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COVID protest hits Bermuda
Dozens of people yesterday took part in a rally against the government of Bermuda's promotion of COVID-19 vaccinations and continued imposition of public health restrictions.
The death toll from the disease is 29, with 17 persons dying since April 1.
In what was dubbed the "Bermuda Freedom Car/Bike Rally", protesters were asked to assemble on Front Street in the capital before driving around the island. It is estimated that almost 200 cars, plus 20 motorcycles, took part in the rally. Many of the cars appeared to be filled with families.
Vehicles were adorned with signs, some of which said: "My Body Belongs to God", "Don't Segregate Us", "All Jobs Are Essential, Reopen" and "Revoke Emergency Powers".
Mark Roberts, an organiser, said the aim was to "send a message to the government that we've had enough of these restrictions".
He added: "We're law-abiding citizens who want to have our own freedom of choice. I'm not against vaccination, but I believe people should be able to make their own informed decision. That's not what's going on here."
Bermuda remains under an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. (local time) curfew with 540 active cases of COVID-19, down from a recent high of 904. There are 25 people in hospital with the disease, with four patients in intensive care.
Trinidad resumes vaccination programme
People under the age of 60 with non-communicable diseases, including those with asthma, will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination when Trinidad and Tobago resumes its inoculation programme today.
The country's ministry of health has advised that individuals with comorbidities such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and cancer, should consult their physician before taking the vaccine.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram assured those who already received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine that they will receive their second dose. This follows the announcement by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley last week that the government will use the remaining vaccines as first doses.
Cheddi Jagan International gets state-of-the-art equipment
Guyana's Minister of Public Works Juan Edghill on Saturday commissioned over a new set of screening equipment at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).
The state-of-the-art equipment will help the airport security staff to detect threats to civil aviation quickly, and aid law enforcement in its fight against narco-trafficking.
According to Edghill, the new machines have automatic detection capabilities and will allow the screener to manipulate and further examine anomalies detected in passenger luggage.
Based on the upgrade, there will be no need for passengers to clear arrivals immigration and be escorted to the departures' terminal to board their connecting flights.
It was also announced that in the near future, the Airport Corporation will install body cameras for its security staff, and bottle scanners for liquids.