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Coming up in the newscast, Community leaders object to election dates to fill Alcee Hastings seat, the UK issues travel advisory for Jamaica and Trinidad announces additional COVID-19 restrictions amid surge.

Now for the news in detail,

Community leaders in South Florida have expressed concern surrounding the date for the special elections to fill the congress seat for Florida’s District 20. The seat was made vacant following the recent passing of Congressman Alcee Hastings. Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the primary election will be held on November 2 and the general election will be on January 11. But Broward Supervisor of Elections Joe Scott and several other community leaders are urging DeSantis to reconsider the dates. Scott said that nine months without representation is far too long for the majority Black district which includes parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties. Scott said he wants the primaries held on August 31 and the general election on November 2.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica,

Less than a week after Jamaica lifted its travel ban on the United Kingdom, Britain’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has advised its nationals against all leisure travel to Jamaica. In a statement on May 6th, the office said “The FCDO suggests against all but necessary travel to the whole of Jamaica based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks”. The UK also listed high levels of crime and violence in the country as a reason to avoid travel. Jamaica lifted its travel ban on the UK on May 1st after four months of restricting flights from that country. The island’s ministry of tourism said that the rapid vaccination rate in the UK was the main reason for lifting the travel ban.

And in Trinidad and Tobago,

The government of Trinidad and Tobago has announced even more COVID-19 restrictions as the country battles a surge in cases. On Friday, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced that only essential movement will be allowed to take place on the island until May 23rd. These include accessing medical services, food and water, pharmaceuticals and paying bills. He has urged residents to stay at home otherwise. Rowley also said that there are no residents that should be at their workplace unless they provide an essential service, and even then, work from home is encouraged where possible. The Prime Minister also hinted at an extension of the measures if cases do not decrease.

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