With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, November 11 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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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, South Florida battles heavy rains and flooding, Mark Golding sworn in as PNP President and Antigua questions Barbados’ COVID-19 travel advisory.

Now for the news in the detail

Tropical Storm Eta dumped more than two feet of rain in some areas of South Florida over the weekend, leaving many homes and businesses flooded and drivers stalled in the street. Portable pumps were deployed to drain storm water out from business in Lauderhill and other areas in the county, and streets looked like lakes along Biscayne Bay and Coconut Grove, where the water was ankle-deep. The heavy rain also damaged one of the state’s largest COVID-19 testing sites, at Miami-Dade County’s Hard Rock Stadium, which was expected to be closed until Wednesday or Thursday. The severe weather continued on Monday, resulting in a total of 23 public schools in Broward County transitioning to online learning due to power issues left behind by the tropical storm.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, Mark Golding was officially sworn-in as President of opposition party, People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday. Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, presented the Opposition leader with the Instrument of Appointment at Kings House. Golding, the Member of Parliament for St Andrew Southern, was elected the sixth president of the PNP on Saturday, defeating Member of Parliament for St Ann South Eastern Lisa Hanna by 296 votes. While Golding’s mentor and former MP for South St. Andrew, Dr. Omar Davies supported him at the ceremony, Golding’s opponent in the election was notably missing. Hanna issued a statement revealing that she was ordered by her doctors to stay home for the next four days due to severe chest cold and sinus complications.

Also in Jamaica,

The United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia, is returning to America for medical treatment after he was hospitalised in Kingston. The US Embassy gave no details regarding his illness but said Tapia will be flown to the United States for “non-life-threatening medical treatment”. Reports are that the 81-year-old diplomat had been admitted to the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies on Tuesday morning after he fell ill and was suffering from a nose bleed.

And in Antigua and Barbuda,

The government says it is seeking an explanation as to why Barbados has placed the country on a list of countries deemed medium-risk for the coronavirus. In its travel advisory, Barbados has advised that nationals from countries in the high and medium-risk categories have to be placed in quarantine for 14 days on their visit to Barbados. But Antigua’s foreign affairs minister Paul Greene says the categorization in unacceptable, based on the island’s current COVID-19 figures. Antigua and Barbuda has so far recorded 131 cases of the virus and three deaths, while Barbados has 243 cases and seven deaths.

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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