With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, March 10, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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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.

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Coming up in the newscast, two new federal vaccination sites to open in South Florida, UK strain of COVID-19 now spreading in Jamaica and vaccine shortage impacts Trinidad’s first shipment.

Now for the news in the detail

Two new federal COVID-19 vaccine locations open Thursday in Miami-Dade County. They will be at the Allen Park Community Center and the Miami Springs Community Center. Both are planned to be open from March 11th to 17th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. They will be able to administer 500 vaccines per day and are first-come, first-served — with no appointments. The new sites will serve to vaccinate more seniors in the South Florida region as state leaders lower the age for vaccinations. Starting next week, Florida residents 60 years old and over will be able to get the shots.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, has revealed that test results have indicated that the UK variant of the COVID-19 virus is currently circulating on the island. At a press conference on Monday, Tufton said seven of the eight samples that were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), returned positive test results. None of the patients had traveled outside of Jamaica. According to Tufton, there is a possibility that the presence of the variant could be contributing to the vast increase in the number of positive cases on the island. In December, the island had confirmed four cases of the UK variant but the ministry had said that those patients were isolated and did not pose a threat to any members of the public.

And Trinidad and Tobago, a global shortage of COVID-19 vaccines has affected Trinidad and Tobago’s first shipment. The country will receive only a third of the first batch of vaccines allocated by the COVAX facility come month-end. The health ministry said they would have had to wait until May to receive the full quota of 100,000 doses originally promised. Instead,  the ministry decided to take a smaller batch of 33,000 upfront.

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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