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Queen thanks people for staying home

Queen thanks people for staying home

| 05/04/2020 | 10 Comments

(CNS): Queen Elizabeth spoke to the people of Britain and the Commonwealth by video on Sunday, in a very rare address, to thank all healthcare and other front-line workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, but she also thanked everyone who was staying at home, “thereby helping to protect the vulnerable”.

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Cayman Food Bank needs urgent donations

Cayman Food Bank needs urgent donations

| 01/04/2020

(CNS Local Life): With an increasing number of people struggling to keep up with basic needs, the Cayman Food Bank desperately needs food and cash donations to keep up with demand. The Food Bank said that continuing to deliver hot meals and groceries to those in need “is a partnership with the community and cannot […]

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Students in isolation invited to ‘Stay in & Chill’

Students in isolation invited to ‘Stay in & Chill’

| 27/03/2020

(CNS Local Life): Students in the Cayman Islands who are currently in isolation because of the coronavirus health crisis are invited to join the private ‘Stay in & Chill’ Facebook group, which provides them with a range of free virtual activities, workshops and resources, in order to stay healthy and emotionally connected.

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Suppliers to CIG need payment too

Suppliers to CIG need payment too

| 19/03/2020 | 8 Comments

I will not criticize the government for all they are doing to assist those they perceive as impacted and most vulnerable by this pandemic. I would however ask if they could look into another area where they have not announced any consideration. Civil servants received their paychecks early, bonus payments are being processed and now […]

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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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HSA bans most visitors, expands flu clinic

HSA bans most visitors, expands flu clinic

| 15/03/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The George Town hospital saw 300 cases of respiratory tract infections over a two week period last month, the Health Services Authority has said. The flu clinic at the hospital has therefore been expanded due to high numbers of people going there with flu-like symptoms, although it’s not clear if the HSA is testing […]

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Cayman’s first COVID-19 case causes HCCI to close

Cayman’s first COVID-19 case causes HCCI to close

| 13/03/2020 | 105 Comments

(CNS): Health City Cayman Islands is closing down for two weeks because some of its staff who treated a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 are now feeling unwell. HCCI has said that for the next two weeks all medical and hospital staff that came into contact with this patient, as well as his wife, […]

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Still some smoke plumes at dump

Still some smoke plumes at dump

| 12/03/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): As the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) and the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) continue battling the latest fire at the George Town dump, officials said the focus is shifting away from the top mound of the landfill, where the fire has been contained, towards a lower section. As a result, intermittent smoke plumes […]

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Princess deals another blow to cruise ports

Princess deals another blow to cruise ports

| 12/03/2020 | 73 Comments

(CNS): Princess Cruises issued a statement Thursday morning that it was cancelling all of its cruises around the world until 10 May in the face of the global outbreak of COVID-19, a move that will further batter the Cayman Islands’ short-term, and possibly long-term, tourism outlook. At the public meeting on the coronavirus situation Tuesday […]

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Jamaica confirms first COVID-19 case

Jamaica confirms first COVID-19 case

| 10/03/2020 | 83 Comments

(CNS): The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, got a little closer to home Tuesday after Jamaica confirmed its first case. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, the patient, a “young female”, returned to Jamaica from the UK last Wednesday, 4 March, and has been in isolation since Monday after showing respiratory symptoms but is said to be in […]

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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.