Tag: covid-19


Dr. Marcia Graham Says Get Vaccinated

At a recent meeting, one of Jamaica’s medical officer made an appeal for Jamaicans to take the COVID-19 shot as many unvaccinated persons are still being impacted negatively and hospitalized with the illness. “Since February 1, we have had 10 suspected deaths that we will be investigating as possibly being COVID-19-related. We continue to have unvaccinated adults being admitted to […]


Latin American And Caribbean – Receive Over 1.3 Billion Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines

More than 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Latin American and Caribbean member countries in less than two years. PAHO Director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr., said the doses have enabled the region to achieve approximately 71 percent coverage against the virus. “This is not a small feat. The Americas […]


Tourism Continues To Drive Post-COVID 19 Recovery

Jamaica’s tourism industry continues to figure consistently in Jamaica’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery. Data from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) shows that the ‘Hotels and Restaurants’ sub-group, which largely captures tourism-related activities, grew by an estimated 23.4 percent for the October to December 2022 quarter on the back of several positive outcomes. Speaking during the PIOJ’s quarterly media briefing on […]


WHO’s Tedros: Finding COVID-19 Origins Is Moral Imperative

According to press reports, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that discovering the origins of COVID-19 is a moral imperative, and all hypotheses must be explored. The head of the World Health Organization has indicated in the clearest possible term yet that the U.N. body remains committed to finding how the virus arose. The Wall Street Journal reported a U.S. agency had […]


China Sets Growth Rate At 5%

The Chinese government set its 2023 growth target for its economy at around 5%, according to a government work report released at the opening of the country’s annual meeting of parliament on Sunday, as the world’s second-biggest economy began to emerge from three years of severe COVID-19 restrictions. That compares with its 2022 target of around 5.5%. The Chinese economy […]


Trinidad & Tobago’s Prime Minister — Bacchanal Still On

Trinidad & Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, announced yesterday that carnival is still on despite rising COVID-19 cases. He says the government does not intend to institute any additional restrictions and has called for greater responsibility among the population with the new sub-variant in circulation and daily cases forecasted to reach the “high hundreds” within the next two weeks […]


Economy Grew 5.2 Percent For January To September

Jamaica’s economy is estimated to have grown by 5.2 percent for the first nine months of 2022, from January to September. Director General, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wayne Henry, said the growth reflects positive performance for the Services industry, up 6.7 percent, and the Goods Producing Industry, up 0.6 percent. He pointed out that all industries, except ‘Mining, […]


China Arrests BBC Journalist Covering COVID Protests

LONDON — The BBC has said one of its journalists in China was arrested and beaten by police while covering protests on Sunday against the country’s zero-COVID policy. Hundreds of people took to the streets in China’s major cities on Sunday in a rare outpouring of public anger against the state. “The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our […]


Jamaica Recovers from COVID-19 Downturn in All Major Tourism Markets

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica has recovered from its COVID-19 downturn in all major markets to where a record 283,000 airline seats are now expected out of Canada for the upcoming winter tourist season. Mr. Bartlett, who is currently in Canada meeting with travel partners and other tourism interests, said it is an “amazing” reversal of fortune […]


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 […]