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Governor asks UK to include OTs in vaccine passport app

Cayman should be included in any vaccine passport project used by the UK, Governor Martyn Roper announced today.
The premier said Cayman can reopen its borders once 70-80% of the entire population had been vaccinated.

70% of Cayman’s over-16s vaccinated

In its daily update, issued this afternoon (4 May), the Ministry of Health said that 70% of Cayman's population aged over 16 have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Pregnant women now encouraged to get vaccinated

The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has updated its guidance and now recommend that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as non-pregnant women.

Leader of the Opposition adds his voice to vaccination push

Leader of the Opposition Roy McTaggart is encouraging everyone across Cayman who has not yet been vaccinated to do so "as soon as possible". In...

183 vaccines delivered in last 24 hours

Just 183 vaccines have been administered in the past 24 hours, according to the daily COVID-19 update issued by the Ministry of Health.
All the samples are carefully labelled and bar-coded before they get to the lab.

Seven travellers test positive for COVID-19

According to the daily update issued by the Ministry of Health on Monday, seven people have tested positive for COVID-19, out of 561 tests carried out since Friday. 

After 13 months closed, Westin resort plans June reopening

The Westin resort on Seven Mile Beach, which has been closed to guests since March, is preparing to reopen for staycations from June.

Turks and Caicos makes COVID vaccines mandatory for work-permit holders

Covid-19 vaccinations have been made mandatory for work permit holders in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Prospect man to face court for quarantine breaches

Aaron Ronaldo Montemayor is expected to attend the Summary Court next month to answer charges of quarantine breach.

Governor urges more jabs as vaccination numbers taper off

Governor Martyn Roper has said the drop in COVID-19 vaccinations is concerning as he reiterated his call for more members of the public to get the jab.
The premier said Cayman can reopen its borders once 70-80% of the entire population had been vaccinated.

8,000 more adults must be vaccinated for 80% coverage

Cayman has administered a total of 60,637 vaccines with 33,544 people having received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. This equates to 52% of Cayman estimated population of 65,000.

More than 100 vaccinated at youth drive

Public health officials say 123 people aged between 16 and 24 received their COVID-19 vaccines at an inoculation drive and street party on Friday.

11 test positive for COVID-19

Out of a batch of 1,004 tests, 11 travellers returned positive results for COVID-19, according to the chief medical officer's report on Tuesday.

Police investigate quarantine breach

Police are investigating an alleged quarantine breach involving a traveller isolating at home and one other person, according to a press release issued on behalf of Travel Cayman. 
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Dr. John Lee: Bermuda’s spike in COVID cases ‘really worrying’

According to Bermuda's Ministry of Health, the territory recorded 108 positive COVID-19 cases on Monday.

12 new COVID cases in latest results

Of the 808 COVID-19 tests carried out since Friday, a dozen travellers have returned positive results, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported Monday.

Four travellers test positive for COVID

Cayman has registered four new cases of COVID -19 in its latest round of routine screening tests, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has reported.
Tourists relax on Grand Cayman's Seven Mile Beach

When will enough people be vaccinated to reopen Cayman’s borders?

Cayman's vaccine rollout is progressing fast, but even that may not be enough to quickly reach the targets currently set for a border reopening.

Seven test positive for COVID-19

Seven people have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the chief medical officer's daily report.

New quarantine requirements enacted

From today, Cayman's new quarantine requirements for arriving vaccinated travellers are in effect.
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41% of Cayman’s total population receive first vaccine dose

According to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee's daily COVID-19 update, 41% – or 26,321 – of the jurisdiction's total population have received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 

Hospitals say COVID delayed sending of outstanding bills

Patients recently have been receiving a flurry of hospital bills that date back months, and even years, from CTMH Doctors Hospital and the Health Services Authority.

Open Cayman to vaccinated visitors

While I understand the premier’s first responsibility regarding COVID-19 is the safety of the Cayman people, I do question why decisions seem to have...

WHO urges world not to halt vaccinations as AstraZeneca shot divides Europe

The World Health Organization appealed to countries on Monday not to pause vaccination campaigns after two more European nations and one in Asia joined a handful which have suspended use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine over safety fears.

A year of COVID-19

A year ago, on 12 March, a solemn-faced Premier Alden McLaughlin announced at a press briefing that Cayman had its first COVID-19 case.

Almost 1,000 get health insurance support

Just under 1,000 displaced Caymanian workers have received assistance through government's Health Insurance Premiums Payment Assistance Programme, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour has confirmed.

Governor: Quarantine breach prosecutions ‘complex’

In the wake of a fresh quarantine breach this week and a lack of convictions for the offence, since last year's high-profile sentencing of Skylar Mack and Vanjae Ramgeet, the Governor stressed it was important to let the judicial process "run its course".

Negative COVID-19 tests now mandatory before arrival in Jamaica

The Jamaican government has issued new travel requirements, which make it mandatory for all people aged 12 and older to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test at least 72 hours before their flight.

Jamaica, Cuba face worst COVID-19 outbreaks yet

While global new infections start to decline, a handful of countries across the Caribbean are suffering their worst outbreaks since the start of the pandemic.

Cayman’s over-60s inch closer to vaccination target

To date, 90% of people aged over 70 and 85% of those over 60 have now had at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported Monday. 

Six new COVID-19 positive cases among travellers

A further six people have tested positive for COVID-19 today, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

Seven positive COVID-19 cases among travellers

Cayman has recorded seven new positive COVID-19 cases today, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee's daily update.

Next shipment of COVID vaccines confirmed

Cayman's fourth shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines will arrive on 11 March, Governor Martyn Roper has confirmed.

CARICOM insists on equitable distribution of vaccines

As regional neighbours begin the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, 14 independent CARICOM states have insisted, in a resolution adopted Wednesday, on the equitable distribution of doses.

3 new COVID cases among travellers

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee, in his latest COVID-19 update, reported that of the 500 tests carried out since Friday, three were positive.

Two new suspected quarantine breaches investigated

Police have confirmed that they are investigating two new suspected quarantine breaches, but declined to provide details of those latest incidents.

15K COVID-19 vaccine doses arrive

Cayman has five new COVID-19 cases, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has confirmed, hours after the arrival of Cayman's largest shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 from the United Kingdom.

Britain tightens travel restrictions with hotel quarantine and prison threat

Britain said it would bring in tighter border controls next week against new variants of the coronavirus, requiring hotel quarantine for arrivals and threatening rule-breakers with up to 10 years in jail and fines.

Side effects of COVID crisis impacting health system

The aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken to fight it are causing a wave of secondary health impacts across the Cayman Islands.

Travel Cayman: ‘Software error’ resulted in quarantine breach

Travel Cayman has blamed a suspected quarantine breach in Windsor Park on a software glitch after a traveller was taken to a private home instead of a government-approved isolation facility.

Housebound patients receive vaccines

As part of Cayman's national vaccination programme, 76 homebound patients received their COVID-19 inoculation on Tuesday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said in a release issued Wednesday.

UK plans tough new border measures to combat coronavirus

Britain will announce new tougher border measures on Wednesday to stop new variants of COVID-19 getting into the country, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said as he promised to deliver a roadmap out of lockdowns that have shuttered much of the economy.

Johnson: English lockdown set to last until at least March

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated Wednesday the COVID-19 lockdown in England would last until 8 March when schools could start to reopen as the government announced new measures to clamp down on travel to and from Britain.

Hospitalised COVID-19 patient improves, one new case announced

Cayman's lone hospitalised COVID-19 patient will be released from medical care today, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee confirmed.
Health Services Authority forensic laboratory.

COVID-19 patient hospitalised; in stable condition

A traveller who tested positive for COVID-19 has been admitted to the Critical Care Unit (CCU) at the Health Services Authority from quarantine, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee confirmed Saturday.

Cayman checks for UK COVID variant

Cayman has sent samples overseas for testing to detect the new UK COVID-19 variant, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has confirmed.

UK COVID-19 variant found in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health officials have confirmed their first case of the highly infectious UK COVID-19 variant.

Outdoor public gatherings extended to 1,000

New regulations are doubling the number of people that can gather at outdoor public places, and extending restrictions on travel between the three Cayman Islands for three months, until 15 April.

Too early to say when COVID-19 lockdown will end, Johnson says

It is too early to say when the national coronavirus lockdown in England will end, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday, as daily deaths from COVID-19 reach new highs and hospitals become increasingly stretched.

New COVID-19 variant defeats plasma treatment, may reduce vaccine efficacy

The new COVID-19 variant identified in South Africa can evade the antibodies that attack it in treatments using blood plasma from previously recovered patients, and may reduce the efficacy of the current line of vaccines, scientists said on Wednesday.

Six travellers test positive for COVID-19

Six travellers have test positive for COVID-19 and are now in isolation where they will remain until they are considered to have recovered, so said Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee on Friday 15 Jan.

Mack, Ramgeet released from prison

Skylar Mack has returned to the United States after she and her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, were released from prison.

Cayman travellers to UK required to isolate

Those travelling from the Cayman Islands to the United Kingdom will now be required to isolate as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the UK will be suspending its travel corridor initiative from Monday, 18 Jan.

Travellers adjust to new pre-testing requirement

Starting Thursday, Cayman will require a negative COVID-19 test from all travellers 72 hours prior to entry, a move that has triggered changes in travel plans for some and concern for others.

Suspected local COVID-19 transmission may be false positive

Local health officials have flagged a possible community transmission COVID-19 case in the latest screening results after a traveller who cleared quarantine tested positive for the virus at a private hospital.

Vaccine roll-out starts Thursday

With Cayman's first batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines now on island, Premier Alden McLaughlin has said government will commence its national vaccination plan Thursday when he and Governor Martyn Roper takes the inaugural jabs.

Nine travellers test positive for COVID-19

Nine travellers have tested positive out of the latest batch of COVID-19 tests conducted since Thursday, 31 Dec., according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

Quarantine breaches remain under investigation

Four cases of alleged quarantine breaches remain under investigation by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Travel Cayman has confirmed.

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Four new COVID cases flagged

Four asymptomatic travellers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee's latest report.

COVID increases anxiety, holiday blues

Local psychologists have noted an increase in mental health challenges and expect it to continue over the holiday period as travel remains limited due to health protocols.

8 new COVID cases among travellers

Eight travellers have tested positive for COVID-19 since Christmas Eve, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

Quarantine staff was amazing

We just completed our quarantine. What people need to know is how amazing the government and the staff supporting this initiative have been. I...

4-month sentence was appropriate

I found the four-month prison sentence given to Ms. Skylar Mack for violating quarantine to be entirely appropriate. Actually, I find it lenient, and...

US travellers must abide by the rules

I did not know where else to write, so because of your very good reporting and written story, I believe your government was correct...

6 new COVID cases among arrivals

There are six new COVID-19 cases among travellers arriving on island.

Quarantine-breach sentence appealed

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on Monday appealed a Summary Court sentence for a couple who pleaded guilty to breaking COVID-19-suppression regulations.

What’s the plan for reopening Cayman to tourism?

Interesting article about the upcoming vaccine distribution (see Premier: Reopening plans hinge on COVID vaccine programme). Yet not one word was said about opening...

Gov’t to appeal sentences for quarantine breach

Government will be appealing the community-service sentences meted out to Skylar Mack and Vanjae Ramgeet following a quarantine breach that occurred last month, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson told Parliament Thursday.

Vaccinated travellers to be exempted from quarantine

Although being vaccinated against COVID-19 will form part of Cayman's new border-entry protocols in the new year, the inoculation will not be mandatory.

No timetable yet on COVID-19 vaccines for Cayman

Even as the UK rolled out its vaccination campaign on Tuesday using the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, there is no word yet on when Cayman will follow suit.

$2,600 payment ordered for quarantine costs in breach case

Skylar Mack and Vanjae Ramgeet, have both been ordered to pay $2,600 each to the Cayman Islands government, and to complete 40 hours of community service for a quarantine breach that occurred last month.

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