With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 10 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, the majority of Florida hospitals running out of ICU beds, Bob Marley’s One Love classic to be re-released and West Indies legend Michael Holding delivers powerful speech on racism in England.
Now for the news in the detail
As the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise in Florida, the state is facing a shortage of available ICU beds. According to data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration on Tuesday, at least 43 intensive care units across 21 counties in Florida hospitals have reached capacity. An additional 32 hospitals across ten counties show ICU bed availability of 10% or less. As of Wednesday morning, only 900 of Florida’s 5,000 ICU beds were still available. But while statewide, the percentage of ICUs available is dwindling, South Florida has been relatively steady. Of the 23 hospitals reporting in Broward County, seven reported ICUs at 90% capacity or more. Of the 17 reporting in Palm Beach County, there were two and the 34 reporting in Miami-Dade County, there were 10 hospitals.
In Caribbean News, The Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, has invalidated a report by Guyana’s Chief Election Officer, Keith Lowenfield, where he declared the current government as the winner of the controversial March elections. The Guyana Court of Appeal had initially upheld the report by Lowenfield, which invalidated over a hundred thousand votes, granting David Granger the election victory. However, CCJ’s ruling on Wednesday essentially paves the way for the Opposition party to form the new government of Guyana, and brings an end to a lengthy four-month election process.
In Entertainment, Bob Marley’s 1977 classic, “One Love” is to be re-released to aid coronavirus relief efforts. The Marley family in collaboration with UNICEF will released a new version of the song on July 17 for the organization’s global COVID-19 campaign. The new version features members of the Marley family: Stephen, Cedella and Skip Marley, with guest appearances from world-renowned musicians and children from vulnerable communities.
In Sports News, West Indies legend, Michael Holding, in a rare moment, delivered an emotional presentation just before the first Test match between West Indies and England on Wednesday. In the video, which has gone viral, Holding articulated the widespread disgust at the ills of racism and outlined how education could be used to eradicate the societal problem. Snippets of the 15-minute video have since received millions of views on social media.
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