Tag: Martyn Roper

Gov sets COVID testing target at 500-600 per day

Gov sets COVID testing target at 500-600 per day

| 08/04/2020 | 18 Comments

(CNS): With the arrival of 165,000 test kits from South Korea on Wednesday and another 35,000 en route, Governor Martyn Roper said the Cayman Islands would now be able to step up testing to between 500 and 600 per day. He said the increase in the target for testing would form part of the strategy […]

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$4M worth of Korean COVID-19 test kits arrive

$4M worth of Korean COVID-19 test kits arrive

| 08/04/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): A chartered plane brought 165,000 coronavirus test kits to the Cayman Islands on Wednesday, and another 35,000 are on their way via London. The kits cost US$4.4 million (US$22 per kit), half of which was paid for by a wealthy resident. If Cayman can ramp up testing, this could be the pathway to lifting […]

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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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False rumour aimed at governor triggers probe

False rumour aimed at governor triggers probe

| 06/04/2020 | 62 Comments

(CNS): A viral voice note making unfounded allegations against the governor and his wife and a false conspiracy theory about the real motivation for the British Airways emergency flight is now under police investigation. Governor Martyn Roper made it clear on Sunday that his wife will not be on that flight, as she remains in […]

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Aircraft sourced to bring 200k test

Aircraft sourced to bring 200k test

| 03/04/2020 | 91 Comments

(CNS): The 200,000 test kits that the Cayman Islands government has ordered from a South Korean company will be ready for delivery next Wednesday, and Governor Martyn Roper said he believes that a means of getting them here has been identified. He also said that, despite getting so many kits, government will not be forcing […]

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Population details still in question

Population details still in question

| 02/04/2020 | 26 Comments

(CNS): The current population and demographics of the Cayman Islands are uncertain, as the most recent figures have not yet been released. The estimated population in the Spring 2019 Labour Force Survey by the Economics and Statistics Office was around 68,000, but some estimates indicate that the real figure could have been as many as […]

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COVID-19 positive cases in Cayman grow

COVID-19 positive cases in Cayman grow

| 01/04/2020 | 85 Comments

(CNS): Another eight people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Cayman but only one of this latest group has no travel history. The other seven are people who have returned from overseas recently or are in households with returners who have previously tested positive. At this stage, we have 22 positive cases, three of which […]

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Emergency travel hotline goes live

Emergency travel hotline goes live

| 24/03/2020 | 4 Comments

(CNS): A new emergency travel hotline has been established by the governor’s office in an effort to help people here who may need to leave the islands for emergencies in the face of the airport closure. The number is 244 3333 and will be staffed Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. It is only for […]

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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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Work permit holders may become stranded

Work permit holders may become stranded

| 18/03/2020 | 166 Comments

(CNS): The premier has said it is possible that government will have to accommodate and support stranded, jobless work permit holders, who may find it very difficult to get flights home as COVID-19 takes hold around the world. While Cayman Airways has said it has the capacity to get people home to Jamaica, Miami and […]

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Bush heading to London to discuss ‘the incident’

Bush heading to London to discuss ‘the incident’

| 25/02/2020 | 235 Comments

(CNS): The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly is flying to London on Wednesday, where he will meet up with Premier Alden McLaughlin to discuss the statement he issued on Monday about his alleged assault of a woman, in which he admitted that he had significant physical and mental health problems. They will also discuss how […]

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