With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, June 12 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

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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, Miami-Dade beaches reopen with strict guidelines, Haiti records new COVID-19 cases every seven minutes and new data shows Guyana opposition winning election recount.

Now for the news in the detail

After being postponed for more than a week, Miami-Dade’s beaches finally reopened on Wednesday. The county’s beaches were initially set to reopen on June 1 but a series of protests throughout the state resulted in a countywide curfew and the postponement of the reopening of beaches. Among the strict guidelines that are now in place for the county’s beaches are no groups of more than 10 people, no shared beach equipment, no organized or group activities and no pets allowed on the beach.

In the meantime, The Jamaica Consulate office in Miami, will reopen to the public on Monday, June 15, to continue normal operations. Adhering to CDC guidelines, the office says only an allotted number of persons will be present in the office space at any given time. An appointment system is now available on the Consulate website to schedule visits between Monday and Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 12 noon daily.

The Haitian community in South Florida is becoming concerned as their homeland is recording one confirmed COVID-19 case every seven minutes, over the past four days. This week confirmed cases in the country jumped from 3072 on Sunday to 3796 as of yesterday, June 11. Haiti is still the only CARICOM country that has surpassed 1000 COVID-19 cases, as all other countries have either recorded a full recovery of their patients or began to slow the spread of the virus.

In the meantime, Preliminary data published by Guyana’s elections commission shows that opposition candidate Irfaan Ali has won a recount of votes in March’s presidential election following accusations the tally was manipulated. In March, President David Granger had claimed an election victory despite observer groups and diplomats from the United States and the European Union saying there were irregularities in the count. While Guyana’s election commission has yet to declare the final recount results, initial data shows Ali secured enough votes to win the elections. Ali is expected to be sworn in as President following Granger’s 4 years in office.

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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