With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 25, 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, teachers in Miami-Dade and Broward begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines, Mexico partners with Jamaica to teach Spanish to students and Barbados declares community spread of COVID-19.

Now for the news in the detail

On Saturday, Broward County Public Schools, in collaboration with the Florida Health Department administered COVID-19 vaccines to hundreds of senior District employees. The vaccination effort comes after scores of school employees had resigned due to fears of going back into the classroom. Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie says he continues to push the federal government to prioritize teachers for the vaccine. In Miami-Dade, the school district joined forces with the Jackson Health System to begin vaccinating eligible school employees. Active veterans 65 and older in the Miami VA Healthcare System also started their vaccination process.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, the Minister of Education, Fayval Williams says Mexico and Jamaica will be executing a pilot project under which teachers from the Central American country will teach Spanish to Jamaican students. The Education Minister says the project will involve 30 Mexicans operating from their homeland, teaching some 300 students in an online environment. Williams said if the project is successful, it will be expanded to other schools, once all their students have a computer device.

And in Barbados,

Health Minister Jeffrey Bostic says the island is now grappling with the community spread of COVID-19. Bostic said since the end of last year, there have been over 1000 new COVID-19 cases. The outbreak began at the end of December following a Boxing Day bus crawl party. The health minister noted that the cases are originating in areas where people tend to drop their guard, among family and in community settings. Following the Bostic’s update, the United States issued a level four travel advisory for Barbados, which is the highest level. In its advisory to Americans, the CDC said travellers should avoid all travel to Barbados as it may increase the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.

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