With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 1 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 to begin reopening on May 4, Jamaican deportee from the U.S. tests positive for COVID-19 and St. Lucia reports new cases of COVID-19 after its 100% recovery.

Now for the news in the detail

Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis has outlined his plans for reopening of the state which will begin on May 4. During this phase, Florida restaurants and retail stores can reopen at 25% of their capacity. Restaurants can also use outdoor seating if the tables are six-feet apart. Bars, gyms, hair salons and movie theaters will remain closed until the next phase of reopening. Visits to nursing homes are also still prohibited. DeSantis also indicated that Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, which comprise the South Florida region, are exempted from this phase of reopening. More testing sites are to be open in the region which is responsible for 60% of the state’s COVID-19 cases.

In Caribbean News, Jamaica’s Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has confirmed that one of the 46 deportees who recently returned from the United States has tested positive for the COVID-19. The news comes after the United States embassy had assured Jamaica that the deportees were all confirmed COVID-19 negative. The island now has near 400 confirmed cases of the virus and the significant increase has affected all industries, including education. Speaking with CNW Prime Time last night, Jamaican Senator Damion Crawford said that the government has unfairly managed the impact of COVID-19 on the education system and has done a disservice to many of the nation’s children.

In the meantime, Exactly one week after St. Lucia announced that all 15 positive cases had recovered, the island said it has recorded two more cases of the coronavirus. The new cases are of a 54-year-old diabetic female and a 20 year- old male. Just last week, the island was one of three countries in the world where there were no active cases of COVID-19.

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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