With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 4 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, over 400 people living in Florida’s nursing homes have died from COVID-19, undocumented immigrants in South Florida jails to be released, and Jamaica jumps 100 COVID-19 cases in one week.
Now for the news in the detail
More than 400 Florida residents that lived in long-term care facilities have died from COVID-19, according to data released by the state’s health department. As of Sunday, the state has confirmed 1,364 deaths. Of that number, 423 were reported in senior-care facilities. The number of deaths includes both staff and residents. But when compared to smaller and less populated states, Florida’s numbers are trending low. In April, over 1,700 nursing home residents and staff had died in New Jersey, Illinois had over 1,000 nursing home deaths while Michigan reported over 700.
In the meantime, A federal judge has ordered authorities to release more than 1,200 undocumented immigrants from three South Florida detention centers to prevent a wider spread of the coronavirus. U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke said ICE is to submit a report with steps to bring down the centers population from 1,400 to about 350. The three centers are Krome Detention Center in Miami, Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach and the Glades County facility in Moore Haven. So far, ICE says nine detainees and at least eight staff members at the Krome Detention Center in Miami have tested positive for COVID-19.
In Caribbean News, Jamaica’s COVID-19 cases have seen an increase of 100 over the last week to 463 as of Sunday morning. Since the portmore work place cluster was reported, the island has seen significant increases in its number of confirmed cases reported on a daily basis. As the St. Catherine lockdown was lifted on Friday, the island now braces for a even bigger spike in confirmed cases. Jamaica has led the CARICOM community in the number of reported cases since March. Following Jamaica is Trinidad which has 116 confirmed cases.
In Sports News, Former West Indies cricket Former West Indies cricketer and Jamaica Tallawahs assistant coach Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chris Gayle have publicly been at odds following Chris Gayle’s dismissal from the Tallawahs CPL franchise. After it was announced that Gayle would not be returning to the Tallawahs, the Jamaican batsman said he believed that Sarwan was being vindictive and is to be blamed for his departure. In a statement, Sarwan dismissed the claims, saying that Gayle’s allegations were “scandalous”.
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