With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, February 1, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health;

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.

Coming up in the newscast, COVID-19 variant numbers increasing in South Florida, some Jamaicans to pay for COVID-19 vaccine and Calypso veteran Singing Sandra dies in Trinidad.

Now for the news in the detail

In South Florida, the new variant of COVID-19 is being detected at a rapid rate. According to the CDC, Florida leads the country in cases of the variant first reported in the UK, with 125 cases. Of that number, over half have been reported in the three South Florida counties: Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach. The highest concentration of the variant is in Broward County, home to the largest percentage of Jamaican-Americans in the state. Health experts say that the new strain found in the UK is about 70% more contagious than what we’ve already seen. Other variants of COVID-19 have been identified in South Africa and Brazil. While these new strains have been detected in the United States, they have not yet been reported in Florida.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, some citizens will have to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine later this year. The private sector organization on the island says it wants to team up with the ministry of health to vaccinate up to 70 percent of the population this year. The ministry of health and wellness had plans to provide the shots free of cost to 16 percent of the population in 2021. The private sector plans could see many Jamaicans having to pay for the shot if they choose not to wait on free inoculation from the government. Dr Christopher Tufton, the minister of health, says he is onboard with the initiative as it means Jamaica would sooner be over the hump of COVID-19.

And in Trinidad,

Two-time Calypso Monarch, Singing Sandra passed away on Thursday, January 28. The 64-year-old’s death was announced on her social media page but no cause of death was given. In a tribute, Randall Mitchell, Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of culture, hailed her as a feminist icon, adding that her contributions made the twin-island republic a “richer nation”. Singing Sandra, who was known as the “Queen Mother of Calypso”, won the coveted Calypso Monarch title in 1999 and 2003. She also performed at Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash festival in 1992.

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