With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 1, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

Coming up in the newscast, Florida governor orders residents of four major counties to stay home till mid-April, Palm Beach County begins COVID-19, testing and a new date announced for the Tokyo Olympics.

Now for the news in the detail

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a four-county “safer-at-home” order covering counties in South Florida that have been the hardest hit so far by Covid-19. Speaking at a news conference, DeSantis announced that he would sign an order urging residents of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties to stay at home until at least April 15. His order sets in stone what many South Florida communities have already done to prevent the spread of the virus. Many communities in Broward County, Palm Beach County, Miami-Dade have issued their own curfews to get residents to eliminate all non-essential travel. As of March 30, the four named counties made up 59% of the total positive coronavirus cases in the state, which has surpassed 5,000.

Meanwhile Palm Beach County has begun offering on-site testing for COVID-19 as of March 31st. Testing is being done at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. Health authorities reported on Monday that within just four hours of the testing hotline being open for taking appointments, they received more than 330,000 from residents in and around Palm Beach County. Persons are still being advised to call the hotline at (561) 642-1000 to book their appointment for testing.

In Caribbean News, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness has imposed an all island curfew on the island. The curfew will run from April 1 to April 8, between the hours of 8 PM to 6 AM. At a press conference, he explained that the move had become necessary as the Government expects that there will be a significant rise in the number of COVID -19 cases on the island. As of March 31, Jamaica confirmed 36 cases including one death.

In the world of sports, the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held from July 23 to August 8 in 2021. The games’ organizing committee made the announcement after meeting with the Japanese government. The Paralympic Games, which was also postponed, will now be held from August 24 to September 5, 2021. The Olympic committee said that the decision was taken to protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved, and to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus. All athletes that were previously qualified will keep their respective spots for next year’s games.

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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