Coronavirus

  • Photo of Ensure Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Fight Against COVID-19 – CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability

    Ensure Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Fight Against COVID-19 – CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Special Rapporteur on Disability, Senator Dr. Floyd Morris, is calling on regional governments to ensure that special measures are put in place to protect persons with disabilities against the Corona Virus. According to Senator Morris – “It is incumbent for governments within the region to ensure that persons with disabilities who are among the most vulnerable…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Agri Ministers Meet To Craft COVID-19 Food Security Position

    CARICOM Agri Ministers Meet To Craft COVID-19 Food Security Position

    As countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) intensify safety measures in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, CARICOM Ministers of Agriculture meet 19 March 2020 to chart a food and nutrition security and availability response. The Ministers will hold a via videoconference anchored at the CARICOM Secretariat in Georgetown, Guyana beginning at 10am (Eastern). The CARICOM Secretariat…

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  • Photo of CARPHA Upgrades the Risk of Transmission of Coronavirus in the Caribbean to ‘Moderate to High’

    CARPHA Upgrades the Risk of Transmission of Coronavirus in the Caribbean to ‘Moderate to High’

    While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Caribbean thus far, transmission of the virus has been reported in territories with direct flights to Caribbean States.  Therefore, due to the current increased risk of importation of COVID-19 to the Region, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has upgraded the risk of coronavirus disease transmission from low, to…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Heads Recognise Covid-19 Economic Threat, Maintain Risk of Regional Transmission Low

    CARICOM Heads Recognise Covid-19 Economic Threat, Maintain Risk of Regional Transmission Low

    The CARICOM Heads of Government have recognised the risk of the novel corona-virus (Covid-19) to the Region but are also satisfied that the current risk of transmission is low. In a Communique issued after the hosting of the Thirty-First Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government on 19 February 2020, in Barbados, the Heads outlined that an outbreak…

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  • Photo of Regional Response to Novel Corona-virus is ‘Regionalism Working’ – Prime Minister Chastanet

    Regional Response to Novel Corona-virus is ‘Regionalism Working’ – Prime Minister Chastanet

    Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Outgoing Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of  CARICOM, Hon. Allan Chastanet, has lauded the Region’s response to the Novel Corona-virus as “regionalism working”. The Prime Minister said the approach reminded him of the importance of being part of a group that in times of emergency had your back. He expressed gratitude…

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  • Photo of CARICOM SG commends regional response on COVID 19

    CARICOM SG commends regional response on COVID 19

    CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has commended the health emergency response mechanism engineered by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) to keep the Community free of the novel coronavirus (COVID 19). Secretary-General LaRocque said the inter-agency collaboration that is taking place is another example of the co-ordination required to address the challenges to integration. The SG was speaking at the…

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  • Photo of CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory is Ready to Respond to 2019-nCoV

    CARPHA Medical Microbiology Laboratory is Ready to Respond to 2019-nCoV

    In the event of a 2019-nCoV outbreak in the Region, the reference medical microbiology laboratory (CMML) at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is ready and fully equipped to test samples of suspected cases of the virus.       There are no direct commercial flights to the Caribbean from China, and travellers to the Region are screened multiple times…

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  • Photo of The UWI Activates Coronavirus Response Plan

    The UWI Activates Coronavirus Response Plan

    Today, The UWI will host a Vice-Chancellor’s Forum which will offer informed analysis and perspectives. The  programme will include remarks from Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and feature UWI health experts along with Dr Joy St. John, CARPHA’s Executive Director.It begins at 1:00 pm (Jamaica)/2:00 pm (Eastern Caribbean) at The UWI Regional Headquarters, and will be carried live on UWItv’s…

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  • Photo of CARPHA: Coronovirus risk ‘low’ here but ‘be prepared’

    CARPHA: Coronovirus risk ‘low’ here but ‘be prepared’

    (Barbados Today) The risk of a new, mysterious strain of Coronavirus to the Caribbean is “low” but public health officials need to be prepared for a possible outbreak here, said Dr Joy St John, the former chief medical officer of Barbados who is now the head of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that…

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  • Photo of Risk of Coronavirus in Caribbean ‘low’ says CARPHA

    Risk of Coronavirus in Caribbean ‘low’ says CARPHA

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago – As at 9th January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified by Chinese authorities. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. Joy St. John said “Presently, there have been no confirmed cases or reports of the 2019-nCoV…

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