Archive for March 16th, 2020

CIG makes progress on economic safety nets

CIG makes progress on economic safety nets

| 16/03/2020 | 37 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government has managed to secure commitments from local banks and utility companies for some economic safety nets for those in need, as measures taken to protect the community from COVID-19 hit the bottom line. The Cayman Islands Bankers Association has agreed to offer loan holidays or payment waivers on a case […]

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COVID-19 tests start with 14 new suspect cases

COVID-19 tests start with 14 new suspect cases

| 16/03/2020 | 51 Comments

(CNS): Public health officials began local COVID-19 testing Monday with fourteen samples from members of the community suspected of having contracted the novel coronavirus. Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee said that the 30 cases from Health City Cayman Islands were also being run through the machine at the HSA after samples were taken from […]

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Airports to shut as Cayman closes border

Airports to shut as Cayman closes border

| 16/03/2020 | 161 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has announced that both airports in the Cayman Islands will close on Sunday for at least three weeks, giving people a chance to evacuate in an orderly fashion over the course of this week and avoid the horrific scenes in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport last weekend. People will be able to fly […]

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Cayman faces lockdown reality

Cayman faces lockdown reality

| 16/03/2020 | 38 Comments

(CNS): Cayman faced the first business day of the COVID-19 lockdown with a mixed response Monday. While the streets of George Town were far from deserted, the capital was very quiet, with a fraction of the usual traffic on the roads for the start of the working week. Many stores and bars were closed for […]

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Fire crews remain as dump continues to smoulder

Fire crews remain as dump continues to smoulder

| 16/03/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): Hopes that the landfill fire in George Town would have been completely extinguished by Monday have been dashed, as firefighters remain at the site, continuing to tackle hot-spots across the smouldering garbage heap. Officials said progress is being made with the top section of the dump capped, smoke at a minimum and many deep […]

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Teenagers charged in Strand stabbing case

Teenagers charged in Strand stabbing case

| 16/03/2020

(CNS): Two teenagers have now been charged in relation to a stabbing in the Strand Plaza, off the West Bay Road, last Saturday around 12:15am, in which a man sustained serious injuries. The victim was taken to hospital, where he remains. The two suspects were arrested shortly afterwards and have now been formally charged, police […]

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Testing for COVID-19 limited to sick people

Testing for COVID-19 limited to sick people

| 16/03/2020 | 19 Comments

(CNS): As Cayman began local testing on Monday for the novel coronavirus, officials stated that only those people who are sick and already showing symptoms of COVID-19 with a relevant travel history will be tested. With only five test results in for this virus at so far — four negatives and the fatal case at […]

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RCIPS chopper delivers medicine for stranded ship

RCIPS chopper delivers medicine for stranded ship

| 16/03/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The RCIPS helicopter transported emergency medical supplies on Saturday for a transatlantic cruise ship that is stuck 25 miles off the coast of the Bahamas with five confirmed coronavirus cases on board, four crew and one passenger, and at least 40 people in isolation. The MS Braemar, which has 681 passengers, most of whom […]

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Coronavirus and our financial health

Coronavirus and our financial health

| 16/03/2020 | 95 Comments

(CNS): The coronavirus outbreak has thrown the Cayman Islands, like the rest of the world, into two emergencies: health and the economy. The ramifications for the health of the public and the health services are discussed on the many articles on the issue. On this thread, we invite readers to explain how the current health […]

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We have created a new system to help us address questions we receive from the public for the press briefings. We are getting hundreds every day and it’s impossible to read and deal with them while the PB is in process as there are a lot of moving parts to being able to do the Zoom meeting, take notes and respond to their info in real time.

So we are asking people to send their questions each day BEFORE NOON to: covid-questions@caymannewsservice.com

This will give us a chance to read, sort and consolidate the questions so that we get to the issues that people are most concerned about.

Thanks for your help. In the meantime the ones you have sent will be sorted and collated.