CNW90 January 13, 2021 – Caribbean Information

So, looking at some of the top stories to be released in your South Florida Caribbean-American community today, January 13th, I’m … for CNW 90.

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To stop the spread of COVID-19, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County is reminding everyone to practice social distancing, washing their hands frequently with soap and water, and covering their nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing .

On the newscast, numerous Broward teachers step down after being ordered to return to work. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness says rich countries are hoarding vaccines and Prime Minister of Trinidad, Dr. Keith Rowley, recovering from heart surgery.

Now for the news in detail

Broward students were back in the classroom on Monday, but dozens of teachers were missing from some schools. In December, Broward County’s public school teachers and non-teaching staff were told that anyone still working remotely would have to report on their personal assignments in January. Since then, almost 100 employees have decided to retire. As of Monday, more than 100 others took vacation or called in sick, most of whom are teachers. This comes just days after the Broward Teachers Union sued the school district over the return to work mandate. The union argues that hundreds of school district employees have serious medical conditions and should not be exposed to COVID-19.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has blamed the slow adoption of COVID-19 vaccines on the rich countries hoarding the gunfire. Jamaica is one of the many countries around the world that have joined the COVAX facility, a global collaboration that ensures poor countries have equal access to vaccines. Wealthy nations like the United States, China, and Russia have not supported the global effort. During an interview with Bloomberg, Holness said that rich countries have slowed global vaccination efforts by hoarding the shots only for their people. Jamaica is expected to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in April, but only 16% of the population will be vaccinated this year.

And in Trinidad and Tobago,

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley is back home recovering from heart surgery over the weekend. He was admitted last Friday after complaining of discomfort.

In a statement on Saturday, the Prime Minister’s Office said: “The Prime Minister underwent an angiogram and subsequent angioplasty, which went well.” Rowley was released from the hospital on Sunday and rested comfortably in his official residence.

For more information on these and other stories, see Make sure to pick up the copy of our Caribbean National Weekly this week at your nearest Caribbean-American outlet.

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