospitalized. Seven of them are severely ill, and two critically ill. Support The Readers Bureau Buy A T-Shirt Today […]


FDA Approves COVID-19 Vaccine For Infants, Preschoolers

U.S. regulators on Friday authorized the first COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers, paving the way for vaccinations to begin next week. The Food and Drug Administration’s action follows its advisory panel’s unanimous recommendation for the shots from Moderna and Pfizer.  Children under five are eligible for the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must now provide […]


WTO Passes Agreement To Waive Patents For Covid Vaccines

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has passed agreements for the waiving of patents for COVID-19 vaccines. Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala previously said it was necessary to end the “morally unacceptable” inequity of access to Covid-19 vaccines. The group of 164 countries spent five days at a conference in Geneva negotiating deals that included pledges on health and food security. The partial […]