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Guyana: Man kills daughter, 11, in religious ‘sacrifice’ to get rich

(NEWS ROOM GUYANA) — Ganesh Ramdain, a 33-year-old construction worker, was on Friday remanded to prison for the murder of his 11-year-old daughter Varshane; during a video interview with the Police, Ramdain confessed to killing his daughter because of his religious beliefs, saying that he believed if he sacrificed her he would become rich. Ramdain of Lusignan, East Coast Demerara ...

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Guyana confirms 24th COVID-19 case

(NEWS ROOM GUYANA) — Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence Saturday night confirmed that Guyana recorded its 24th case of COVID-19, an increase of one from April 02. The Minister did not release which region this case originated from nor were further details provided. The Health Ministry did not do its daily COVID-19 update Saturday. Of the total number of ...

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Leave the N95 masks for healthcare workers – St. Vincent CMO

(SEARCHLIGHT) — As Vincentians move to acquire personal protective masks, the Ministry of Health is pleading with the public to avoid buying N95 masks so that there will be sufficient for local healthcare workers. Simone Keizer-Beache, the chief medical officer was speaking at a press conference on Friday, April 3 when she said that the ministry was seeking to procure ...

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Ecuador stores coronavirus victims in giant fridges as morgues fill up

(Reuters) – Ecuador’s government has begun storing the bodies of victims of the coronavirus in giant refrigerated containers as hundreds of deaths in the city of Guayaquil, the centre of the country’s outbreak, have already filled morgues and hospitals. Ecuador has confirmed 318 deaths from the virus, one of the highest tallies in Latin America. But President Lenin Moreno said ...

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5G coronavirus conspiracy theory is dangerous fake news, UK says

(Reuters) – A conspiracy theory that links 5G mobile telecommunications masts to the spread of the novel coronavirus is dangerous fake news and completely false, Britain said today after masts in several parts of the country were torched. When asked by a reporter about the so called “theory” that 5G telecommunications masts could play a role in the spread of ...

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Trinidad and Tobago’s COVID-19 situation expected to worsen: PM

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — The current shutdown of nonessential businesses and other restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 can “possibly” be extended beyond April 15. So said Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on Friday as he lamented that Trinidad and Tobago’s COVID-19 situation is expected to worsen in the coming weeks. “We expect things to change, not for the better. ...

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Trinidad doubles vendor angry over shutdown: Why us and not KFC and the others?

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — Police Commissioner Gary Griffith says the decision to shut down D’Original Sauce Doubles in Curepe yesterday was done in keeping with the policies of the Government. Griffith spoke to the Sunday Express after police moved in and ordered D’Original Sauce Doubles branch owner, Kelly Hosein-Richards, to close up shop. Hosein-Richards said she is now contemplating legal action ...

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T&T’s COVID-19 cases rise to 103

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — TT covid19 cases continue to rise steadily rise as 103 people are now positive for the virus. In its 4 pm update, the Ministry of Health announced the figures which are two more than the number disclosed at 10 am on Saturday. The two newest cases were in contact with people who already have the virus. Also, ...

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Trinidad government extends non-essential activity curtailment to April 30

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — The curtailment of operations for some sectors has been extended to April 30. The Government’s latest COVID-19 measure has mandated that bars, churches and similar places, as well as air and seaports remain closed until April 30. And taxis and buses must continue carrying half passenger loads until then also. This is stated in the Health Ministry’s ...

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Trinidad: Family of 5th COVID-19 victim’s family hurt by social media rumours

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — An appeal is being to members of the public to desist from spreading rumours on social media about the country’s fifth COVID-19 fatality Victor Mootiram and his family. A close friend of the family, using her Facebook name Abbey KC, told Guardian Media yesterday that several false WhatsApp voice notes have been causing Mootiram’s family more grief ...

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Trinidad: Brooklyn Settlement residents protest against COVID-19 recovery centre plan

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Government’s intention to transfer 29 recovering COVID-19 patients from the Couva Hospital to a building in the quiet community of Brooklyn Settlement, Sangre Grande, has raised concerns among the residents who live in close proximity to the building. The building, at Bridge Street, was previously used as a home for the elderly. In fact, the residents staged ...

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Trinidad health minister says COVID-19 recovery sites will pose no harm

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh is reassuring the public that they will not be endangered in any way by the operations of step-down facilities or holding bays currently being set up across the country to house patients recovering from COVID-19 before they are discharged from the State’s care. The assurance came hours after it was revealed that 17 ...

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Republic Bank donates US$2 million in fight against COVID

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Republic Financial Holdings Ltd has announced that the group will be making a total contribution of US$2 million for the purchase of ventilators, testing kits, PPE and food among other things across all of the territories in which it operates including T&T, Grenada, Guyana, Barbados, Ghana, Suriname, Cayman Islands, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St ...

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Woman dies of COVID-19 in New York days after leaving Trinidad

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Fifteen days after 78-year-old Zorida Wahid Khan returned to her home in Queens, New York, after vacationing in Trinidad and Tobago, she tested positive for the COVID-19. Five days after being diagnosed with the virus, Khan, who was originally from Tacarigua, died at a hospital Friday. Speaking with the Guardian Media, one of Khan’s relatives said she ...

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Barbados COVID-19 cases now at 52

(BARBADOS NATION) — One more person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Barbados, increasing the overnight total to 52. Information from the Barbados Government Information Service indicated it is a male. Overall, 27 males and 25 females have the illness and all are in isolation. They range in age from 17- to 83-years-old.

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Jamaica: Funeral homes warned to be careful handling COVID-19 victims

(JAMAICA GLEANER) — Concerned that persons who die from COVID-19 may still be infectious, funeral home operators are being warned to avoid direct contact with blood and other fluids from the bodies. Jamaica’s health ministry has also cautioned that funeral home workers should properly dispose of personal protective equipment after handling the body of someone infected with the virus or ...

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Jamaican farm workers head to US, Canada despite COVID-19 outbreak

(JAMAICA GLEANER) — Despite the alarming rate at which lives are being lost to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in North America, Jamaicans are still willing to take the risk to participate in the seasonal overseas work programmes. However, this time they have to sign a waiver absolving the Government of any liability if they become infected with the potentially deadly ...

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How Jamaica’s homeless are surviving amidst COVID-19 scare

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Donald Atkins was in remarkably good spirits although he had just spent the night sleeping out on the street in a city under curfew. The 62-year-old man sleeps on the sidewalk on the corner of Hanover Street and Sutton Street, downtown Kingston, where the Jamaica Observer spoke with him last week. Atkins’s sleeping spot also happens to ...

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Kobe Bryant heads 2020 Hall of Fame honorees

(AFP) — Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant headed a star-studded list of honorees named to basketball’s 2020 Hall of Fame yesterday. The Los Angeles Lakers icon, who died in a helicopter crash in January, was named alongside nine honorees who will be enshrined at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 29. Joining Bryant in the sport’s pantheon ...

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Coronavirus transmission during pregnancy rare, but possible

(AFP) – Chinese scientists reported Thursday it is possible, although rare, for pregnant mothers with the COVID-19 illness to pass the infection down to their babies. The team followed 33 pregnant women from Wuhan, the city where the disease behind a deadly pandemic was first identified – and found that three babies were infected with the new coronavirus at birth ...

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Jamaica: One dead, two injured in shooting just before 8 p.m. curfew

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — A man is dead and two people reportedly hospitalized following a shooting incident on Rembrandt Close off Manchester Road in Mandeville, Saturday night. Locals said the shooting took place before the 8:00 pm curfew imposed by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19. At minutes after 10.00 pm when OBSERVER ONLINE arrived the corpse was still ...

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Jamaican doctors told to stop prescribing lupus drug to treat COVID-19

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — An increasing number of doctors are prescribing a drug used to treat lupus and other autoimmune conditions to anyone demanding the medication, has led to a shortage, triggering concern within the medical fraternity. With lupus patients complaining that they are unable to get the drug, the Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica (ACPJ) has issued a call ...

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Jamaica: 13 charged for breaching curfew regulations

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – Police officers working in the Denham Town Zone of Special Operation last night arrested and charged 13 individuals for breaching the curfew order under the Disaster Risk Management Act. According to reports, the Denham Town residents were arrested between 9:00 pm. and 9:30 pm after they failed to heed several warnings to leave the public thoroughfare and ...

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Jamaica COVID-19 tally now at 55

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – Jamaica now has 55 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is an increase of two over the total given yesterday. A release from the Ministry of Health and Wellness listed the new additions as: – A 74-year-old female from Manchester, who is the contact of a confirmed case; and – A 63-year-old female from Portland, who is under ...

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Jamaica to launch COVID-19 telethon

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, will launch a fund-raising initiative dubbed ‘Telethon Jamaica: Together We Stand’ towards providing additional resources to health services in the wake of COVID-19. The initiative will be launched during a live online performance by Jamaican singer, Christopher Martin, on Sunday, April 5 beginning at 7:00 pm. The ...

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Jamaica: 3 relatives of first COVID-19 patient to die test positive

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — At least three of the six people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Cornpiece Settlement, Clarendon, are relatives of the 79-year-old man who was the first patient to succumb to the disease in the country. This was confirmed by the man’s 53-year-old stepson, who also tested positive for the virus and remains at home in isolation with ...

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Diabetic Jamaican entertainer Foota Hype fears COVID-19 in US detention

(JAMAICA STAR) — Deeply concerned for his health, Kerry-Ann Townsend is pleading with the public to call Florida governor Ron DeSantis, to demand the release of her diabetic brother, Oneil ‘Foota Hype’ Thomas. Her petitioning plea demands the release of all other detainees with serious medical conditions, with delayed hearings, who are low risk (no aggravated felonies) and who have ...

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COVID-19 driving good sales for fruits and vegetables vendors in Jamaica

(JAMAICA STAR) — Many persons are flocking Coronation Market in downtown Kingston, stocking up on essentials – fruits and vegetables. Stalls are being left bare as customers strive for a strong immune system, and vendors have no complaints. “They mostly asking for fruits like oranges, pineapple and grapes. Those are going faster than everything else. Everybody is saying that they ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Saint Lucia’s 14th confirmed COVID-19 case was the contact for a previous case

(PRESS RELEASE) — As of April 3, 2020, the World Health Organization reported a total of 972, 640 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally with 50, 325 deaths. There are now 247, 473 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas. The affected region includes Dominican Republic (1380), Haiti (16), Barbados (45), Jamaica (44), Cuba (233), Dominica (11), Grenada (10), Trinidad ...

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Mottley says Barbados has enough food as residents panic-buy

(BARBADOS TODAY) — There is enough food to go around and no need for panic shopping, Prime Minister Mia Mottley has again declared, seeking to assure Barbadians after a chaotic day of last-minute panic buying. Mottley tonight promised Barbadians that there is enough food on the island to satisfy its growing needs. With Barbados moving into a 24-hour shutdown from ...

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Trinidad and Tobago now has 100 COVID-19 cases

(PRESS RELEASE) — As of Friday night, the Health Ministry reports the following: Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for COVID-19 – 722 Number of samples which have tested positive -100 Number of deaths – 6 Number of persons discharged – 1 The Ministry of Health provides the following update: * Two additional ...

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Jamaica’s ‘Patient 1’ recovers

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — The first individual who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jamaica is now free of the virus and has been released from isolation. The woman, who came into the island from Britain for a funeral late February, and who was staying in Bull Bay, St Andrew, tested positive for the virus on March 10 ...

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Trump says he won’t wear face mask

(BBC) — US President Donald Trump has said he will not wear a face mask despite new medical guidance advising Americans to do so. He could not see himself greeting “presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens” in the Oval Office while wearing one, he said. He stressed that the guidance released on Friday was “voluntary”. “You do not have to ...

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Saint Lucia gets 40,000 face masks, other equipment from Taiwan

(St. Lucia News Online) — Taiwan has again come to Saint Lucia’s rescue in its time of need, donating a number of essential items to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The country donated 40,000 face masks, six sets of thermal imaging body temperature detection systems and several forehead thermometers. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed gratitude to ...

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Guyana: One-month curfew comes into immediate effect

(STATEMENT) — These emergency measures are made pursuant to the paragraphs (1) and (2)(b) of the Direction by the President, given under the Public Health Ordinance, Cap. 145, and published in the Gazette, Legal Supplement B, 16th March 2020. The measures shall take effect from the 3rd April, 2020 and last for one month unless earlier terminated, extended or amended ...

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No new positive COVID-19 cases in Saint Lucia as of Friday (video)

(St. Lucia News Online) — Saint Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer Sharon Belmar-George on Friday released some good news to the public regarding the latest test results for COVID-19. In a video statement (see below), Belmar-George said results received on Thursday, April 2, 2020, were all negative. She said as of Friday, April 3, the number of positive cases recorded in ...

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VIDEO: 85 released from Rodney Bay quarantine facility receive health certificates, care packages

(PRESS RELEASE) — Eighty-five individuals at the Rodney Bay Public Health Facility have completed their 14 days in quarantine and were sent home. The individuals showed no signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and were provided with certificates of health upon their departure. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George noted that the first batch of individuals released from quarantine entered the ...

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COVID-19: Belize confirms 4 cases; PM closes borders to nationals

(PRESS RELEASE) – My Fellow Belizeans, Earlier today, the Ministry of Health’s leadership team publicly announced the worrying news of test results having this morning confirmed Belize’s fourth case of COVID-19. The infected person is from the Cayo District, but up until about 11 days ago, had been traveling to and from Belize City where he worked. He is in ...

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Anguilla records one new COVID-19 case

(PRESS RELEASE) – On April 2nd at 9:53am we received notification from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), that 1 of the seven samples sent on Monday, March 30th tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The other 6 samples were negative for Covid-19. The positive case is an imported case, a 78-year old male resident with a history of travel ...

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First baby born at OKEU Hospital receives a care package

(PRESS RELEASE) – Doctors and Nurses at the Owen King EU Hospital deliver a bundle of joy to a young mother and Massy Stores and the Prime Minister’s Office come bearing gifts. Amid the confusion, panic and fear of COVID-19 comes a glimmer of hope at the Owen King EU Hospital, as the first baby delivered at the hospital is ...

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Coronavirus: US ‘wants 3M to end mask exports to Canada and Latin America’

(BBC) – A major US mask manufacturer, 3M, says the government has asked it to stop exporting US-made N95 respirator masks to Canada and Latin America. The request had “significant humanitarian implications”, it warned, and could prompt other countries to act in kind. On Thursday, the US invoked the Korean War-era Defence Production Act to demand that 3M provide more ...

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BVI: Employers using COVID-19 as excuse to cut staff should be held accountable

(BVI NEWS) – Opposition Leader Marlon Penn said employers using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to cut staff should be held accountable. Penn said while some employers are practising good corporate responsibility, there are others taking advantage of the situation. He said: “A lot of the businesses have done a good job in trying to help their employees transition ...

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Nurse battling coronavirus: ‘Worse than a gunshot’

(NEW YORK POST) – A coronavirus-stricken Texas nurse says that her battle with the illness feels “worse than a gunshot,” according to a report. Shareka Williams, who works at Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation & Healing, said Monday in a video filmed from her hospital bed that the virus is “no joke,” news station WZTV reported. “I never felt a gunshot, ...

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Trinidad: Covid19 cases jump to 97, 6 deaths

(TRINIDAD NEWSDAY) – In the biggest jump in a single day so far, the country’s covid19 cases moved from 90 on Thursday morning to 97 by Thursday evening. A new death was also recorded, bringing the total fatalities to six. The Health Ministry’s daily 10 pm covid19 update said 688 samples have been tested by the Caribbean Public Health Agency ...

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US eases blood donation limits for gay men due to shortage

(AP) — The United States government Thursday eased restrictions on blood donations from gay men and other key groups because of a drop in the nation’s blood supply triggered by the coronavirus outbreak. The Food and Drug Administration’s new policy aims to allow tens of thousands more Americans to give blood, including gay and bisexual men and people with recent ...

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Google to publish user location data to help gov’ts tackle COVID-19

(AFP) — Google says it will publish users’ location data around the world from Friday to allow governments to gauge the effectiveness of social distancing measures, brought in to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. The reports on users’ movements in 131 countries will be made available on a special website and will “chart movement trends over time by geography,” according to ...

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Connecticut dad says chloroquine helped him recover from coronavirus

(NEW YORK POST) – A Connecticut dad said the malaria drug chloroquine helped him recover from a severe coronavirus infection, according to a new report. Chris Tillett, 45, the first confirmed COVID-19 patient in the state, was in a medically induced coma for 10 days at Danbury Hospital after the illness ravaged his body, leaving him with bilateral pneumonia, the ...

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WHO gets US$677M to tackle COVID-19

(DPI) – DIRECTOR-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has announced that as of April 01, US$677 million has been pledged or received for the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan to tackle the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Two months ago, the WHO announced the first Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, with an initial amount of $675 million ...

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Trinidad: Taxi driver charged with choking, raping woman

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A Laventille man was granted $150,000 when he appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate this week via video conferencing, charged with raping and beating a woman. Terry Murrell 45, a maxi-driver, of Boxhill Trace, Laventille, appeared before a magistrate on Wednesday. The matter was adjourned to April 29. The victim reported to police that on March ...

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Trinidad: 388 low-risk prisoners targeted for release

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – Moving to quell public outcry as the government moves to release 388 prisoners from the nation’s prisons, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi yesterday assured that all prisoners will be medically checked before any release takes place. He was speaking during a news conference on COVID-19. Noting that only non-violent criminals with minor crimes will be released, Al-Rawi said, ...

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Trinidad Top Cop insists he’ll close businesses to prevent COVID-19 spread

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – Although Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley says police have no power to shut down banks and supermarkets, Commis-sioner of Police Gary Griffith maintains his officers can intervene in situations where too many people are congregating to save lives during the current “Stay-at-Home” COVID-19 measures. Griffith made his position clear at a press conference at the T&T Police ...

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Jamaica: COVID-19 patient breastfeeds baby

(JAMAICA STAR) – Finger-pointing, bad-mouthing, and even threats of arson were hurled at a woman in Clarendon on Thursday after residents learnt that she has tested positive for the new coronavirus – COVID-19. The 32-year-old is quarantined at her home, along with two other members of her family, which includes a three-month-old child. “I ask and they say I can ...

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