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April 20, 2020
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Beachgoers wear face masks as they walk along a path yesterday in Miami Beach, Florida.
AP Photo Beachgoers wear face masks as they walk along a path yesterday in Miami Beach, Florida.


Gov't relaxes some curfew restrictions

Grenada's Health Minister, Nicholas Steele, says the island has contained the spread of COVID-19 in communities throughout the island and there is now need for everyone to continue living "the new normal lifestyles" so that the island can maintain its no-new-case and no-death profile.

"We cannot afford to drop our guard. We cannot afford to be less disciplined, and we cannot resort to old ways, which would threaten public health," said Steele, who was speaking during a virtual news conference last Saturday.

He also called on Grenadians to practise proper hygiene, maintain a physical distance of six feet when possible, and wear a face covering.

Grenada has been in lockdown with a curfew restricting the movement of citizens since March 25.

The curfew will be lifted from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (local time) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Public transportation will be not be allowed, and it will be a violation of the regulation to have more than two persons in a vehicle.


LIAT extends suspension of services

Regional carrier LIAT will be extending the suspension of passenger services to May 15, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to CEO Julie Reifer-Jones, the extension was based on a review by the board of directors and executive management of the airline.

"Several destinations have extended their border closures and instituted strict travel restrictions, which means that passengers are unable to travel," she said.

Reifer-Jones, however, noted that the Antigua and Barbuda-based airline was still operating cargo flights to several destinations.

The airline has issued an updated travel advisory for all affected passengers.

Passengers booked during the period of suspension will automatically have their bookings cancelled and will receive full credit. Passengers will be able to rebook as soon as the airline resumes passenger services.


Fuel and US currency seized by Coast Guard

An investigation has been launched following the recent seizure of a large quantity of US currency and six barrels of fuel by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG).

In a statement late Friday, the TTCG said while conducting border security patrols, it intercepted a vessel named Rebecca off the south-west coast of the twin-island republic.

Two male Trinidad and Tobago nationals and two male foreign nationals onboard the vessel.

Upon searching the vessel, a large quantity of US currency was discovered, along with six barrels of fuel and a small quantity of a plant-like substance.

The vessel, its contents and the persons were handed over to representatives of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Customs and Excise Division and Immigration Division.


Guyana records seventh COVID-19 death

Guyana has recorded another COVID-19 death, bringing the country's tally to seven.

The Ministry of Public Health yesterday confirmed that the person died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation's intensive care unit (ICU).

In an update last Saturday, the ministry had indicated that there were five persons in the ICU.

The first case of COVID-19 that was registered in the country on March 11 was imported by a 52-year-old woman who had travelled from New York to Guyana.

To date, a total of 305 persons have been tested, with 242 of those testing negative.

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