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Stranded expats urged to call hotline

Stranded expats urged to call hotline

| 07/04/2020 | 29 Comments

(CNS): As government increasingly focuses on the reality that many foreign workers currently in the Cayman Islands no longer have a job and the ability to support themselves, the need to airlift them out is growing. But Premier Alden McLaughlin has said that there are issues with helping people to leave as the governor’s office […]

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Premier hopeful measures are working

Premier hopeful measures are working

| 07/04/2020 | 43 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin was considerably more upbeat at the daily pres briefing on Tuesday, after venting his frustrations on Monday over the need for people to stay at home. After evidence of full compliance with the lockdown Monday night, far fewer people on the road Tuesday and promising indications regarding test results, he said […]

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HSA still only facility able to test for COVID-19

HSA still only facility able to test for COVID-19

| 07/04/2020 | 8 Comments

(CNS): Questions over quality control at local medical facilities along with the lack of necessary equipment will curb the Cayman Islands’ ability to test for COVID-19 in significant numbers, even when the 200,000 kits arrive, unless other facilities can get PCR machines, the relevant equipment and put protocols in place. During Tuesday’s press briefing on […]

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Premier hammers message: not business as usual

Premier hammers message: not business as usual

| 07/04/2020 | 52 Comments

(CNS): Constant demands from the community to carry on with “business as usual” are frustrating government in its efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 in the Cayman Islands. Premier Alden McLaughlin said Monday that to save lives there will be hardships and inconveniences, which the public had to face because if the authorities allowed […]

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BA flight arrives with supplies

BA flight arrives with supplies

| 07/04/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The British Airways flight chartered by the UK government to bring supplies to Bermuda and Cayman touched down at the Owen Roberts International Airport yesterday evening. It offloaded medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, test kits and groceries, as well as 58 Caymanian students and residents who had been stuck in the UK. The aircraft will leave […]

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No test results, 2nd patient hospitalised

No test results, 2nd patient hospitalised

| 06/04/2020 | 35 Comments

(CNS): There were no new test results ready for Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee to announce at Monday’s COVID-19 press briefing, but he said several were still being processed and were expected later. Dr Lee said there are now two people in hospital on Grand Cayman who have tested positive for coronavirus, one patient […]

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British prime minister in intensive care

British prime minister in intensive care

| 06/04/2020 | 32 Comments

(CNS): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (55) has been admitted to intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in London after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened”, his office in Downing Street said Monday. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is now deputizing “where necessary”. Johnson was first admitted to hospital on Sunday, when his staff played down concerns over […]

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BA flight expected Monday evening

BA flight expected Monday evening

| 06/04/2020 | 4 Comments

(CNS): Governor Marty Roper confirmed on Monday that the British Airways air-bridge emergency flight was due to land this evening after leaving the UK earlier today. It is landing in Bermuda first before coming to Cayman, where it will overnight. However, the governor stressed that the crew will be fully isolated and vigorously managed.

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HSA cleared to import doctors if needed

HSA cleared to import doctors if needed

| 06/04/2020 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Cabinet has cleared the Health Services Authority to recruit between 50 and 100 doctors from Cuba if needed during this current COVID-19 pandemic. At this point, there is no indication the HSA will need to call on this back-up of physicians but if it does, as an institutional registered health facility, under the Health […]

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CoP refers ‘rogue’ rider arrest to ombudsman

CoP refers ‘rogue’ rider arrest to ombudsman

| 06/04/2020 | 37 Comments

(CNS): Police Commissioner Derek Byrne revealed at Sunday’s press briefing that an arrest made by his officers has been referred to the ombudsman for investigation. The arrest was made on Saturday, 4 April, following a high-speed chase of one of five ‘rogue’ dirt bike riders. Byrne said that during a time like this, when the […]

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PM in hospital as virus symptoms worsen

PM in hospital as virus symptoms worsen

| 05/04/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced ten days ago that he had COVID-19, has been admitted to hospital as his symptoms, including a high fever, have worsened. While questions have been raised about his ability to continue leading the UK and its response to the pandemic, officials at No 10 Downing street have […]

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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.