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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.

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.

Three new COVID-19 positives recorded in latest batch of tests

Cayman's COVID-19 confirmed cases have increased by three based on the latest testing report from Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee on Thursday.

3 new COVID cases among travellers

There are three new positive COVID-19 cases among the latest round of tests, health officials said Tuesday.

Tourism businesses launch ‘reopen Cayman’ campaign

Tourism leaders have launched a ‘Reopen Cayman’ campaign in an effort to convince the public and the government that a clear plan is needed to restart the industry.

Another traveller tests positive for COVID-19

One new confirmed COVID-19 case has been found out of 481 tests conducted since Monday, 23 Nov., reported Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez.

Travellers fined $1,000 each for quarantine violations

Two people have been fined $1,000 each for multiple quarantine violations.

UK orders 350 million COVID vaccines; Cayman among OTs to benefit

Britain has ordered over 350 million doses of the Oxford University and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, which will also be extended to Overseas Territories including Cayman, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday.

Home quarantine breach under investigation

An isolating traveller has been warned for intended prosecution after an alleged breach of quarantine protocols, Government Information Services reported Sunday night.

Traveller tests positive for COVID, as isolation numbers near 1,000

Cayman's confirmed COVID-19 patients increased by one Thursday as the number of individuals quarantining neared 1,000.

No new COVID cases reported, one patient remains symptomatic

Cayman's active COVID-19 cases remained unchanged at 14 as Medical Officer of Health Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez reported no new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday.

Cayman’s 2nd COVID-19 death confirmed

Health officials have confirmed the second coronavirus-related death in the Cayman Islands. 

SeaDream halts Caribbean cruise as passengers test positive for COVID-19

SeaDream Yacht Club has halted a cruise in the Caribbean following several positive coronavirus tests among passengers, the company said on Friday.

Cuba reopens Havana airport ahead of tourism high season

Havana airport will open to regular commercial flights on Sunday after being closed for seven and a half months due to the coronavirus pandemic

UK confirmed COVID-19 deaths surge past 50,000

The United Kingdom passed 50,000 deaths linked to COVID-19 on Wednesday, with a recent rise in infections leading to a new grim milestone for the European country hit hardest by the pandemic.

Class of COVID-19: Pandemic is shaping future of Cayman’s graduates

This generation of Cayman Islands students is graduating into a changed world amid the ongoing impact of the pandemic. COVID-19 has brought disruption, anxiety and mental health challenges for young people but it is also shaping a desire to make their world and their island a better place.

Anxiety and hope for class of 2020

Teachers and counsellors at Cayman’s high schools watched their students graduate in the midst of a pandemic with a mixture of anxiety, pride and hope for their futures.

Barbados adds Cayman to its COVID high-risk list

Barbados has added the Cayman Islands to its list of countries and jurisdictions considered to be high risk for COVID-19.

Johnson locks down England as UK COVID-19 cases pass 1 million

Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered England back into a national lockdown after the UK passed the milestone of 1 million COVID-19 cases, and a second wave of infections threatened to overwhelm the health service.

Britain says it is doing everything it can to avoid national lockdown

Britain will do everything it can to avoid ordering a second national COVID-19 lockdown because it believes it will do more harm than good to the country, a minister said on Thursday.

National Gallery calls on photographers for exhibition project

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, in collaboration with the Cayman Islands government, has launched a 'call for photographers' for a forthcoming virtual...

Myths vs. facts about coronavirus

There are many rumours circulating about coronavirus. Here we address a few of them.

Britain puts more areas into lockdown as cases rise

Britain put more of northwest England into the highest COVID alert level on Friday in the face of rising case numbers.

‘Things will get worse’: London goes into stricter lockdown

London, the world's international financial capital, will enter a tighter COVID-19 lockdown from midnight on Friday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson seeks to tackle a swiftly accelerating second coronavirus wave.

England’s pubs ponder pasties to beat lockdown curbs

Pub owners across England's COVID-19 hotspots were on Tuesday pondering a question that could decide if they survive or sink due to the coronavirus lockdown: when is a pub a pub, and when does it become a restaurant?

Dr. Lee: Red Bay COVID-19 case requires further investigation

A Red Bay Primary School student who tested positive for COVID-19 produced “weakly positive” results, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee on Friday afternoon.

New COVID-19 case confirmed in recent traveller

One new COVID-19 case was confirmed among the 342 tests conducted since Wednesday, reported Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

Suspected isolation breach results in arrest

Public Health is investigating a suspected breach of COVID-19-isolation protocol involving a recent traveller and a local resident, according to a government statement released Thursday morning.

Hospitalised COVID patient in stable condition

One of Cayman's two active COVID-19 cases remains hospitalised in stable condition, Government Information Services has confirmed.

COVID patient hospitalised

Cayman's most recent COVID-19 case has been hospitalised, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported Monday.

Negotiating Bermuda’s borders

Clutching her travel-authorisation documents in a latex-gloved hand, Lisa Beauchamp stepped into the arrivals hall at Bermuda’s airport. Travel in the COVID-19 world is fraught...

New regs increase public gatherings to 500

Government has raised the limit on public gatherings, doubling the maximum from 250 to 500 people, in Cayman's latest round of COVID-19 regulations.

Premier: ‘We can’t risk recovery by opening to tourists too soon’

The Cayman Islands has two new cases of COVID-19, both involving travellers and including one person who is experiencing mild symptoms associated with the virus.

No new positives in latest COVID results

Cayman's latest batch of COVID-19 tests have returned all negative results.

Amendment proposes higher fines for COVID-19 breaches

A proposed amendment to the Public Health Law could see fines for COVID-19 breaches increased from $1,000 to $10,000 as government moves closer to its phased border reopening.

Consumer prices up 1% in the second quarter

Consumer prices increased by 1% in the second quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2019, as higher food and drinks prices were mostly offset by lower fuel and transportation costs.

COVID update: One new case in latest results

The Cayman Islands has one new case of COVID-19, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee announced today.

Cuba punches above weight with ‘white coat army’ during pandemic

Nearly 40 countries across five continents have received Cuban medics during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the island nation - home to just over 11 million inhabitants - has once more punched far above its weight in medical diplomacy.

Woman with COVID-19 briefly released from quarantine, re-isolated

One of Cayman’s two latest COVID-19 cases was released from quarantine and later had to be recalled into isolation, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee has confirmed.

Radiation on trial in Florida as COVID-19 treatment

Researchers in the United States are exploring the potential for a low-dose radiation treatment to alleviate symptoms in COVID-19 patients who develop pneumonia. Doctors are hopeful the treatment could work in an anti-inflammatory manner and reduce the need for mechanical ventilation.

Students facing new norms as schools reopen

After nearly a week of phased-in returns of students across all public schools, pupils are back in their classrooms where they have been greeted with several new health and safety requirements.

New arrival thankful for all involved with quarantine

I just wanted to write a message to pass on my thanks to everyone involved with Travel Time, airport arrivals, the police and quarantine...

Praise for Cayman’s COVID response

Unlike the US, we must applaud the Cayman Islands authorities for their understanding and respect for each other’s life as COVID-19 rages throughout the...

No positive results in latest COVID-19 test batch

A day after government lifted restrictions on social distancing and the wearing of face masks, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported Cayman's latest streak of COVID-19-negative test results continued.

Cayman joins line-up for COVID-19 vaccines

Cayman is one of 150 countries that have signed up for the global COVAX facility which will allow for guaranteed, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said on Tuesday.

Mask requirements lifted, public gatherings increase under new COVID-19 rules

New COVID-19-suppression regulations, set to be announced today, will see the lifting of masks requirements for inside public places and changes to public-gathering limitations including weddings and funerals.

Latest COVID tests all return negative results

Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported on Monday afternoon that of the 264 COVID-19 tests carried out since Friday, 21 Aug., all have returned negative results.

2 positive COVID cases reported among incoming travellers

For the first time in 37 days, Cayman Islands health officials have announced that there are two new positive COVID-19 cases among the latest batch of tests.

COVID antibodies found in 2.5% of tests

Health officials stated today that 2.5% of people who have undergone COVID-19 antibody tests have previously had the virus.

Members of public can book free COVID tests online

From today (17 Aug.), members of the public can schedule their free COVID screening tests online via a new appointment booking system launched by the Health Services Authority.

35 days of COVID-free test results

None of the latest batch of COVID-19 tests have returned positive, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee, as Cayman continues its streak of coronavirus-free days.

Finance Minister: No direct taxation considered

Refuting reports that direct taxation may be needed to deal with the fiscal impact of a global economic recession, Finance Minister Roy McTaggart said Cayman’s “indirect tax regime is well established and supports robust levels of economic activity".

Finding love under the shadow of a pandemic

COVID-19 has changed many things, including how people interact and socialise, and it is impacting Cayman’s local dating scene.

COVID-19 takes toll on relationships

Relationships by nature are stressful but throw a pandemic into the mix, add a dash of hefty restrictions and the result is a cocktail for heartbreak, as some couples are now discovering.

More restrictions may be lifted as Cayman remains COVID-free for a month

Cayman could see a further lifting of COVID-19 restrictions as early as next week after a month of no new coronavirus cases.

Study ranks face masks from best to worst

Researchers at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, have tested the effectiveness of a variety of masks, using a simple droplet experiment to determine...

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