With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, February 26, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

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Coming up in the newscast, Teachers and law enforcement to get vaccinated in Florida, sporting events to resume in Jamaica this weekend and former Bahamian Prime Minister hospitalized with COVID-19.

Now for the news in the detail

Florida teachers and law enforcement officers who are 50 and older will be the next groups to get the coronavirus vaccine. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement on Tuesday. DeSantis did not say specifically when the new groups will be able to get the vaccine, but he expects it to be soon through the recently added federal vaccination sites. Both the Florida Education Association and Florida Fraternal Order of Police welcomed the news but stated that high-risk persons of all ages should also get vaccinated. DeSantis said at least 50% of the state’s 4 million senior residents have been vaccinated since December.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, the island’s track and field community will be back to competing after almost a year of no events. The Jamaican government gave the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association approval to host a series of competitive events starting this Saturday. Sports Minister Olivia Grange has urged all coaches and athletes to abide by the COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing, sanitizing and wearing masks while not competing. The association said that all the events will be over a 10-week period, ending with the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships from April 27 to May 1.

Also in Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the islandwide nightly curfew has been extended until March 1. The curfew hours will remain at 8pm to 5am daily. In addition, the public gathering limit remains at 10 persons until February 28, according to Holness in a statement Wednesday afternoon. Jamaica has been under an 8 PM curfew since February 10.

And in Bahamas,

Former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has been admitted to hospital after testing for positive for COVID-19. Ingraham, who first led the Free National Movement to a historic general election victory in 1992, was diagnosed with the virus more than a week ago. He was admitted to hospital on Tuesday when his symptoms worsened. Duane Sands, a former Minister of Health who has been authorized to speak on his behalf, said at no time was the 73-year-old placed on a ventilator machine.

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