With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 17, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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Coming up in the newscast, CDC says vaccinated Americans can go maskless, Jamaica College and Edwin Allen win Boys and Girls Champs and Trinidad declared state of emergency.

Now for the news in detail,

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its COVID-19 guidance on Thursday, saying fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks or physically distance in most settings. The CDC guidance still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes and hospitals. To date, more than 154 million Americans, nearly 47 percent of the population, have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Some 34 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated. President of the United States, Joe Biden said people who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors. In reacting to the new guidelines, Jamaica’s health minister Dr Christopher Tufton said the CDC new protocols do not apply to Jamaica. He said because of where the island is in its vaccination campaign, masks, social distancing and quarantine orders are still to be followed. Jamaica, to date, has vaccinated only eight percent of its population.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica,

Jamaica College (JC) won their first title in 10 years while defending champions Edwin Allen retained their girls’ crown at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys’ and Girls’ Championships on Saturday in Jamaica. JC dethroned Kingston College, finishing with a total of 328 points, just 15 points ahead of KC. Completing the top five on the boys side were Calabar, St Elizabeth Technical High School and St Jago High. On the girls side, Edwin Allen won their seventh straight title and eighth overall, with a total of 340 points. Rounding out the girlshttps://vimeo.com/551495937 top five were St Jago High, Hydel High, Holmwood Technical and Vere Technical.

And in Trinidad and Tobago,

The Trinidad and Tobago government on Saturday declared a State of Emergency and an new eight-hour curfew to deal with a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths. Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced that the state of emergency would go in effect immediately and that the curfew will run from 9 PM to 5 AM daily. Exceptions to the curfew are essential services including the energy sector, supermarkets, and pharmacies. Just two days before the announcement, on Thursday, Trinidad and Tobago had recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic, with a total of 21 new reported COVID-19 deaths. Prime Minister Rowley said that he is not witnessing a population that is scared. Trinidad now has over 15,000 COVID-19 cases, 5,000 of which are active.

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