Archive for April, 2020

Survey finds support for COVID-19 response

Survey finds support for COVID-19 response

| 30/04/2020 | 81 Comments

(CNS): An online survey on CNS found strong support for government’s handling of the current health crisis among the 3,400 readers who took part over the last two days, and most regard the curfews as “a necessary evil”. The respondents overwhelmingly said they had confidence in the chief medical officer (84%). However, when the same […]

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OfReg offers little hope on gas prices

OfReg offers little hope on gas prices

| 30/04/2020 | 82 Comments

(CNS): Gas prices finally started to fall in Cayman this week but the utilities regulator, OfReg, which is tasked with tracking fuel costs around the world as well as regulating the sector here, has backed the local fuel suppliers’ claim that the lag in price decline is unavoidable. For years there have been concerns that […]

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No briefing as gov’t works on ‘new rules’

No briefing as gov’t works on ‘new rules’

| 30/04/2020 | 108 Comments

(CNS): What has become Cayman’s top daily show in recent weeks, the COVID-19 briefing, was cancelled Thursday as Cabinet worked on the new rules for the next curfew phase coming into effect Monday. Premier Alden McLaughlin is expected to announce a number of changes to the shelter-in-place order (the soft curfew) on Friday, but it […]

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Doctors Hospital boosts COVID-19 testing

Doctors Hospital boosts COVID-19 testing

| 30/04/2020 | 14 Comments

(CNS): The CTMH Doctors Hospital has now been testing for COVID-19 for a week, helping to boost the test results and support the wider screening underway. The need to test as many healthcare and other essential front-line workers as possible is critical in determining the prevalence of this coronavirus in Cayman, given that these people […]

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Suspect ganja dealer arrested

Suspect ganja dealer arrested

| 30/04/2020

(CNS): A couple believed to be in breach of curfew in the area of Sound Way, George Town, last weekend ended up being arrested for drug offences. Officers on patrol on Sunday afternoon spotted the man and woman at around 5pm and when they went to speak to them they detected a strong smell of […]

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Coming curfew changes based on least risk

Coming curfew changes based on least risk

| 29/04/2020 | 137 Comments

(CNS): The next phase of the shelter-in-place order, or soft curfew, which begins Monday will allow access to more services, based on the least risk of people gathering in one place, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Wednesday. Revealing some details about this first phase of eased restrictions from the COVID-19 lockdown, he said that many more […]

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Inquiry opens into alleged curfew breach

Inquiry opens into alleged curfew breach

| 29/04/2020 | 253 Comments

(CNS): The police have opened an inquiry into the alleged breach of curfew at the health minister’s home, after his wife posted footage of herself on social media last week working out with a personal trainer, in possible breach of the COVID-19 curfew rules. As well as asking the minister if there was any truth […]

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200 COVID-19 negative samples reported

200 COVID-19 negative samples reported

| 29/04/2020 | 60 Comments

(CNS): Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee said the strict quarantine measures and the decision to ensure that those who are quarantined have two negative tests before being released are helping to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands. At Wednesday’s press briefing, he said all of the 200 results he had were […]

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Airfield work sped up but end date will be missed

Airfield work sped up but end date will be missed

| 29/04/2020 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The border closure in Cayman has drastically cut down air traffic and has given the Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) a chance to speed up the airfield work at Owen Roberts International Airport in George Town. But it’s still unlikely that the project will be completed before the original target date of September because […]

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Mangrove protection official

Mangrove protection official

| 29/04/2020 | 30 Comments

(CNS): Cayman’s mangroves now have official legal protection, which should, finally, prevent these dwindling yet critically important species from being removed by developers without consequence. On Monday, the National Conservation Council gazetted the adoption of a Species Conservation Plan, which formalises mangrove protection in law and outlines the very strict conditions under which they can […]

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Pensions need ‘radical’ change

Pensions need ‘radical’ change

| 29/04/2020 | 49 Comments

(CNS): The future of private pension plans looks distinctly shaky after Premier Alden McLaughlin warned that a national plan may be in the pipeline to replace the current inadequate system. With workers in the private sector being given the opportunity to take a chunk out of their pensions to see them through the economic slump […]

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