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[post_content] => Jamaica has now confirmed 53 cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, gave an update at a press conference on Friday (April 3) at Jamaica House.
“This follows six new additions over the last 48 hours,” he said.
The new cases are: a 58-year-old male from Manchester, who is a contact of a confirmed case; a 57-year-old male from Kingston and St. Andrew, who is the contact of a confirmed case; a 40-year-old male from Kingston and St. Andrew, whose mode of transmission is currently under investigation; a 23-year-old male from Clarendon, who is the contact of a confirmed case; a 42-year-old male from Clarendon, who has a travel history to the United States; and a 22-year-old female from Clarendon, who is the contact of a confirmed case.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton informed that five persons have been released from hospital over the last 48 hours following their recovery from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recovered patients to seven, to date.
The Minister said he visited with three persons who were released today from the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), including patient one.
“They have fully recovered,” he said.
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[post_content] => [caption id="attachment_236665" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A view of a section of Papine in St. Andrew on Thursday (April 2), the second night of the all-island curfew imposed by the Government to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The curfew will run for seven days, from April 1 to 8, between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_236664" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A police mobile unit patrols the intersection of South Avenue and Constant Spring Road in Kingston on Thursday (April 2), the second night of the all-island curfew imposed by the Government to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The curfew will run for seven days, from April 1 to 8, between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_236662" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Police officers on duty along Heywood Street in downtown Kingston on Wednesday (April 1), during the first night of the all-island curfew imposed by the Government to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The curfew will run for seven days, from April 1 to 8, between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.[/caption]
 
[caption id="attachment_236661" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) patrol the Parade area of downtown Kingston on Wednesday (April 1), during the first night of the all-island curfew imposed by the Government to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The curfew will run for seven days, from April 1 to 8, between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.[/caption]
[post_title] => PHOTOS: COVID-19 Curfew
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[post_content] => Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the House of Representatives is expected to commence deliberations on the Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme regulations at its next sitting.
Speaking during a digital media briefing at the Ministry on Thursday (April 2), Mr. Bartlett indicated that he tabled a motion in the House on March 31, seeking to bring the regulations, which are critical to the scheme’s administration, into effect.
“So, the debate will take place when the House meets again, then it will be approved and that will be behind us, so that once we get back on track (after the coronavirus (COVID-19) has passed, the pension programme will be in place,” he noted.
Mr. Bartlett advised that the initial $250 million of the $1 billion committed to the scheme by the Government has been paid over to the fund manager, Sagicor Jamaica Limited.
He said the Board of Trustees’ appointment of the fund manager and administrator, Guardian Life Limited, coupled with the House’s approval of the regulations, will pave the way for the Scheme’s implementation “to begin immediately as we turn around [from COVID-19].”
The Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme is in keeping with the Government’s focus on creating a social security network within the sector.
It is one component of a three-pronged human capital development plan for industry workers, which includes training and capacity building.
The Scheme is a defined contributory plan supported by legislation and will require mandatory contributions by workers and employers.
It will cover all workers in the tourism sector, aged 18 to 59, whether permanent, contractual or self-employed.
These include hotel workers as well as persons employed in related industries, such as craft vendors, tour operators, red cap porters, contract carriage operators and workers at attractions.
Benefits will be payable at age 65 years or older to persons who have met the vested period of five years.
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