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Coming up in the newscast, Election for Alcee Hastings Florida seat to stake place in November, Jamaica extends curfew and weekend lockdown measures and Antigua’s government paying residents to be vaccinated.

Now for the news in detail,

A special primary election to fill the seat of the late Congressman Alcee Hastings will be held in November, followed by a deciding general election in January. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement on Tuesday. Hastings, a Democrat from the Fort Lauderdale area, died April 6. He announced two years ago that he had pancreatic cancer. Two members of South Florida’s Caribbean-American community are among those vying for Hastings’ seat. Jamaican-born Broward Commissioner Dale Holness and Jamaican-American Mayor of Miramar, Wayne Messam are in the running to fill the vacancy.

Also in Local News,

Broward County Public Schools has partnered with the Florida Department of Health to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on-campus to students 16 years old or older. The vaccine tour began on May 4th and will run until May 13th. The shots will be provided on a walk-up basis and students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Family members and school faculty will also be eligible to receive the vaccine. For the full list of schools participating in the tour, visit CNWNetwork.com

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica,

The Jamaican government announced an extension of the stricter COVID-19 measures including the 8 PM weekday curfew and weekend lockdown. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that the decrease in COVID-19 cases on the island is a sign that the measures have worked. The restrictions will continue until June 3rd. However, the weekend curfew will now begin at 6 PM on Saturday and 2 PM on Sunday. Prime Minister Holness also announced a total lockdown on May 24th, which is being observed as the island’s Labour Day.

And in Antigua and Barbuda,

The Antigua and Barbuda government has entered into a partnership with a local company to offer an incentive to residents who take the vaccine. The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment said it was partnering with Epicurean Fine Foods and Pharmacy to offer a EC$50 food voucher to each person receiving a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The ministry said that the voucher is not redeemable for cash and must be utilized in one transaction. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the campaign is to assist with the government’s goal of achieving herd immunity within the next 90 days.

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