With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, November 23 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, Broward County surpasses 100,000 COVID-19 cases, Jamaica to impose harsher penalties for those who breach COVID-19 rules and Trinidad and Tobago says no Christmas parties.

Now for the news in the detail

Broward County has surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 cases, as Florida added more than 8,000 new cases on Saturday. Broward, which is home to the largest number of Jamaican-Americans in Florida, is the second county in the state to pass the 100,000-case mark, behind Miami-Dade. Meanwhile, Florida now has over 900,000 COVID-19 cases and is predicted to surpass one million cases within the next two weeks. A weekly briefing from the White House Coronavirus Task Force on November 15, said that “Florida is in the midst of a viral resurgence and with aggressive action now, can contain this surge.” Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, the report also states that more than 80% of Florida counties have high levels of community transmission. While no statewide restrictions have been announced, leaders in the South Florida states have been imploring residents to continue to wear a mask and social distance.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton says that stiffer penalties are coming for persons, who breach the COVID-19 restrictions. He informed that the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministries of Justice are collaborating to implement the new measures, which will be in place before the end of the year. In the meantime, the Minister is imploring persons not to attend illegal parties during the upcoming festive season. Under the island’s COVID-19 regulations, persons who refuse to follow the established orders, including curfews can be fined up to $1 million or six months imprisonment.

And in Trinidad and Tobago,

The government has announced a total ban on Christmas parties within the public sector, while also urging the private sector to do the same. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said that instructions will be given to the appropriate public sector officials to ensure that government funding for Christmas parties over the coming weeks will not be entertained. Rowley also said that his target remains for schools to be opened in January and that the actions of people during the Christmas period would determine whether this is achieved.

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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