With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 6 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.
Coming up in the newscast, over 2,000 people tested at Palm Beach’s COVID-19 test site, Broward County Public Schools adds four new distribution sites and Jamaica extends the closure of its borders to mid-April.
Now for the news in detail
Since opening on March 31, more than 2,000 people have been tested at Palm Beach County’s COVID-19 drive-thru test site located at the FITTEAM Ballpark. During the fifth day of drive-thru testing on April 4, four additional lanes for testing were opened and a total of 724 patients were tested. The call center hotline, 561-642-1000, will this week to schedule appointments, pending receipt of additional test kits.
Meanwhile, Broward County Public Schools has added four additional sites to its food distribution program beginning today Monday, April 6. The four new locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. twice a week – Mondays and Wednesdays. At these locations, families will be able to pick up meals for multiple days. The four new school sites are Castle Hill Elementary, Palmview Elementary, Margate Middle School and Parkway Middle School.
In Caribbean News, Jamaica’s airports and seaports will remain closed to incoming passengers for another two weeks, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced. This means the borders will be closed until April 21. According to Holness, the extended border closure is aimed at mitigating the spread of the deadly COVID-19 on the island. Up to Sunday, Jamaica had recorded 58 cases of the virus, doubling the number of cases in just seven days. Prime Minister Holness , however, reassured members of the diaspora that considerations were being made to facilitate those who want to return home.
Also in Jamaica, Controversial Jamaican dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three murder co-convicts had their appeals dismissed by the Court of Appeal on Friday, April 3. The Court of Appeal affirmed the conviction, and thus all four men will remain behind bars. Following the verdict, Vybz Kartel’s Senior Attorney, Valerie Neita Robertson, QC, said she believed that the court has already agreed that the sentences of the men should be reduced, however, the lawyers have seven days to submit paperwork for the court to make a final decision. In 2014, all four men were sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2011 murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams.
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