Caribbean L 18 ife, MARCH 19-25, 2021
Jamaica recorded its highest
number of daily COVID-19 cases, with
723 cases reported across the island in
24 hours a week ago.
The Ministry of
Health said this brings
the total number of
confirmed cases to
In addition, there
were seven additional death that week,
bringing the total to 453.
Minister of Health, Dr. Christopher
Tufton said that the public health system
is faced with a crisis as it continues
to battle the pandemic.
He was referring to a spike in the
number of cases a few days before,
when it was then reported that more
than 500 persons had tested positive.
He noted the virus is rampant in
the population in almost every community
across the country and in
fact, very worryingly, the trend suggests
that it will get worse before it
The health minister also said that
he will be taking the latest numbers
to the Cabinet where he will point to
the impact the pandemic is having on
the public health system.
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister,
Dr. Keith Rowley is calling on
the new United States government
to begin dialogue aimed at removing
sanctions against Venezuela.
He said these sanctions are contributing
to a widespread humanitarian
crisis in the Caribbean.
Speaking virtually as chairman of
CARICOM, Dr. Rowley said the entire
Caribbean would benefit from significant
thawing of the relationship
between Cuba and the US.
“Cuba is the Caribbean, Venezuela
is the Caribbean. We
know the nature of the
issues and the history
of the challenges in
both areas, however we
are very disappointed
when the US recently reversed the
very welcome, halting steps towards
normalization of the relationship; and
most recently the announcement of
the unconvincing designation of Cuba
as a terrorist-sponsoring state,” Dr.
“As for the Venezuelan relationship,
we would like to see a dispassionate
early review of the US ‘scorched earth
policy,'” he added.
Dr. Rowley revealed that early in
his tenure his government succeeded
in convincing Venezuela to export its
natural gas. However, he said, everything
fell through because of US
— Compiled by Azad Ali
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