With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 5, 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.
Coming up in the newscast, Florida governor bans vaccine passports, Jamaica to get more vaccines this week and Trinidadians stuck in Barbados appeal to the government for assistance.
Now for the news in the detail
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday banning businesses from requiring vaccine passports. Effective immediately, Florida businesses are barred from requiring patrons to provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination to enter a business or to get served. His action also barred any government agency in Florida from requiring vaccination documents. In his executive order, DeSantis said that “vaccination passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”
Now for Caribbean News,
The Jamaican government is to receive additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccines this week. Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton said some 75,000 doses of AstraZeneca from the African Medical Support Platform are already in transit. Also in April, the government is expected to receive 20,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 26,000 doses of AstraZeneca. The Minister noted that these shipments should ensure the Government’s ability to administer vaccines over a two-month period. As of April 1, over 42,000 Jamaicans have been vaccinated, representing two percent of the population.
And in Barbados,
Hundreds of Trinidadians in Barbados are now appealing to the government for assistance while they await the reopening of the borders. T&T Citizens Overseas, a support group for Trinidad nationals, says citizens stuck in Barbados have had to turn to charitable organizations and generous residents for help. The group has called on the Keith Rowley administration to reopen the country’s borders to Trinidadians. Trinidad and Tobago’s borders have been closed since March 2020. At present, the twin-island is facilitating periodic repatriation flights out of Miami, New York, Toronto and Barbados, but nationals need approval from the government before they can book a flight. On March 29, the court of Trinidad and Tobago announced that the closing of the borders was constitutional.
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