Tag: Martyn Roper

Quarantine questions raised over private flights

Quarantine questions raised over private flights

| 09/07/2020 | 43 Comments

(CNS) The question of potential quarantine breaches has been a persistent public concern since government closed Cayman’s borders and introduced a mandated 14-day quarantine for all returning residents in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. But allegations that some, especially those arriving on private charters, have avoided the government isolation have not been substantiated. Officials […]

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1,034 samples turn up 2 COVID-19 positives

1,034 samples turn up 2 COVID-19 positives

| 19/06/2020 | 61 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper said the Cayman Islands is one of the safest places in the world just now because “we have effectively created a safe bubble” from COVID-19. With 1,034 test results on Friday and just two asymptomatic positives samples, the country appears well placed to move towards Suppression Level 2 without causing a […]

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BA finds way to get Indian nationals home

BA finds way to get Indian nationals home

| 17/06/2020 | 49 Comments

(CNS): After long negotiations regarding the personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements for flight crews flying into India, the governor’s office has found a solution to get several hundred people stranded in Cayman without work back to their home country. A British Airways evacuation flight in July will take about 300 Indian nationals to London, from […]

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Governor credits mass testing as solution

Governor credits mass testing as solution

| 17/06/2020 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the Cayman Islands back in March public health officials have tested 18,605 people, which places this jurisdiction among the top three countries in the world for per capita testing. Governor Martyn Roper credited this mass screening for enabling authorities to lift a significant number of […]

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Governor urges ‘realism’ on airlift flights

Governor urges ‘realism’ on airlift flights

| 27/05/2020 | 154 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper stressed Wednesday that the flights going in and out of the Cayman Islands at present are evacuation airlifts to help people who are stranded with no work or money get home, given the widespread border closures across the world due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Raising concerns that people were seeking to […]

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Airlift rolls on as hundreds leave

Airlift rolls on as hundreds leave

| 10/05/2020 | 115 Comments

(CNS): Over the last seven weeks since the airports closed in March evacuation flights have continued to take foreign nationals home and almost one thousand people have left the Cayman Islands. On Friday Governor Martyn Roper, who has been overseeing the airlifts, confirmed that 921 people have gone home on these special charters to various […]

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Navy and police choppers on ‘recce’

Navy and police choppers on ‘recce’

| 05/05/2020 | 30 Comments

(CNS): With the Royal Navy task force ship, RFA Argus, anchored off the coast of Grand Cayman, military personnel from the ship will be joining the RCIPS in helicopter reconnaissance and drug interdiction flights, as COVID-19 has limited the planned pre-hurricane season exercises. Governor Martyn Roper said Monday that no one from the crew will […]

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1,000s of PPE kits and test swabs arrive

1,000s of PPE kits and test swabs arrive

| 01/05/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): A shipment of 30,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, vital for front-line healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients, and 52,000 swabs necessary to testing for the virus arrived in Cayman Thursday. With both in short supply, the PPE kits made their way here with the help of Health City Cayman Islands, while the Dart facilitated […]

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Evacuation flight set for Honduras

Evacuation flight set for Honduras

| 27/04/2020 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper revealed that progress has been made on arranging evacuation flights for foreign nationals stuck in Cayman who want to go to their home countries as well as to bring home residents from here stuck overseas. The latest success is a flight to La Ceiba early next week. The governor said his […]

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UK sending military personnel to Cayman

UK sending military personnel to Cayman

| 21/04/2020 | 209 Comments

(CNS): The British government is sending nine members of the armed forces and three other military officials to the Cayman Island for an extended period. As he announced the arrival of this military team on Monday, Governor Martyn Roper said they were coming to support the territory during the COVID-19 pandemic and as we approach […]

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Prisoners released to ease jail crowding

Prisoners released to ease jail crowding

| 20/04/2020 | 40 Comments

(CNS): The prison director has released on licence fourteen local prisoners who were approaching the end of their sentence or deemed to be low risk to reduce prison overcrowding and control the potential spread of the coronavirus at HMP Northward. Another four prisoners from overseas have also been released and deported on the flights to […]

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