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Coming up in the newscast, Jamaicans among scores of migrants detained in South Florida, Jamaica running out of COVID-19 vaccines and Barbados to reopen on June 30.
Now for the news in detail,
Broward County and U.S. Border Patrol authorities detained 14 migrants, including Jamaicans, who arrived in South Florida in a boat on Thursday. The boat carrying the migrants arrived on shore in Pompano Beach, Broward County. The Jamaicans told local media that they were attempting to escape Jamaica due to the high prevalence of crime on the island. An investigation is ongoing and officials of the Jamaican consulate in Miami are monitoring the situation to determine if the migrants are actually Jamaicans.
Now for Caribbean News,
Jamaica does not have enough COVID-19 vaccines to administer the second dose to those who need it. Last month, Jamaica had received over 55,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said would be reserved for residents who require their second shot in June. But at a press conference last week, the Minister disclosed that the island is now facing a vaccine shortage. Dr Tufton said his ministry would be prioritizing persons over the age of 50 years to get their second shot. This means that Jamaicans under 50 who received their first dose of vaccine will have to wait until the government receives another shipment.
And in Barbados,
The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley announced that her administration has put plans in place for the country to start reopening from June 30. Mottley said the curfew will be removed completely as of June 30. She, however, stated that the country is not yet ready for mass events and thus, the annual crop over festival will not be held. Mottley also said that Barbados will create a travel bubble for fully vaccinated passengers from low-risk Caribbean countries and those with a negative PCR test to enter immediately.
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