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Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Yesterday’s commissioning of a high-tech machine at the National Public Health Laboratory in Kingston is expected to expand Jamaica’s capacity for testing for the new coronavirus amid criticism that low assessments were giving a false picture of...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 12:09 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Spanish Town Mayor Norman Scott has appealed to Prime Minister Andrew Holness to increase the number of COVID-19 testing sites and kits throughout St Catherine, especially since residents may have come in contact with workers from the Alorica call...

Published:Monday | April 20, 2020 | 12:18 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Sheka Robinson believes that a pang in her stomach while she was at work last Friday morning, followed by a teacup shattering, were omens of the fatal shooting of her 16-year-old son, Dave Tyrrell, in Denham Town, west Kingston. His murder, around...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As Ministry of Health...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Though COVID-19 has caused the shuttering of churches nationwide and left houses of worship with a handful of congregants in their pews, Jamaican clerics rallied Christians to project faith in a time of disease and despair. The global pandemic has...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The goodwill of the police and state bus staff was called into action on Saturday afternoon as they helped rescue scores of stranded St Thomas residents who were unable to leave downtown Kingston for home as all buses and taxis had deserted the...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:21 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Huddled yesterday morning as a pastor prayed in the front yard where their loved one, 52-year-old Colleen Walker was murdered on Thursday, family members grieved while pondering on a possible motive. A rake was still on the lawn beside a small pile...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

With schools closing more than three weeks ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Jamaican parents are finding it challenging to keep their children on track with lessons at home as teachers work out alternative arrangements to deliver...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:30 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The family of a man who returned to the island recently from New York and passed away at his home in Jericho, Linstead, St Catherine, on Saturday, is wracked with concern over whether he might have died from complications associated with the novel...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As Leonard Sinclair stirred his bubbling pot of ital stew yesterday, he marvelled at how the novel coronavirus that has filled the world with fear has, paradoxically, drawn him closer to his family. COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, has...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:10 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

It would appear that the majority of Jamaicans are complying with the weeklong nightly curfews implemented on April 1 to help stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the island. On a tour of several communities in St Catherine as well as...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Holding the face of his smartphone outward, Romario Hastings looked with wonder at photos he had captured of an eerily near-empty downtown Kingston minutes before the 8 p.m. start to the islandwide curfew imposed by the Government to contain the...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) is already seeing its bottom line bleed from the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19, costing the power provider hundreds of millions of dollars with the onset of the fallout into its early stages....

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) has confirmed that a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to head of the CCU, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Stephanie Lindsay, the...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The 75-year-old grandmother of 22-year-old Ahkeem Lindsay, who was shot and killed yesterday at the cook shop where he worked, said that the news of his death has hit her hard just as she was overcoming the passing of a son. The murder happened on...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:33 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Barbers, hairdressers and nail technicians are bracing for details of a government order limiting opening hours, further trimming their bottom line as the novel coronavirus outbreak drives away touch-conscious customers. Some operators are on the...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Municipal corporations will provide care packages daily to the estimated 2,000 homeless Jamaicans as philanthropic efforts have been disrupted by COVID-19, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie announced last night. Meals will also be...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Churches in Kingston and St Andrew have been adhering to Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ order against mass gatherings, holding services with 20 persons or fewer as they observe social distancing to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in...

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) has reportedly advised funeral homes that it will not accept bodies for post-mortems until further notice because of COVID-19 concerns. Chief executive officer (CEO) of House of Tranquillity, Joseph Cornwall,...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Visitors to the island have been facing intensified scrutiny at air and seaports by officers from the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) as officials ramp up the levels of precaution taken, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, chief...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:06 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Some parents have welcomed the Government’s order that all schools be closed for an initial 14-day period because of the snowballing threat from COVID-19. The shutdown takes effect today. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed approximately 5,000 people...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:21 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

With a recent RJRGLEANER-commissioned Don Anderson poll indicating that Jamaicans do not favour the privatisation of state-owned companies, former president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Howard Mitchell, has called for greater...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

While Kerry-Ann McPherson has decided against pressing assault charges against Homestead Primary principal Sophia Deer for allegedly slapping her 13-year-old son in the face last week, she is demanding that the school administrator apologise for...

Published:Monday | February 24, 2020 | 12:19 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

After a brazen attempt on his life four months ago when close to 20 bullets were fired into his motor vehicle by gunmen, injuring him, 50-year-old businessman Wayne Stanbury, who was killed at church last week Sunday, had been inching closer and...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:42 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A bust-up at Homestead Primary School in St Catherine has left a student and the principal reportedly nursing injuries. It is alleged that the student had to seek medical attention following the altercation for injuries including swelling to the...

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