With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 7, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, longtime South Florida congressman Alcee Hastings dies at 84, CDC urges Americans not to travel to Jamaica, Trinidad Prime Minister tests positive for COVID-19.

Now for the news in the detail

Alcee Hastings, longtime South Florida congressman, has died at the age of 84. He died on Tuesday morning after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Although the Congressman had been undergoing treatment for the stage four disease, he continued public appearances and his duties in congress. Hastings represented Florida’s 20th Congressional District, which covers parts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Hastings was first elected to the house in 1992, becoming Florida’s first Black congressman since after the Civil War. He had first represented the state’s 23rd district, covering parts of Broward County and Miami-Dade County. Hastings served for fifteen terms in the House and was the longest-serving member of Florida’s congressional delegation.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica,

In an update of its travel advisory, the United States top public health agency, the CDC has urged all Americans not to travel to Jamaica. This includes Americans that are fully vaccinated. On April 2nd, the CDC issued a level four advisory for Jamaica, the highest level for COVID-19 cases. The agency said that because of the current situation in Jamaica, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 and should avoid all travel to the island. The CDC stated that if any American must travel to Jamaica, they should get fully vaccinated first. Additionally, the agency urged all Americans to wear a mask, stay six feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands regularly while on the island.

And in Trinidad,

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement on Tuesday morning, the Office of the Prime Minister said that Rowley started experiencing flu-like symptoms late Monday and was subsequently tested for the virus. The Prime Minister is now in isolation and under medical supervision. Meanwhile, the Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly, Ancil Dennis is now in quarantine after he was exposed to a primary contact of a recent COVID-19 positive case.

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