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US authorities seized the supplies, which included four ventilators and 50,000 masks, from a container in Miami on Tuesday.

UPDATE: US authorities release Cayman medical supplies

Medical supplies purchased by the Health Services Authority have been confiscated by the United States Government, Premier Alden McLaughlin confirmed.

Money transfer services in limbo

Government has rejected one of two proposals for money transfer services to reopen during soft curfew hours.
Boxes of the test kits arrive on a private plane at the Owen Roberts International Airport on Wednesday morning.

Plans for widespread testing after $4.4M test-kit shipment

The Cayman Islands Hospital will soon have the capacity to test up to 500 people a day for the coronavirus, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has confirmed.

Lee: Self-assessment not a diagnosis

Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee is advising members of the public to continue to follow all COVID-19 health protocols even if they are cleared when using government’s self-assessment tool for the virus.

UPDATED: Easter Bunny exempted from curfew restrictions

It’s official, the Easter Bunny has been declared an essential worker and is now exempted from Cayman’s curfew hours.

Man charged for breaching curfew during dirt-bike pursuit

A 23-year-old Bodden Town man has been charged for breaking curfew and a several road offences.

Airports likely to remain closed until at least 30 May

Cayman's borders are likely to stay closed until the end of May, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Tuesday.

4 students among 6 new virus cases

The Cayman Islands has six new cases of the coronavirus, including four students who had been quarantined at a local hotel, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee announced today at the daily COVID-19 briefing.

First COVID deaths in Turks, Bermuda

The coronavirus has claimed two lives in Bermuda and one in Turks and Caicos, the first deaths involving residents in Britain’s overseas territories.

US$50,000 raised for community response to COVID-19

Deloitte staff and partners have donated US$50,000 to help Meals on Wheels and Feed Our Future continue to serve at-risk members of the community.

Emergency BA flight arrives in Cayman

A British Airways flights from London arrived at Grand Cayman’s airport Monday afternoon, carrying 58 Caymanian students and other residents, who will be quarantined for 14 days in a government-mandated facility.
Premier Alden McLaughlin

NAU applications on the rise

The demand for Needs Assessment Unit assistance by vulnerable Caymanians is increasing as some 136 new applications are set to be processed this week.

Ombudsman investigating dirt-biker arrest

The Ombudsman's Office has launched an investigation into the arrest of a 23-year-old Bodden Town man, who was taken into custody on Sunday following a police chase.

Multi-million dollar plan for small businesses, no new COVID cases

Government revealed details of a $14.5 million life support plan for small and micro businesses Monday as the coronavirus crisis continued to take its toll on the islands.

New COVID warning as British PM in intensive care

Premier Alden McLaughlin sent the best wishes of all in the Cayman Islands to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is in intensive care in hospital with the coronavirus.

Premier apologises to governor on behalf of Cayman for ‘vile’ voice note

Premier Alden McLaughlin has apologised to Governor Martyn Roper following what he termed a “disgusting behaviour” in an audio note which was circulated on social media over the weekend.

Baby shops allowed to open

Local baby shops are now allowed to operate under the new ‘shelter in place’ rules, Premier Alden McLaughlin announced.

Flimmaker uses 3D printers to make masks for medics

A Cayman Islands filmmaker is using cutting-edge 3D printers to create masks and other personal protective gear for medics on the frontline of the...
Test kit for COVID-19

True COVID-19 picture unknown

Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee has said the true picture of Cayman’s COVID-19 spread remains unknown as testing has been limited by World Health Organisation protocols, but he intends to widen testing locally when supplies increase.

Premier: Supermarkets assure Cayman’s food supply ‘in great shape’

Premier Alden McLaughlin has said local suppliers have advised him that Cayman is in a “great shape” when it comes to food as he addressed concerns over shortages in some supplies at local supermarkets.

Four new coronavirus cases, exercise rules clarified

The Cayman Islands has four new cases of the coronavirus, public health officials said Sunday.

Police investigate fake news involving governor’s wife

A police investigation has been launched into what Governor Martyn Roper called a “fake news attack”, alleging that his wife Lissie was travelling on Tuesday’s British Airways flight.

Curfews, closures and community concern across the territories

Britain’s overseas territories have responded to the coronavirus threat with border closures, curfews and community-wide initiatives to protect the most vulnerable citizens.

Durty Reid’s founder passes away

Charles Reid Dennis, the founder of the legendary Durty Reid’s Bar and Grill, passed away Saturday in St. Petersburg Florida.

Premier: Immigration status will not be issue during crisis

Prosecutions for immigration offences will not be carried out for the duration of the coronavirus crisis in the Cayman Islands, Premier Alden McLaughlin said during a Saturday press briefing.

Cuban doctors being recruited for Cayman frontline

A request has been sent to the Cuban government for between 50 to 100 Cuban medical professionals to be sent to Cayman to join local health care workers in the COVID-19 battle.

Ban on delivery room companions lifted

The Health Services Authority announced Sunday that it was reversing a decision banning mothers in labour from having the baby's father or another chosen companion with them in the delivery room.
Immigration & employment during the COVID-19 crisis

Immigration & employment Q&A roundup

Representatives from HSM Chambers joined us for a live Q&A, so you could have your questions answered directly by the experts.

6 new virus cases reported, first on Brac

The Cayman Islands has six new cases of coronavirus, including the first reported case on Cayman Brac, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee announced Saturday at the government’s daily briefing.

UPDATED: Police chase, arrest dirt-bike rider

A dirt-bike chase ended Saturday afternoon with police taking the rider into custody.

Prisoners released early during health crisis

A number of inmates nearing the end of their sentences have been released early from prison amid the COVID-19 crisis, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne confirmed Saturday.
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