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JAMAICA | Population at risk as Coronavirus now out of control says PNP

KINGSTON, Jamaica, September 17, 2020: People’s National Party’s (PNP) Spokesman on Health and Wellness Dr Morais Guy, says the government has not only lost control of the fight against the coronavirus, but it has also abandoned the testing protocols, leaving the nation to battle the alarming increases in positive cases on its own.

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JAMAICA | Jamaica records 66 new COVID-19 Cases

KINGSTON, Jamaica  August 27, 2020 - As Jamaica continues to to battle the proliferation of the Coronavirus  across the island, the Ministry of Health recorded 66 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total cases on record for the island to 1,870.

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  • Published in Health

How COVID-19 could impact travel for years to come

In late 2019, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) published its “Economic Performance of the Airline Industry” report. It contained a 2020 forecast of 4.1 percent growth in global air traffic demand and net post-tax profits for North American airlines of US$16.5 billion.

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  • Published in Tourism

JAMAICA | Review existing Coronavirus screening protocols says Dr. Guy

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, August 6, 2020:   Shadow Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Morais Guy, says the spike in coronavirus cases and the increased number of hospitalisations demand that the government immediately reviews the existing protocols to ensure the safety of all Jamaicans, particularly our most vulnerable citizens.

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BARBADOS | Updated travel protocols for Barbados take effect August 5

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, August 4, 2020 – As the country struggles to carefully reopen the Barbados economy within the context of the devastation brought on by the Coronavirus, the Ministry of Tourism has released updated requirements for entry into Barbados which is scheduled to take effect on Wednesday August 5.

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Virus-linked hunger tied to 10,000 child deaths each month; Vietnam locks down its 3rd-largest city as cases grow

The United Nations says coronavirus-linked hunger is leading to the deaths of 10,000 children a month in the first year of the global pandemic because of fears of contamination and movement restrictions. Four U.N. agencies said failing to act now will have devastating long-term consequences not just for the children, but for society as a whole. Earlier this year, the head of the World Food Program warned of a risk of starvation of “biblical proportions” around the world.From Burkina Faso to Venezuela, AP journalists around the world found that families in numerous countries are already facing starvation, with young children the first to suffer and die.Africa's First Hotbed: For months, the city of Cape Town was the biggest hot spot in Africa. Now, finally, there are signs of relief. Doctors in the city on the southernmost tip of South Africa say they are seeing a decrease in patients. But as Cape Town reports more positive news, the pandemic is sweeping north, to more populated parts of South Africa, Gerald Imray reports. Vietnam: The country has locked down its third-largest city for two weeks after 15 cases of COVID-19 were found in a hospital. Public transport into and out of the central city of Da Nang, with a population of 1.1 million, was canceled. Over the weekend, thousands of mostly Vietnamese tourists had to end their summer holidays in the popular beach destination. Authorities estimated several thousand people would be stranded by the transportation shutdown and asked hotels to shelter them, Hau Dinh reports from Hanoi. Kyrgyzstan: Cases surged after authorities lifted a tight lockdown in May, overwhelming the teetering health care system in the impoverished Central Asian nation of 6.5 million people. That's when thousands of volunteers came to the rescue in the former Soviet republic. They worked as orderlies in busy hospitals, converted their cars into makeshift ambulances to transport the sick and found protective gear, drugs, supplies and equipment for medical workers, Daria Litvinova reports.Guatemala Teacher: In the One Good Thing series – when the virus closed schools in mid-March, teacher Gerardo Ixcoy invested his savings in a secondhand tricycle that he and his brother converted into a mobile classroom. Each day the 27-year-old sets out pedaling among the remote cornfields of Santa Cruz del Quiché to give individual instruction to his sixth-grade students. He installed the protective plastic sheets and a whiteboard on the tricycle and rigged a small solar panel to the roof to power audio recordings he uses in some lessons. -30-

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African countries need cheaper COVID-19 tests: here’s how to get them

COVID-19 continues to infect millions of people as the death toll mounts. There is currently no cure which means that controlling this disease requires a multi-pronged approach. This includes personal protection such as masks, social distancing and the isolation of infected individuals and their contacts.

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  • Countries Africa
  • Published in Africa
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