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Coming up in the newscast, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspends all COVID-19 restrictions, Jamaica to ban travel from Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua’s Prime Minister warns of mandatory vaccination for residents.

Now for the news in detail,

On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to suspend all existing local Covid-19 emergency orders. His bill goes into effect on July 1, but he also signed an executive order to immediately bridge the gap from now until then. DeSantis cited the rapid rate of vaccinations in the state as his reason for suspending all restrictions statewide. He said that telling people they still had to wear masks and follow other COVID-19 restrictions even after being vaccinated undermined public confidence in the vaccines. DeSantis said his administration wants people to “enjoy themselves” and “live freely in the state of Florida.”

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica,

Jamaica has indicated plans to restrict travel from Trinidad and Tobago, which has recorded increased cases of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19. Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley told a news conference on Monday that he had been in discussions with his Jamaican counterpart regarding the situation. Rowley told reporters that Prime Minister Andrew Holness had paid him the courtesy of informing him of the planned travel ban. The Jamaican government, however, has not yet announced when the ban will go into effect or for how long.

And in Antigua and Barbuda,

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has warned of the possibility of implementing a mandatory vaccination program in Antigua and Barbuda as he criticized persons who were encouraging others not to participate in the national vaccination program. Prime Minister Browne said the government is struggling on a monthly basis to pay salaries and wages. He also said that residents of Antigua and Barbuda do not have the luxury of not getting vaccinated. The Prime Minister says that if the island does not achieve herd immunity within the next 60 to 90 days, there will be dire consequences. Antigua has so far vaccinated 30,000 residents from a population of 98,000.

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