With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 3 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health;

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.

Coming up in the newscast, Florida records 10,000 COVID-19 cases yesterday, masks now mandatory in Broward and Miami-Dade counties and legendary west indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes has died.

Now for the news in the detail

Yesterday, Florida shattered its daily COVID-19 record again, reporting 10,109 new cases as the numbers statewide rose to 169,000. In June, Florida infections rose by 168% or over 95,000 new cases. The percent of tests coming back positive has also skyrocketed to 15% from 4% at the end of May. Only one other state in America has reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day. Back in April, when New York was desperately grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, the state had set a record for over 12,000 cases of COVID-19 in one day.

But as the COVID-19 cases continue to rise across all South Florida counties, Broward and Miami-Dade have made the wearing of masks mandatory in public. In a statement, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the two counties agreed to a “blanket facial coverings” order to avoid overwhelming smaller hospitals. Broward County also issued an emergency order limiting hours for restaurants and food establishments. Specifically, no establishment will be permitted to serve alcohol or food for on-site consumption between the hours of Midnight and 5AM. Take out, delivery, drive-through, or pickup will still be permitted. Miami-Dade had issued a similar order for restaurants, which went into effect on Wednesday.

In Caribbean News, Guyana has delayed the phased opening of the Cheddi Jagan International airport. The airport was scheduled to reopen its runway on Wednesday to international commercial flights. However, some adjustments have since been made to its reopening plan. The airports, under the current phase will continue to allow limited repatriation flights, outgoing flights, cargo flights and special authorized flights. Phase Two reopening, which is expected to allow additional repatriation and commercial flights, will now commence on August 1.

In Caribbean Sports News, Legendary West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes, the last surviving member of the distinguished Three Ws, died in Barbados on Wednesday following a long illness. The oldest surviving West Indies cricketer and third oldest surviving men’s Test player, Sir Everton passed away at his home at 95 years-old. Celebrated as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, Sir Everton was widely revered and remained a seminal figure in the cricket fraternity up until the time of his death. In Manchester, the West Indies team observed a moment of silence for Sir Everton before their match against England yesterday.

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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