With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, June 24 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 becomes the seventh state to surpass 100,000 COVID-19 cases, several South Florida cities order the mandatory wearing of masks and Bahamas prepares to resume international travel.

Now for the news in the detail

On Monday, Florida reached another COVID-19 milestone, becoming the seventh state in America to surpass 100,000 confirmed cases. The Florida Department of Public Health confirmed 2,926 new cases on Monday, to bring the state’s total to 100,217. Florida is now the seventh state to pass six digits, following New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas and Massachusetts. Cases have skyrocketed in the past week after many businesses were allowed to reopen. Monday’s total was the lowest daily rate of new cases in six days after topping out at 4,049 on Saturday. According to the Florida health department, the state reached 50,000 cases within the first nine weeks of the virus being detected. However, the additional 50,000 cases were confirmed over the last four weeks.

In the meantime, several cities in Miami-Dade County, including Miami and Miami Beach, have announced that masks are now required for every resident when in public. Those cities also include Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Aventura, Doral, Key Biscayne, Biscayne Park, Pinecrest, North Miami Beach, West Miami, Miami Shores and El Portal.

In Caribbean News, some Caribbean countries are currently dealing with “an abnormally large dust cloud” from the Sahara Dessert, which regional authorities have described as “unhealthy and hazardous”. The Sahara Dust has spread across several islands including Trinidad, Barbados and Jamaica and has caused a reduction in visibility as a result of the haze. Children, senior citizens and people with respiratory illnesses have been urged to stay indoors and keep activity levels low. NASA has also warned that the Sahara Dust is likely to make its way across South Florida this week.

In the meantime, The Bahamas is now preparing its tourism plan which will allow for the resumption of international travel on July 1. The guidelines so far include having all visitors present their negative COVID-19 test results upon arrival. However, the results must be no more than ten days old. Select individuals will be exempt from testing, including children under the age of two, private pilots and Bahamian citizens returning from English speaking CARICOM countries.

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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