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Monday, April 6th, 2020


U.S. passes 10,000 coronavirus deaths

The coronavirus outbreak in the United States reached yet another grim milestone on Monday. The death toll has passed 10,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, with more than 347,000 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus — far more than any other country has reported. Worldwide, there have been nearly 1.3 million confirmed coronavirus cases, and more than 70,000 deaths. Italy (15,887) and Spain (13,055) have reported the most deaths from COVID-19-related complications, followed by the United States. China, where the outbreak began, has reported just 3,335 deaths, though that figure isRead More

Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after coronavirus symptoms worsen

LONDON- Prime minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened. The prime minister was admitted to St Thomas’ hospital in Westminster on Sunday after his coronavirus symptoms persisted for 10 days. But, having been in hospital for tests and observation, his doctors advised that he be admitted to intensive care. Johnson is said to be still conscious, but was moved to an ICU in case he needed a ventilator. A Number 10 spokesman said: “Since Sunday evening, the prime minister has been under the care of doctors atRead More


Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has announced that the stay-at-home order has been extended to April 30. And all food services have been closed, effective tomorrow, until April 30. Schools will not reopen for the new term on April 20. And the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA), planned for some time in May, will have to be rescheduled. Government will begin distributing masks to citizens who have been told to wear the masks in public. And there are changes in the times during which essential businesses are permitted to open. The new orderRead More

Man, 34, takes his own life ‘after being unable to cope with coronavirus self-isolation’

A man who suffered from bipolar disorder has taken his own life after being unable to cope with self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, his family have said. Daniel Furniss, 34, died last week after struggling with the lockdown at his home in Waterlooville, Hampshire. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the restriction of all but essential contact in order to cease the spread of the deadly virus. In the days before Mr Furniss’ death, he posted on social media: “There is not enough guidance for people with mental health issues.”

Oil Slides as OPEC Delays Emergency Meeting on Production Cuts; Trump Threatens Tariffs on Non-US Imports

President Donald Trump triggered a massive surge in crude prices last week when he called on Russia and Saudi Arabia to cut production, but cracks in any potential deal are starting to appear. lobal oil prices retreated in early trading Monday as OPEC leaders delayed an emergency meeting on production cuts in order to allow Russia and Saudi Arabia more time to broker a deal that could stabilize markets and satisfy President Donald Trump. Trump prodded the world’s two biggest producers last week with a Tweet that suggested the pairRead More

Third bar owner charged with breaching COVID-19 Regulations in T&T

A third bar owner has been charged with breaching the Public Health Ordinance Regulations currently governing the COVID-19 crisis in Trinidad and Tobago. Tamashraj Ramkissoon, of Arena Road, Freeport was arrested and charged after police reportedly found his premises open and sales being conducted on Saturday 4th April 2020. According to official police reports, at about 11.10 am on Saturday April 4th, officers of the Freeport CID were on patrol along the Arena Road in Freeport, when they observed Tom’s Bar and Liquor Mart opened and persons exiting the premisesRead More

Lil Nas X talks turning down Pete Buttigieg’s campaign, and coming out as gay: ‘I planned to die with the secret’

Sunday marks a year since Lil Nas X released the remix — featuring guest vocals from country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus — for his genre-blurring song “Old Town Road,” which went on to break Billboard charts. The 20-year-old is marking the anniversary with a revealing new interview with British newspaper the Guardian, in which he opens up about his sexuality. Born Montero Lamar Hill but known to friends as Nas, the Grammy winner says he hid his sexuality, keeping his now-decadent wardrobe subdued and “acting really hard” on early rapRead More

Want more Tiger King? Jeff Lowe says Netflix is dropping new episode next week

On the heels of Netflix’s huge success with Tiger King, could the streaming service be rushing to bring viewers more? According to Jeff Lowe, one of the subjects featured in the true crime documentary about exotic wild animal owners in the United States, the streamer is working on a bonus episode they plan to release next week. He dropped the news in a recording he made on Cameo, a service where fans can pay a participating celebrity or reality star to make a personalized video message. “Netflix is adding oneRead More

Woman dies of COVID in NY days after leaving T&T

Fifteen days after 78-year-old Zorida Wahid Khan returned to her home in Queens, New York, after vacationing in Trinidad and Tobago, she tested positive for the COVID-19. Five days after being diagnosed with the virus, Khan, who was originally from Tacarigua, died at a hospital Friday. Speaking with the Guardian Media, one of Khan’s relatives said she spent three months vacationing in Trinidad and left for her New York home on March 14. “From the airport in New York she went straight into self-isolation and it was while there sheRead More

COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tabago

The Health Ministry’s daily 4 pm covid19 update on Sunday stated that 821 samples were tested at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) with 104 cases, seven deaths and one person being discharged from hospital. The release added that of the 104 covid19 cases, 49 are from the group of people who recently returned from a cruise. This 49 comprises 46 from a group of 68 nationals who returned from the cruise together and three positive cases from the group of nationals who returned from the same cruise but separatelyRead More