With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 6 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, Florida sees 20,000 new COVID-19 cases over July 4th weekend, Kanye West announces he’s running for president and Jamaicans urged to report visitors breaking quarantine

Now for the news in the detail

Over the weekend, while Florida residents celebrated the fourth of July with limited activities, the state recorded over 20,000 new cases of COVID-19. A new all-time high COVID-19 record was set on Saturday, with 11, 458 cases and on Sunday, 10,000 new cases were reported. For the third consecutive day on Sunday, Broward County set a single day record with 1,664 new cases, continuing a surge in numbers. Florida has now become the third state in America to surpass 200,000 cases, following New York and California. An increase in safety measures is now expected to follow after the implementation of the mask orders, closure of bars and the limitations on restaurant hours in the South Florida counties.

In Entertainment News, Rapper Kanye West took to Twitter on July 4th to announce that he is running for president in the 2020 elections. It is not yet clear if the announcement is a publicity stunt, but last year, West had made it clear that he intended to run for president in 2024. West has long been a supporter of President Donald Trump and his wife, Kim Kardashian West has also worked with Trump on several occasions. If West is serious about running, he would need to qualify for ballot access across 50 states and the District of Columbia. For now, the billionaire-rapper doesn’t appear to have filed forms with the Federal Election Commission to run for office.

In Caribbean News, Jamaica’s health ministry is urging citizens to report returning residents that are not complying with quarantine orders. Since the reopening of the borders in June, there have been numerous reports of returning residents disregarding the 14-day quarantine order and leaving their homes for various reasons. This has resulted in Jamaica’s COVID-19 numbers steadily increasing. Those who are found to have broken quarantine orders will be removed from their homes and placed in state quarantine.

In Caribbean Sports News, the West Indies cricket team along with England will wear the Black Lives Matter logo on their shirt collars in the three-Test series starting this week. Both teams said they were in full support of the Black Lives matter movement and wearing the logo is a message of solidarity and a drive for progress and societal change. The two sides will face each other in second and third Tests in England on July 16-20 and 24-28.

For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.

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