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Bill proposes $10k fine for public health breaches

Bill proposes $10k fine for public health breaches

| 01/10/2020 | 82 Comments

(CNS): As the Cayman Islands enters a phased reopening of its borders and rolls out a new geofence home-quarantine system, government is seeking to increase fines for breaches of the Public Health Law ten-fold and quadruple the jail time. The aim is to deter behaviour that might cause a resurgence of COVID-19, given the risk […]

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COVID-19 tests all negative on eve of border opening

COVID-19 tests all negative on eve of border opening

| 30/09/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): All of the 102 COVID-19 tests that were carried out over the last day were negative, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported Thursday on the eve of the phased reopening of Cayman’s borders, which closed six months ago at the end of March. There are currently just two active cases of the virus […]

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Airport begins COVID-19 testing trial

Airport begins COVID-19 testing trial

| 17/09/2020 | 99 Comments

(CNS): With the arrival of the first fortnightly British Airways service between London and the Cayman Islands on Thursday, government has begun the trial run of its new protocol system with around two dozen people. The passengers selected for home isolation with a geofencing device will be tested at the airport, taken to their home […]

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$1,000 tourism stipend extended

$1,000 tourism stipend extended

| 10/09/2020 | 55 Comments

(CNS): Government will be extending by three months the $1,000 cash payments being paid to Caymanians who were working in the tourism sector before the COVID-19 pandemic and have not been able to find work elsewhere. Premier Alden McLaughlin said the monthly stipend will be automatically paid to existing recipients until the end of the […]

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Cayman still COVID-free as virus rages around world

Cayman still COVID-free as virus rages around world

| 07/09/2020 | 86 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands started the week retaining its COVID-free status, when Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported Monday afternoon that all 79 COVID-19 tests carried out since Friday were negative. But while Cayman has not seen a case of community transmission since 11 July, there are spikes around the world, including Jamaica, which […]

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Health insurance failings roll on

Health insurance failings roll on

| 10/08/2020 | 50 Comments

(CNS): The multiple problems associated with the failing health insurance system in Cayman was recently raised again in Finance Committee, but there are still no policy solutions on offer from the health minister. The original budget to cover tertiary healthcare costs for indigents and those with inadequate health cover for 2019 was CI$9.9 million but […]

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Insurers had to trust gov’t over benefit scheme

Insurers had to trust gov’t over benefit scheme

| 15/07/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): Following the announcement that the health ministry was going to help hundreds of workers pay their health insurance premiums during the COVID-19 lockdown, insurers were forced to trust government because how it was going about this benefit scheme was not made clear, CNS has learned. The industry body issued a statement, Wednesday, saying insurers […]

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Ministry waits on invoices to pay health insurance

Ministry waits on invoices to pay health insurance

| 14/07/2020 | 60 Comments

(CNS): Health Minister Dwayne Seymour has said that people who are depending on their health insurance being paid via government’s Health Insurance Premium Payment Assistance Programme are covered, even though not all premiums have been paid. Problems with the assistance scheme were revealed by CNS Friday, and it is still not clear what has gone […]

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Health cover benefit scheme goes awry

Health cover benefit scheme goes awry

| 10/07/2020 | 125 Comments

(CNS): Hundreds of people who are on unpaid leave from their jobs or working only part-time who believed their health insurance was being covered by government may find that they are uninsured after all. A benefit scheme administered by the Health Insurance Commission to temporarily cover employers’ health premiums for furloughed workers appears to have […]

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Local COVID-positive cases climb to 150

Local COVID-positive cases climb to 150

| 01/06/2020 | 84 Comments

(CNS): Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported that there were nine new COVID-19 positive cases since he last revealed test results on Monday. The batch consisted of over 800 test results and the positives included one traveller in quarantine, two contacts of people who had already tested positive for the virus and six cases […]

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Pharmacy shuts shop after worker tests positive

Pharmacy shuts shop after worker tests positive

| 27/05/2020 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Health Care Pharmacy in Grand Harbour closed on Wednesday in order to sanitize the store after one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The management made the announcement on Facebook confirming that person is asymptomatic and was tested as part of the screening process of front-line workers. Officials confirmed to CNS that the member […]

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