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Requests for Cayman test kits grows

Premier Alden McLaughlin has said Cayman has fielded requests for test kits from at least six different countries within the region.

Cayman Brac Power: No disconnections on Sister Islands

Cayman Brac Power General Manager Jonathan Tibbetts has assured that the sister island power supplier is not engaging in any disconnections.

Public, COVID-19 patients urged to secure waste properly

Health Minister Dwayne Seymour has issued a warning to the public to properly secure its garbage to protect essential staff at the Department of Environmental Health.

40 people breach Easter Sunday hard curfew

A total of 40 people was warned for prosecution on Sunday after they were found in breach of Cayman’s hard curfew, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne confirmed.

Grateful for government’s efforts

Headline this morning (30 March), ‘4 new cases of coronavirus confirmed Sunday’. And not a one on Cayman Brac , the nearest you can...

Thankful for Cayman’s response to COVID-19

For the many efforts you, as our government and police department, have made in trying to keep the Cayman Islands as healthy as possible...

Money transfer services in limbo

Government has rejected one of two proposals for money transfer services to reopen during soft curfew hours.
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.

Gov’t approves purchase of 30 new ventilator beds

Government has given the Health Services Authority the green light to purchase 30 additional ventilator beds as Cayman continued to ready itself for any widespread outbreak of COVID-19.

Baby shops allowed to open

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

Private aircraft to collect 200,000 testing kits for Cayman

Government has secured a private aircraft to deliver 200, 000 COVID-19 testing kits from South Korea, Governor Martyn Roper has said.

Plans for workers to access pensions in the works

Premier Alden McLaughlin says he would be in a position to announce a formal plan to allow workers to tap into their pension savings could be announced by next week.

Economist: Hit from COVID-19 could go beyond 2021

economist Marla Dukharan writes in her COVID-19 Caribbean Economic Impact Report,

Cayman Airways reduces Sister Islands flights

Cayman Airways will only be flying once per week to Sister Islands from April 6-18.
British Airways' Boeing 777 aircraft arrives in the Cayman Islands.

Frontline staff to get boost in supplies

Cayman will receive thousands of key personal protective equipment for frontline workers on Tuesday’s British Airways flight, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour has said.

Premier: Health of frontline staff a major concern

The health of Cayman’s frontline staff, and the country’s ability to provide human resources to bolster any shortfalls should they fall ill, continues to be a source of sleepless nights for local leaders, according to Premier Alden McLaughlin.

Governor warns public against seeking out COVID-19 patients

Governor Martyn Roper has expressed “serious concerns” that members of the community are actively trying to find out who are Cayman’s positive COVID-19 patients and where they live.

One-off payments made to vulnerable Caymanians

Premier Alden McLaughlin has said promised off-payments to Cayman’s vulnerable groups have been delivered.

Government explores COVID-19 support from Cuba and South Korea

The Cayman Islands government has reached out to Cuba and South Korea in a bid to improve medical capacity as it looks beyond the UK for support in the fight against coronavirus.

Hundreds use COVID-19 online assessment

Some 800 people used the government’s digital coronavirus self-assessment tool during its first night online on Monday.
Reported coronavirus cases by country

What is the true scale of the coronavirus pandemic?

Testing the entire population repeatedly is key to controlling the spread of COVID-19 early and effectively, but most countries do not yet have this option.
Governor Martyn Roper during a tour of the Health Services Authority laboratory

UPDATE: US shipment of COVID-19 testing supplies arrives

Cayman’s rapidly dwindling supply of COVID-19 testing material is set to get a double boost this week with two consignments scheduled to hit local shores in the coming days.

Swim coach finds fun way to train his athletes

In the wake of the lockdown due to coronavirus, Stingray Swim Club head coach David Pursley has come up with other ways for his athletes to train

UK Prime Minister, Health Secretary test positive for COVID-19

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Health Secretary have both confirmed they have contracted COVID-19, according to British media reports.
Drunk elephant debunked

Coronavirus myths: Drunk elephants and anti-malarial drugs

The COVID-19 situation is constantly developing and so are the myths and rumours surrounding the pandemic. It can be difficult to sort through the barrage of fake and misleading social media posts. The Cayman Compass is seeking to dispel some of the misinformation.

Pinboard: How Cayman spends time in curfew isolation

Cayman is under government-mandated curfew to help curb the spread of COVID-19. So we wanted to know, how are you spending your time?
Michael Williams and his father remain in their yard during the 24-hour curfew.

Living in lockdown, Cayman residents cooperative

The streets of densely occupied communities, such as Windsor Park, Prospect and Washington Boulevard, were largely empty Thursday as Cayman settled into the reality of a 24-hour curfew.
Police officers carry out a road block to catch people who break curfew hours.

COVID-19 curfew lands arrests

Two people were arrested and at least 97 vehicles were stopped by police on Wednesday and Thursday as they enforced Cayman’s 24-hour curfew.
Health officials have changed how they will be reporting COVID-19 cases in Cayman. It comes after confirmatory tests from the Caribbean Public Health Agency determined that a sample which had been found to be negative during testing at the Health Services Authority laboratory was, in fact, positive.

‘False negative’ prompts local testing change

Health officials have changed how they will be reporting COVID-19 cases in Cayman.
Health Services Authority forensic laboratory.

702 calls made to flu hotline

A total of 170 people have made use of the Health Services Authority’s flu clinic, which was created to separate patients with respiratory conditions from the general public as part of government’s COVID-19 response.

Coach Trumpet stays positive in dire times

While the coronavirus pandemic triggers fear and uncertainty in millions of people around the world, Cayman Islands head boxing coach Floyd Trumpet has found...
A number of workers have been reporting to the Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) office as Cayman closes its borders to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

WORC changes operations as part of COVID-19 response

The Workforce Opportunities and Residency department has implemented policy changes to reduce public interaction as part of its COVID-19 response.the Workforce Opportunities and Residency department has also implemented policy changes to reduce public interaction.
Police Commissioner Derek Byrne, Premier Alden McLaughlin and Governor Martyn Roper at Monday's press briefing at which they announced a 9pm to 5am curfew.

Curfew announced as two new coronavirus cases confirmed

Governor Martyn Roper has announced the imposition of a curfew from 9pm to 5am to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
The 2020 Olympic Games are scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan in July.

Minister: No Olympics for Cayman unless proven safe

Minister of Sports Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said Friday that she does not support a Cayman Islands Olympic team travelling to Tokyo, Japan, amid the current coronavirus crisis.
Passenger check in for the final flights out of Cayman on Sunday

Cayman’s air travel ban begins

The Cayman Islands closed its borders at midnight Sunday with no certainty over when they will be reopened. 
Tender boats transfer passengers from the Costa Luminosa on 29 Feb. in Spotts, Grand Cayman.

Ship connected to COVID-19 cases in Cayman, Puerto Rico

Carnival’s Costa Luminosa, operated by Costa Crociere, has left a trail of alarm and, in several Caribbean and European countries, patients sick with coronavirus. So far, the first confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico have been connected to the ship.
Buses line up at the airport to take returning students to isolation units

Isolated student taken to hospital

A student staying in one of the isolation facilities provided by Government has been placed in isolation after being taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital for assessment Friday evening, Government Information Services confirmed.
Cayman’s courts have ramped up their emergency contingency plan to counter COVID-19 issues.

Court heightens COVID-19 prevention measures

Cayman’s courts have ramped up their emergency contingency plan to meet additional problems presented by COVID-19.

Public transport grapples with COVID-19 plans

Some public bus drivers are sanitising their vehicles, while others are choosing not to continue driving buses. However, the drivers have not received any official word on procedures or approaches for operating their buses during the coronavirus crisis.
The Law Courts Building in downtown George Town.

Court activates emergency plan

Island-wide coronavirus-containment measures have forced Cayman’s court system to enter ‘level 3 procedures’ of its emergency continuity plan.
Cayman Islands Hospital

HSA cancels elective surgeries

The Health Services Authority has cancelled all elective surgeries and specialist services at the Cayman Islands Hospital and Faith Hospital
Health Services Authority forensic laboratory.

HSA to start local COVID-19 testing

Cayman will begin local testing for COVID-19 at the Health Services Authority forensic laboratory.

Cayman cancels cruises ahead of ban

Cayman has turned away three cruise ships one day before a government ban on the cruises was set to take effect to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier warns against breaking public spaces ban

Premier Alden McLaughlin has warned that anyone who breaches the 50 people in public spaces ban will face penalties for their actions.

LIVE: Coronavirus news and updates

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Could coronavirus trigger the next financial crisis?

The stock markets on Thursday reacted with significant losses to President Donald Trump’s decision to ban travel to the US from 26 EU countries in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Shipping containers at Port Authority

Updated: Government urges public not to panic buy

To dispel rumours of supply shortages, Hazard Management Cayman Islands has confirmed that freight ships carrying food supplies and household products continue to arrive on island as normal.
The Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC)

Education officials: No coronavirus at CIFEC

The Department of Education Services issued a statement Wednesday evening denying a rumour circulating through a WhatsApp message of a case of coronavirus being found at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC).
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Second COVID-19 case confirmed in Jamaica

Jamaica has a second confirmed imported case of the coronavirus, according to the Jamaica Gleaner. This was announced by Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher...
Officials host a meeting at the Aston Rutty Centre in Cayman Brac last week.

Sister Islands residents meet officials on coronavirus

Residents on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman have been meeting with health and government officials to discuss coronavirus preparedness.
Surgical mask

Lee: Masks offer false sense of security

Even though surgical face masks are being snapped up locally, Cayman’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee said they only offer limited protection against viruses.
Cruise lines are struggling to protect the health of both passengers and their businesses from the spread of coronavirus infections

Cruise lines in turmoil over coronavirus

The outbreak of the coronavirus has caused a perfect storm for the cruise industry.
Businesses should consider cancelling all non-essential travel to the most-affected regions, including Northern Italy (pictured).

Businesses preparing for spread of coronavirus

The UK government has predicted, in a coronavirus action plan released on Tuesday, that up to one-fifth of the British workforce could be absent from their jobs at the peak of an epidemic. Based on that warning, employers are ramping up their efforts to prepare as well as protect staff and update business continuity plans to deal with the potential impact of wider contagion.

OECD warns COVID-19 could halve global growth

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has warned that coronavirus has the potential to wipe out half of economic growth this year.
Cayman Islands under-20 women’s national football team.

U20 footballers at ‘very low risk’ of coronavirus on trip

The Cayman Islands under-20 women’s national football team returned home Tuesday from the Dominican Republic, after being knocked out of the CONCACAF championships, and...
Test kit for COVID-19

Cayman awaiting coronavirus testing kits

Testing kits that can be used to confirm coronavirus cases within 24 hours are en route to the Cayman Islands, according to the Health Services Authority.

Officials deny reports of coronavirus patient being treated in Cayman

Public health officials have denied online reports of an Italian cruise ship tourist being treated in a local hospital for suspected coronovirus, saying the man has influenza.
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Government issues travel restrictions to manage Coronavirus

The Ministry of Health, Public Health officials and the management of the Health Services Authority confirm that at this time there are no cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 in the country.

The economic impact of the coronavirus

In today’s highly integrated global supply chain, the closure of factories in China is directly disrupting production in emerging Asian countries.

Coronavirus: Isolated patients cleared

Local health officials have confirmed that the Cayman Islands does not have any cases, or suspected cases, of coronavirus or COVID-19.

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