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Coming up in the newscast, Broward County mayor warns of another COVID-19 spike, Jamaican government cancels International Reggae Day concert and St Kitts and Nevis extends State of Emergency until December 31st.
Now for the news in detail,
Broward County Mayor Steve Geller is warning that the new delta variant of COVID-19 is likely to lead to another spike in the county come this fall. The super-contagious delta variant, which originated in India, is now responsible for about one in every five new Covid-19 cases in the United States. Florida already has over 70 cases of the new variant, according to the CDC. Mayor Geller said in a few months, when the delta variant starts to spread in South Florida, unvaccinated residents will deeply regret not getting the shot. Over 60 percent of Broward County’s eligible population has been vaccinated so far.
Now for Caribbean News,
Jamaica’s Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport has decided to cancel the outdoor concert which was scheduled for International Reggae Day on Thursday, July 1, at Port Royal. Following Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s announcement of the reopening of the entertainment industry, the government said that they would be hosting its first major outdoor event since the start of the pandemic to celebrate International Reggae Day. Holness said that the concert would be to demonstrate that the measures outlined for the entertainment industry can work. But after criticism from several local organizations, the ministry of culture announced that the event is canceled. They cited bad weather as the reason for the cancelation.
And in St Kitts and Nevis,
The St. Kitts and Nevis government on Monday extended the state of emergency (SOE) by a further six months. Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said it is a critical tool in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The SOE was due to expire on July 7, but Harris said that it was being extended as part of his administration’s efforts to protect the lives and livelihoods. The measure allows the government to legally impose curfews to prohibit movement. The state of emergency will now expire on December 31, 2021.
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