With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 10 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

Coming up in the newscast, Florida COVID-19 cases surpass 16,000, Miami-dade public schools distribute half a million meals, and Jamaica considering reopening borders to diaspora members.

Now for the news in the detail

As of April 9, more than 300 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida has the number of cases now surpasses 16,000. According to the latest data, Florida now has almost 16,500 confirmed coronavirus cases including more than 350 deaths. Miami-Dade continues to lead the number of confirmed cases within the state, with almost 6,000 cases, about 35 percent of the state’s total. Broward County was next with approximately 2,500 followed by Palm Beach with over 1,200 cases. As the numbers increase, more testing sites are being opened in South Florida. This week a new drive-thru test site was opened at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill.

In the meantime, three cities in South Florida: Miami Beach, Sunrise and Miramar have issued emergency orders requiring all persons to wear face coverings in public. The orders, which both went into effect this week, state that face masks, homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, handkerchiefs or other similar cloth covering can be used. The orders also apply to drivers, employees and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and hardware stores. Additionally, Miramar’s order states that coverings should not be worn by children under two years old or by people who have breathing problems.

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has distributed more than half a million grab-and-go meals to families and students in need since the closure of schools in March. Public School employees have been catering to those less fortunate in the county, passing out meals at 50 select school sites. Through the Meals-on-the-Go program, thousands of hot meals have also been delivered to homes in many fragile communities.

In Caribbean News, as the number of COVID-19 cases in Jamaica rise pass 60, the Jamaican government announced that it is considering protocol which will allow re-entry of those abroad. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said he has heard the many pleas of the diaspora and Jamaican nationals in the United States and may allow for some residents to come home soon. He has advised, however, that the country is not at a point where wide-scale re-entry can be allowed.

For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.

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