With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, March 30, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m………………..for CNW 90.

Coming up in the newscast, a mandatory stay-at-home-order implemented in the city of Sunrise, Palm Beach County urges all residents 65 and over to stay home, and reggae singer/songwriter Bob Andy dies at 75.

Now for the news in the detail

As Broward County issued a Safer At Home Order that urges people to stay indoors, the city of Sunrise has followed suit, issuing a stricter order that mandates residents of Sunrise to stay inside. Under the order, residents are only permitted to leave their homes to do essential business, religious activities, for emergency assistance, or to offer personal support to a friend or family member in need. The city’s law enforcement officials have been advised to take necessary actions, which may include arrest, against those that do not adhere to the order.

While in Palm Beach County; officials have urged all persons over 65 years of age to stay home. Under the executive order implemented by the county, elderly people are to take every necessary measure to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19 as they are among the most vulnerable health groups. The order also calls for all persons who enter Florida from an area with substantial spread of COVID-19 to isolate or quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days, beginning from their date of entry.

In the Caribbean, The Dominican Republic is now responsible for more than 50% of the Caribbean’s COVID-19 cases, as the region surpasses the thousand-case threshold. As of March 29, the island confirmed over 850 cases, including 39 deaths. The other islands which the second and third highest number of cases, are Cuba with 140 cases and Trinidad with 76. Both countries have recorded three deaths each. Meanwhile, Jamaica, which has received praise from the World Health Organization for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has some 30-odd cases and one death.

Veteran reggae singer and songwriter Keith Anderson, widely known as Bob Andy died at his home in Jamaica on Friday, March 27. His cause of death was not revealed but Andy was said to have been battling pancreatic cancer in recent months. A former South Florida resident, Andy was one of reggae’s great songwriters, composing classic songs like I’ve Got to go Back Home, Check it Out, My Time and Fire Burning. He was 75 years old.

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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