Tag: Alden McLaughlin

No sick patients waiting on COVID-19 tests

No sick patients waiting on COVID-19 tests

| 28/03/2020 | 36 Comments

(CNS): Cayman has received a new batch of reagents, bringing local stocks of COVID-19 test kits to around 540, but this is not enough to increase the level of testing, according to local health officials. The question of how widespread the virus is in this community therefore remains unanswered, though at this stage there are […]

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‘Stay at home’ order abuse worries officials

‘Stay at home’ order abuse worries officials

| 28/03/2020 | 217 Comments

(CNS): One single traffic-cam reader picked up over 10,000 unique vehicles in just five hours on Saturday, and government officials are frustrated over the scale of the abuse of the ‘stay at home’ soft curfew after the lockdown was lifted. Police Commissioner Derek Byrne said it was unsustainable and Premier Alden McLaughlin said he was […]

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Soft to hard curfew coming for one week

Soft to hard curfew coming for one week

| 27/03/2020 | 105 Comments

(CNS): Government has confirmed that the country will transition to ‘Stay Home Cayman’ on Saturday as part of the survival plan to protect people from the COVID-19 pandemic as Cayman goes through this high-risk period. Premier Alden McLaughlin said the current lockdown curfew will end at 5:00am Saturday to be replaced by a softer one […]

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Curfew will transition to ‘shelter in place’

Curfew will transition to ‘shelter in place’

| 26/03/2020 | 113 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin said Cabinet has now come up with a definitive set of regulations that will enable the current 58-hour curfew, imposed to try to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the community, to be lifted on Saturday. After 5:00am on 28 March, the Cayman Islands will move to ‘shelter in place’, which […]

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COVID-19 tests still too few to help

COVID-19 tests still too few to help

| 26/03/2020 | 65 Comments

(CNS): Cayman has tested less than 150 people for COVID-19 because it doesn’t have enough tests. Despite the ability to test locally, a false negative has made the authorities even more reliant on the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the long time-lines for confirmation to inform us of transmission rates and whether positives are […]

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58-hour full curfew imposed from tonight

58-hour full curfew imposed from tonight

| 25/03/2020 | 226 Comments

(CNS): After receiving requests for more than 20,000 people in the private sector to be exempt from a ‘stay in place’ order, the premier has followed through on his threat to impose a full curfew. From 7pm on Wednesday night until 5am Saturday, Cayman will go on a full round-the-clock curfew for everyone except the […]

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Premier rages at businesses over lockdown delay

Premier rages at businesses over lockdown delay

| 24/03/2020 | 232 Comments

(CNS): The business community appears prepared to put their economic interest above the lives of Caymanians, the premier said after government was inundated with requests for companies that are not essential to exempt their workers from the imminent lockdown. Government wants businesses to close their doors so that as many people as possible can remain […]

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HSA patient COVID-19 positive, lockdown coming

HSA patient COVID-19 positive, lockdown coming

| 24/03/2020 | 61 Comments

(CNS): A Health Services Authority patient has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a preliminary sample tested at the local lab. The patient had no travel history and was not symptomatic but was tested because he may have needed unrelated emergency treatment in the United States, but without a negative test result he would not […]

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Ten-day curfew to be imposed

Ten-day curfew to be imposed

| 23/03/2020 | 77 Comments

(CNS): A curfew will be imposed on everyone in the Cayman Islands from 9pm until 5am for ten days from Tuesday 24 March in an effort to contain the potential spread of COVID-19 in the community following the recent return of many residents from countries where the pandemic is raging. The governor, premier and police […]

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Gov’t preps to deal with ‘lean times’

Gov’t preps to deal with ‘lean times’

| 23/03/2020 | 125 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin said government is discussing a range of measures to protect the Cayman Islands, not just from the health crisis presented by the COVID-19 pandemic but the economic one as well and the “very lean times ahead”. Warning of tough times and a significant downturn in business, the premier said talks this […]

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Buses stay on road, gov’t avoiding full curfew

Buses stay on road, gov’t avoiding full curfew

| 20/03/2020 | 51 Comments

(CNS): There is an “inherent risk in just living” while the coronavirus is around, Premier Alden McLaughlin warned Thursday, when he said government was not shutting down the local bus network. He pointed out that, despite the efforts being taken in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic to curb the potential spread, there were […]

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