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    6 parishes, 300 people - Contact with coronavirus patients spirals as Jamaica........



    The Ministry of Health is tracking between 200 and 300 persons who potentially came in contact with novel coronavirus patients across six parishes: Kingston, St Andrew, St Thomas, Clarendon, St James, and St Ann.

    This revelation was made moments after the Government announced a lockdown of communities in Seven Miles and Eight Miles, Bull Bay, bordering St Andrew and St Thomas. The effective quarantine of the mainly coastal neighbourhoods activates legislation with sweeping and extraordinary powers to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, where Patient Zero, a Jamaican from the United Kingdom, who tested positive for COVID-19, resided for a while.

    The area will be quarantined for two weeks. Currently, the Government has announced a total of eight persons who have been tested positive for the virus.

    At the same time, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared Jamaica a disaster area under the Disaster Risk Management Act Declaration of Disaster Area Order 2020, following information received from Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie that the country was threatened by the novel coronavirus.

    The announcement came yesterday at Jamaica House where a press conference was called to update the nation on the measures being taken by the Government to contain the spread of the contagious virus.

    The order now gives the Government authority to take strong measures such as the Bull Bay quarantine.
    EIGHT SYMPTOMATIC

    Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie said yesterday that contact tracing has detected more than 30 people in the community who have had direct and close contact with Patient Zero. Of the 30, some eight are symptomatic at this time.

    The health minister said that a medical team determined that based on information available and the fact that eight persons were experiencing symptoms, there was community exposure which required the raising of the risk level to a community transmission potential.

    “In other words, there were a number of persons who were showing signs and symptoms that suggested that they were ill or are becoming ill and that it could be related to that original individual,” Tufton explained.

    The implications of the quarantine of the entire community meant that the security forces would effectively restrict movement into and out of the community.

    The prime minister said that the health ministry has made provisions to supply food packages and water, as well as medicine, to residents, where necessary.

    “We are not treating this as a curfew. I want the citizens there to feel that the State is imposing a security cordon on them. It is for their own benefit as well as the rest of Jamaica’s benefit,” he said.

    Drawing on the Public Health Act, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte said that the legislation gives the authorities the right of entry to any private premises to take action considered necessary in the interest of public health.

    “This means that if there is suspicion that something is happening in your private places, the minister may authorise entry to investigate. It requires no warrant; it does not need your permission because the step is being taken to prevent the spread of the disease,” Malahoo Forte said.

    She disclosed that the health minister was also making additional regulations in relation to the treatment and prevention of this communicable disease, which might give effect to the isolation of patients, and the disinfecting and destroying, if necessary, of buildings where infected persons reside.

    “If it’s a stall, if it’s anything; if the powers and the assessment require destruction, the minister is authorised under law to do so,” she said.
    Security forces deployed

    Members of the Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Constabulary Force have been deployed to the communities and will be managing intersections and access points.

    Chief of staff of the JDF, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, explained that while strict restrictions would be in place where persons have “legitimate reasons to be moving in and out, in such cases, appropriate records would be kept, guided by the Ministry of Health, as to what profile of persons may be allowed to enter and exit”.

    In an interview with Bisasor-McKenzie following the press conference, the CMO disclosed that a number of persons from Clarendon were now in quarantine after coming into contact with a man from the same residence who himself was now under quarantine.

    “We have several homes within that yard and we have made contact with all those persons. We have identified some symptomatic persons; we have taken those and put them in isolation and the rest of them are being home-quarantined,” she said.

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    6 MORE CASES - Father of Patient 0 among at least two local transmissions as COVID starts to spread

    Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness last night confirmed six new cases of the novel coronavirus, including its first evidence of local transmission.

    The cases, which bring to eight the number of confirmed cases here, include two men, aged 63 and 67, who came into the island on March 7 from Trinidad, having travelled from Malaysia by way of Dubai and London. They presented at hospital on March 11, the ministry said.

    Another man aged 36 who travelled from Manchester, England. was taken to hospital from his hotel via ambulance on March 11. A 31-year-old Jamaican overseas ship worker, who came in from the Canary Islands via Portugal and Miami, arrived in the island on February 25 and presented to hospital with symptoms on March 10.

    The 58-year-old father of the first confirmed COVID-11 person, the so-called Patient 0, was discovered at home on March 11. And another woman, 34, a close contact with Patient 0, is also positive.

    The local retail and distribution trade has given the assurance that it has up to three months’ supply of basic foods and other essentials in storage, the Jamaican Government has announced.

    The declaration comes amid rising concern about the impact of the novel coronavirus, which has triggered a shutdown of Jamaica’s public-school system and other educational institutions and “panic-buying” of food and sanitising agents.

    “There is no need to panic. Inventories remain strong,” said Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke, echoing the message the Holness administration sought to convey during separate Jamaica House press conferences yesterday.

    Andrew Holness, the prime minister, announced that starting today, all early childhood institutions, primary and high schools, the HEART Trust/National Service Agency, and the HOPE training programme will be closed for 14 days “in the first instance”. The closures will be reviewed after 10 days and a decision taken on whether they will be extended.

    The shutdown has triggered a review of the schedule for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams. Dr Grace McLean, permanent secretary in the education ministry, told journalists that the ministry has the capacity to postpone the assessment and to “make a determination later, depending on the number of days the students are going to be out”.

    “We are committed, however, to ensuring that whatever happens, that the students will get an opportunity to sit [the exam], and in cases where they are not able to sit all three sets of papers … we have their grade five assessments, and that can be utilised in this specific case.”

    Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith announced, too, that the Jamaican consulate general in New York City would be closed for five days, starting Monday. The office serves the largest diaspora community in the United States.

    The consular section of the Jamaican missions in Washington, DC, and London in the United Kingdom, will also be closed next week, Johnson Smith said.

    “The Government will monitor the situation and determine whether it should be extended,” she disclosed.

    “This is a precautionary measure to protect persons from spreading the coronavirus by limiting [Jamaican] nationals having to gather for access to services and to transit to our relevant missions.”

    Johnson Smith said that overseas employees have been alerted to the Government’s restriction on travel and urged Jamaicans in the diaspora to postpone non-essential travel to the homeland.

    “All staff have been advised that no travel will be approved at this time for non-essential purposes until further notice,” she said.

    Junior Minister for Industry and Commerce Floyd Green said the Government was aware that there has been some “panic-buying” of sanitising agents.

    However, Green gave the assurance that there are sufficient materials in the island to make sanitisers and said the two local producers have indicated that they would be increasing production. “They have committed to go from an eight-hour workday to a 12-hour workday so that they can have enough out there,” he told journalists.

    He noted also that sufficient alternatives such as bleach and anti-bacterial soaps were readily available and said that the Consumer Affairs Commission would be directed to “put out some of these alternatives to the marketplace”.

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    CWI suspends regional cricket season as COVID-19 cases mount

    KINGSTON, Jamaica— Cricket West Indies (CWI) says it has taken the decision to suspend all CWI tournaments and face-to-face group meetings, from Monday March 16, for a minimum of 30 days.

    According to a CWI report, its Chief Medical Officer, Dr Israel Dowlat, stated that “the health and safety of our players, officials and staff, are of paramount importance to CWI and we have advised the Board of Directors to take proactive policy steps to decrease the growing risk of contamination and spread of the virus”.

    According to the CWI report, the following tournaments have been suspended:

    Final two rounds of the West indies Championship – 26th to 29th March and 2nd – 5th April
    The Women's CMI Super 50 Cup, Guyana – 27th March to 12th April
    Regional Under 15s Boys Championship, Antigua – 9th to 20th April
    Regional Under 19s Girls Championship, Trinidad – 6th to 12th April

    CWI added that the Board of Directors' meeting – scheduled for Antigua 17th & 18th April and the Annual General Meeting – scheduled for Antigua 19th April will be postponed, with all urgent CWI Board matters to be addressed via teleconference.

    CWI is also advising all territorial boards and local cricket associations to follow the advice of their respective Ministries of Health.

    COVID-19 cases have been reported in Jamaica, Antigua, Trinidad, and Guyana.


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    The police and military have been deployed to Seven Miles and Eight Miles in St. Andrew as efforts are made to prevent local transmission of the coronavirus.

    Prime Minster Andrew Holness yesterday announced that the area has been placed under quarantine for 14 days in keeping with the provisions of the Disaster Risk Management Act.

    Patient Zero - the first person confirmed with the coronavirus in Jamaica, stayed in the community prior to being diagnosed.

    With the area under quarantine, there will restrictions on persons entering and leaving and residents have been assured that they will be provided with supplies.

    Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton, says some persons in the community have displayed symptoms of coronavirus.

    “The medical team and the chief medical officer led that process and determined that based on all the Information that we have - persons experiencing symptoms, there has been some amount of community exposure sufficient to raise the risk level to a community transmission potential. In other words there are a number of persons showing signs and symptoms that suggest that they are ill or becoming ill and it could be related to that individual,” he said.

    Jamaica has recorded eight cases of the coronavirus of which two were locally transmitted.

    Yesterday the Prime Minister said the country should be prepared for an increase in coronavirus cases in coming days.

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    The popular Coronation Market on a Saturday is usually a bustling labyrinth of handcart-vendors, tarpaulins and anxious shoppers. But yesterday it was a shadow of itself, as Jamaicans respond to the threat of COVID-19.

    More vendors than shoppers and more goods than places to put them – the concerns were many after the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) announced it would be closing the market early Saturday for extensive sanitation exercises in the wake of the novel coronavirus now confirmed on the island.

    The vendors said they had purchased more goods to meet an expected increased demand for food last weekend, but noted that with less than usual customers and a shortened vending time, they had no place to put stock and no one to buy.

    “Closing the market is good, but there are a lot of people who came in here and never knew about this. What are we going to do? Where are we going to sell?” lamented one vendor.

    “There is nowhere else to go. Instead of just closing the market, they should have put some facility in place for us to sell. People come in from Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning… right now, closing the market by six o’clock is going to be chaos.”

    Other vendors admitted that the market was overrun by rats and other pests and that the bathrooms were in dire need of cleaning. They said, however, the move by the KSAMC seemed hasty and poorly planned and that little thought was given to the vendors.

    Yesterday afternoon, KSAMC Town Clerk Robert Hill said the market would be closed from 6 p.m. to sometime this Wednesday. In regard to the vendors’ concerns, he offered only: “the market manager is addressing same.”

    In the meantime, vendors and shoppers who came out wore dust masks and surgical gloves with the hope of keeping the respiratory virus at bay. Others stifled coughs and sneezes, while some exchanged cash cautiously.
    GHOST TOWNS

    The Coronation Market, supermarkets, wholesales and disinfectant companies were the busiest yesterday, in contrast to islandwide reports of everywhere else being practically deserted, as the coronavirus fear gripped the nation.

    Businesses remained shuttered along many of the major thoroughfares, the latest among them the Palace Amusement Company, which yesterday said its cinema outlets would be closed with immediate effect.

    Small businesses, especially, are expected to feel the brunt of the fallout from this public-health crisis, as persons were now only doing essential spending.

    The Transport Operators Development Sustainability Services (TODSS) also instructed its members to withdraw service.

    The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) said it will be engaging with relevant government ministries, the Jamaica Employers’ Federation and the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica about flexi-week and sick-leave policies.

    “The PSOJ is committed to being a part of the proactive measures to manage COVID-19 and is encouraging a non-partisan national effort to successfully minimise the impact of this global pandemic on Jamaica’s people, business and economy,” it said.

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    The Ministries of Health Tourism, Culture and Entertainment have decided to postpone the staging of Carnival in Jamaica 2020 Road Marches to October.

    All costumes and T-shirts purchased for any of the events which were to be held in April will be valid for the October staging.

    Carnival in Jamaica's Road Parade with bands Bacchanal Jamaica, Xaymaca International, and Xodus Carnival will be on Sunday, October 25.

    The Ocho Rios Carnival Road Parade as well as the Downtown Kingston Carnival Parade will be on National Heroes' Day, Monday, October 19.

    Discussions have also taken place with hotels and airline partners to waive change fees for rebooking to October.

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    No Jamaicans In China Have Contracted COVID-19

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    Written by: Tanesha Mundle

    Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, is reporting that all of the 589 registered Jamaican nationals scattered across China are healthy and have not contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19).

    She noted that included are persons in Wuhan, where the virus started.

    The Minister said that, currently, there are 260 students studying in China on government and private scholarships, as well as on exchange programmes, and 273 workers and 56 dependents. Of that amount, 28 are staying in Wuhan.

    “We continue to give thanks that we have not been made aware of any Jamaicans in China infected by the virus,” she said at a press conference on Thursday (March 12) at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kingston.

    She said that the Government, with the assistance of the embassy staff and the executive of the Jamaican Association in China, were able to coordinate requests for support and to provide assistance to the Jamaicans.

    “This varied from outreach to financial institutions to have late fees waived, including the Student Loan Bureau, to the provision of care packages to those in the epicentre in Wuhan, who were under lockdown,” she noted.

    The packages contained emergency supplies such as masks, gloves, disinfectant, sprays, and hand sanitisers.

    Senator Johnson Smith noted that through the assistance of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, a small cash allocation was provided to some 220 persons for the purchase of emergency supplies.

    She said that others were able to obtain assistance from the Chinese Government’s Foreign Assistance Offices in Hubei and other provinces, and expressed gratitude on their behalf.

    “Our nationals have exercised patience and endurance under difficult circumstances, so I have to express how proud I am of the many students and professionals, who have exhibited a strong Jamaican spirit of resilience, notwithstanding a time of great challenges and uncertainty,” Minister Johnson Smith said.

    She hailed the Ministry’s staff in Beijing and the Consular team here, as well as the new Jamaican Association in China, chaired by Dr Nicoleen Johnson, for their invaluable support to nationals in China.

    In the meantime, Senator Johnson Smith said that the Ministry is aware that 14 nationals have returned home from China, including seven students, and have cooperated with the public health guidelines.

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    There are Jamaicans in China! Wow! Never knew that! Yah mon.

    The article states that those Jamaicans got a free mask from the Chinese government.

    What gives!

    We Canadians cannot even receive a mask from our own Canadian government!

    Where does our tax money goes?!

    No masks!

    NO! No masks for you!


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    There are Jamaicans in China! Wow! Never knew that! Yah mon.

    The article states that those Jamaicans got a free mask from the Chinese government.

    What gives!

    Us Canadians cannot even receive a mask from our own Canadian government!

    Where does our tax money goes?!

    No masks!

    NO! No masks for you!

    Most people don't know how to use them properly anyways, and will still spread the virus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlemagne View Post
    Not the smartest group of people.
    They are far smarter than you are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polaris View Post
    There are Jamaicans in China! Wow! Never knew that! Yah mon.

    The article states that those Jamaicans got a free mask from the Chinese government.

    What gives!

    We Canadians cannot even receive a mask from our own Canadian government!

    Where does our tax money goes?!

    No masks!

    NO! No masks for you!

    Jamaicans are everywhere you can think of mate. Yes, even in Dubai. Quite a few pilots and engineers out there that I know. Even Israel, Japan, Russia, Slovenia....etc etc. Every where.

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    MONTEGO BAY, St James —The local travel industry has been dealt a severe blow as travel giants TUI has immediately suspended all its flights to Jamiaca, in the wake of travel restrictions imposed by governments worldwide battling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease pandemic.

    “In the meantime, we are taking the steps to organise return flights for the customers who continue their stay in your [Jamaica] hotel(s),” global travel giant, TUI, said in a letter to local partners over the weekend. “It's crucial that we work together closely to minimise the impact on them for the remainder of their holiday.”

    TUI consists of major tour operators, 1,600 travel agencies and leading online portals, five airlines with around 150 aircraft, over 400 hotels, 18 cruise liners, and many incoming agencies in all major holiday destinations around the globe.

    Senior Strategist Delano Seiveright noted that Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and other tourism officials have commenced work with tourism stakeholders to respond to the serious challenges facing the sector from COVID-19.

    “Minister Bartlett and other officials have been in direct contact with owners and executives of tourism businesses including hotels, attractions, ground transportation operators and so on as we begin to work through the huge challenges. TUI's moves is by and large a global one as nations essentially restrict non-essential travel thereby virtually bringing to a halt leisure travel,” Seiveright said.

    He added that TUI operates approximately 10 flights per week between the United Kingdom and Montego Bay and also home ports for cruises in Montego Bay. Over 1.5 million room nights were sold in Jamaica last year alone representing over 70 per cent of tourist traffic between the UK and Jamaica.

    At present, travel restrictions are in place in relation to countries such as China, Italy, South Korea, Singapore, France, Spain, Germany, Iran, and more recently the United Kingdom.

    Only Jamaican citizens, their spouses, children, and people who have Jamaican residency will be allowed entry into Jamaica if they have travelled to any of these countries within 14 days of arriving in Jamaica.

    Upon entry, based on the risk assessment, these persons will be placed in a quarantine facility or home quarantined.

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    Five more confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Jamaica

    Preliminary results of tests conducted on Sunday have confirmed five more cases of the highly contagious coronavirus in Jamaica, bringing the number to 15.

    A news release from the Ministry of Health & Wellness early Monday morning said two of the cases resulted from contact tracing with a confirmed case from the United Kingdom.

    One person has a travel history related to Trinidad & Tobago. This person was on the same flight from Trinidad & Tobago as the previously announced case from that country.

    Another case is an American child with a travel history that includes Miami, Florida.

    The fifth case is from Kingston with no travel history but had visitors from the United Kingdom.




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    The Jamaican Government plans to implement additional measures to stem local transmission of the coronavirus – COVID-19.

    Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton hinted on Sunday night that restrictions on movement of people could be one of the new measures adopted.

    The adjoining communities of Seven Miles and Eight Miles, Bull Bay in St. Andrew are already under quarantine, a measure announced on Friday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

    Dr Tufton told Radio Jamaica News that the additional restrictions will be discussed today (Monday) by Cabinet.

    He revealed that one of the two additional coronavirus cases reported on Sunday was a patient who returned from Trinidad & Tobago after attending carnival, and who visited the Kingston 20 area upon returning to Jamaica.

    He said the process of tracing persons who came in contact with that individual has started.


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    Immigration officers at Jamaica’s airports have intensified their screening of passengers entering the country, which now has 15 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

    Some of the patients travelled from the United Kingdom, United States as well as Trinidad &Tobago.

    Andrew Wynter, Chief Executive Officer of the Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA), addressed the issue on the Morning Agenda on Power 106. He confirmed that the interviewing of passengers has been stepped up.

    “We have to ask more questions, because… passengers are also transiting through countries, so it’s important that you pick up their travel history; you examine their passport,” he explained.

    In the event that any of these passengers have visited one of the banned countries, within a certain time, “those persons are also referred to the public health persons for further checks,” he said.

    Mr Wynter said passengers travelling from countries for which there is no restriction will also go through a screening process.

    He cited the United States of America, which is still not the subject of a Jamaican travel ban: “So, for example, if a charter flight were to come from a state out of the United States (in which) there is no outbreak (of the coronavirus); yes we would monitor that flight; yes we would check the passengers and we would ensure that none of those persons are at risk or had been to a country that was banned.”



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    A friend of mine had a resort booked for Jamaica next week. The resort is begging him to still come, offering upgrades above the upgrades he already was given and offers of $200 spending money. His work already banned travel and if he needed medical attention of any sort he would not be covered. Upon return if he would be required to self isolate he would not get paid. No brainer, everyone is taking a beating.
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    MONTEGO BAY, St James — The local tourism sector is now in a tailspin following news that the Canadian Government has cautioned its citizens against non-essential travel and imposed general limitations in movement in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).


    The World Health Organisation put the number of confirmed cases in Canada at 304 as of 4:00 pm yesterday.


    Last year alone, Jamaica welcomed approximately 400,000 stopover visitors from Canada.
    Senior strategist in the tourism ministry Delano Seiveright described the latest development as a devastating blow.




    “Canada is our second largest market for stopover arrivals, representing roughly 15 per cent of the business. It's a huge blow, but expected given current trends globally which lean towards restriction of non-essential travel,” he told the Jamaica Observer last night. “[Tourism] Minister [Edmund] Bartlett has been in touch with all key stakeholders as we all see the countries around the globe close doors.”


    Meanwhile, the Observer has been reliably informed that Canada's Air Transat is suspending all flights until April 30 and will this morning provide passengers in Jamaica with flights back to Canada.


    “In response to collapsing bookings, airlines have decided to curtail flights for several weeks and reassess in due course. Folks are either cancelling or postponing vacations,” Seiveright noted.”Airlines are cutting back capacity significantly. We are in a wait and see [mode] regarding cutbacks on capacity for Jamaica by major carriers American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, Jetblue, Air Canada, Sunwing, Westjet, etcetera.”


    Tourism interests are already feeling the impact.


    Chairman of the Montego Bay Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Robin Russell said members of the association are reporting cancellations and postponements.


    “Right now we have a few bookings but most of our forward bookings are not materialising and also they are being cancelled. People are calling and cancelling their reservations right across the membership. There is no property on island now or no business on the island now involved in tourism that is not being affected,” said Russell, who is also the general manager of Deja Resorts in Montego Bay.


    He added that while there are no reports of workers being laid off, “it is inevitable”.


    “I know that there is at least one property in Negril that is already closed. I can [understand] if there is no business, that properties will either have to close or scale down — and close down blocks,” he said.


    “But a lot of the larger properties and these tour operators have closed down their operations temporarily to Jamaica and even other Caribbean or Mexican destinations. The small properties also depend on these tour operators, and closing down their operation simply means there is no business. When airlines have cancelled up to 80 per cent of their international flights the destinations are going to be affected,” he added.


    Leezo Wallace, general manager of the Jamaican operations of Unique Vacations Limited (UVL), the worldwide representative for Sandals and Beaches Resorts, said “volumes are going down”.


    “[There is] definitely an impact. We are watching it and over the next couple days we will be in a better place to assess. Some of the persons who have booked are looking to [make] revisions to their bookings but some are still coming,” Wallace said.


    And John Byles, executive director of Chukka Adventures, noted that there is definitely a drop in business.


    “The cruise lines, as you are aware, have stopped operations for 30 days; [there are also] travel restrictions worldwide and some [are] our international partners. It's a major shock! We are in the midst of the shock right now, it's going to be [this way] for a period of time,”Byles said.
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    Barbados today confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus.

    A 48 year old visitor and a 39 year old Barbadian woman, who both came from the United States, tested positive for the virus.

    Health Minister Lieutenant Colonel Jeffery Bostic made the announcement during a live broadcast to the nation.

    He said the woman was among 14 people who were tested Monday.

    The others tested negative.

    Restrictions have been announced to prevent the local spread of the coronavirus in Barbados.

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    Impact of coronavirus… Guyana slowly grinds to a halt

    Given the nature and characteristics of the novel coronavirus, a number of public entities in Guyana are implementing precautionary measures as the country slowly grinds to a halt.
    A series of advisories disseminated to the media yesterday by several government agencies and privately own businesses provided information on the measures that will be undertaken as the nations strives to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, now known as COVID -19.

    The new preventative measures have been listed in what seems to be a sequence of statements.
    Follow Public Health guidelines – DoC
    In a statement issued yesterday, the Department of Citizenship (DoC) called on members of the public to follow guidelines provided by the Ministry of Public Health, (MoPH) for re infection, prevention and control. Following consultations, the DoC said that it has adjusted a previously issued statement detailing the steps.
    According to the new statement, the DoC requests that citizens visiting its offices minimise the risks involved when large numbers of persons are congregated. It also noted that persons will be attended to in smaller groups and will be permitted entry on this basis.
    “Members of the public are advised that masks are only required if they are caring for a person suspected of being infected with COVID-19 or if they are coughing or sneezing.
    Persons who do not display any symptoms of COVID-19 and who are not caring for anyone suspected to have contracted COVID-19 need not wear masks to access services at the DoC or the General Registrar’s Office.”
    These precautions are especially necessary for the DoC since a significant number of persons who utilise its services on a daily basis are foreign nationals, many of whom would have engaged in recent overseas travel and may have been exposed to the COVID-19.

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    Trinidad and Tobago’s borders closed to foreigners for next 14 days

    (TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that the country’s borders will be locked down to all outsiders for the next 14 days.

    Dr Rowley made the announcement at a news conference at the Diplomatic Centre Monday morning following a Special Cabinet Meeting.

    “Cabinet met this morning and has taken the decision that Trinidad and Tobago will cease to encourage and facilitate for the next 14 days, entry into this country except for people who are nationals of Trinidad and Tobago,” Dr Rowley said.

    He made it clear that only nationals of this country will be allowed in.

    Dr Rowley said that exemptions will be given to health workers who may need to enter the country.

    “Other than that we are basically disconnecting ourselves from the international community for the next 14 days,” he said.

    He added that this will have significant ramifications for the national airline, Caribbean Airlines.

    He said the Government will look at the Heritage and Stabilisation Fund to help sustain the country but added that “the health and safety of the citizens of our country is priority number one.”

    “We have to isolate ourselves from the supply, the source of the virus outside of Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.

    “We are in a crisis. We are in an emergency. There is no game saying that,” he said.

    He said there are currently 75 elderly citizens in the Caribbean who are trying to come home and will be allowed to do so.

    Locally, the prime minister added that all bars will be closed within T&T.

    He said the government is also advising against that all gatherings beyond 25 persons.

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    JAMAICA'S novel coronavirus (COVID-19) figure moved to 13 yesterday after five more test results, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton confirmed at a Jamaica House press conference last evening.

    Dr Tufton told reporters that results of the other four tests were negative, but noted that the one tested positive is linked to 'patient one'... from the Bull Bay area.

    “It justifies for us why we took the decision to quarantine that Bull Bay Seven to Eight Miles area because so far the numbers are linked. If they were moving about it would certainly create a greater spread, depending on where they had gone and who they came in contact with,” the minister said.

    He said that between yesterday and today an additional 11 tests results should be available, and the information will be released as soon as they are.

    He said the overall status shows that 413 people have entered Jamaica from a country of interest since January 31. Twenty-seven are quarantined in government facilities, 52 are in home quarantine and 26 are in isolation in government facilities.

    Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, meanwhile, revealed that ministry officials would be meeting with operators of funeral homes today to clarify issues concerning handling of bodies, just in case there are deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

    She said that there was a process for dealing with the Ebola, which did not affect Jamaica, and felt that the funeral home directors wanted to find out if there was a new process in dealing with a coronavirus victim.

    “There is no difference in how we treat regular cases of people who have died, and they have to prepare the body. But we are going to have that detailed discussion with them to address their concerns,” she said.

    “We would not have any cause to believe that we have any bodies that are presently in the morgue that may have been dead due to COVID-19. We have absolutely no reason to believe that,” she added.

    And commenting on the refusal of taxis to carry nurses, Dr Tufton said that having condemned the actions by the taxi drivers, he had held discussions with the Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague and the nurses, and will today hand over five new buses that have been purchased for the nurses.

    “I know five is not enough for the entire country, but it is certainly a good start. We will also be talking to the management of the hospitals to see what other arrangements can be made.

    In the meantime, Dr Tufton said there are guidelines for hotels.

    “These persons can go to the pool, they can go to the beach. What we are emphasising, however, is that we, as best as possible, have to maintain the social distancing that we have been promoting to minimise the risk of spread,” he explained.

    However, he said that if guests have symptoms of the virus they would have to be confined to their rooms by the health authorities, and can return to their country of origin at any time during the 14 days of quarantine.

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    The Bahamas now has three cases of COVID-19.

    Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced Wednesday that two additional people have tested positive in New Providence.

    Dr. Minnis told the House of Assembly that the cases were identified through contact tracing.

    Dr. Minnis said investigations revealed that household members of the first confirmed case travelled to Canada, Trinidad and Dubai which have community transmission of the virus.

    He said those persons have been quarantined.

    A state of emergency has been declared in the Bahamas.

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