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Caribbean under severe pressure from virus; lockdowns increase

Several Caribbean Community governments moved this week to lock down countries or severely restrict free movement as the region battles to contain the march of the deadly coronavirus, in particular the feared community spread.

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Caribbean in uphill fight against coronavirus

Some of the major hotel chains have already served notice of closure in the coming days, most cruise ships are no longer allowed to dock, governments have closed borders and shut down air travel as authorities move to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the Caribbean.

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Governments fight back against coronavirus

Well aware of the effects the coronavirus pandemic could have on a region where travel and tourism are lifeline industrie

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Guyana election results still undeclared a week after

More than a week after Guyanese voted in general elections, the results are still to be declared by Gecom, the elections commission, because there is a simmering row between the two main parties as to exactly which one beat the other to the presidency and for control of the 65-member parliament.

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Caricom braces for the virus as neighbors confirm cases

With the Dominican Republic confirming a case of the corona virus on the same day Caribbean leaders and health professionals met in emergency session in Barbados, the umbrella regional health agency has raised the alert level to high as the travel sensitive region prepares measures to cope with a looming pandemic.

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Guyana votes

The first of five general elections in the Caribbean Community is set to be held in Guyana next Monday, March 2, with the governing multiracial coalition pitting itself for a second five year term against an Indo-led main opposition party as both fight to control oil revenues that could make the country one of the richest in the hemisphere in less than a decade.

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Caricom leaders to look at feared coronavirus

Caribbean Community leaders were scheduled to meet this week in Barbados for their two day half yearly summit with agenda items like preparations for the corona virus high on their schedule.

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Suriname’s central bank misused state funds

President Desi Bouterse has appointed a new acting governor of Suriname’s central bank in the wake of a massive scandal involving the unauthorized use of US$100 million in commercial banking deposits by the state to buy regular merchandize like onions and potatoes.

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Busy year for elections in Caricom

Seven key Caribbean Community nations will hold general elections this year and in at least three of them, the economy and racial tensions will be key campaign issues.

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Suriname president to challenge mass murder sentence

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, Pres. Desi Bouterse of Suriname will appear before a war tribunal court for the very first time to lead in a defense against a conviction of mass murder...

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