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SANTO DOMINGO — Health authorities in the Dominican Republic, St. Martin and St. Barts said today that the coronavirus is present in at least one patient in their respective countries. In Santo Domingo, a 62-year-old Italian man was transferred today to an isolation room in a military hospital near the

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — St. Thomas Senator Marvin Blyden has issued a letter to Senate President Novelle Francis requesting that he schedule an immediate meeting of the Committee of the Whole to discuss issues surrounding COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. Senator Blyden expressed his concerns about the risks the

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MARIGOT — A dengue epidemic in several French Caribbean islands has claimed its second victim, officials said Wednesday. A 75-year-old French woman who traveled regularly to St. Martin died this month after contracting the mosquito-borne virus and being evacuated to Paris, according to a statement from the Regional Health Agency

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MIAMI — As the U.S. continues to enforce strict travel restrictions on travelers from China over the coronavirus outbreak, an increasing number of Caribbean nations are also doing the same, while taking steps to screen arriving passengers at their ports of entry. In recent days, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas,

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CAY HILL — A man identified only by his initials “M.K.L-B.” is currently being treated at the Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) after being shot by an unknown person about 1:00 am Thursday, authorities said. The central dispatch of the Sint Maarten Police Force KPSM sent detectives to SMMC shortly

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PHILIPSBURG — Three people have been arrested in Sint Maarten in connection with the fatal shooting of a Canadian man who died protecting his daughter during a robbery, authorities said. Sylvain Valade, 48, from Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, a town in the Laurentians region north of Montreal, was shot June 5 and died

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PHILIPSBURG — Four men have been arrested in Sint Maarten by the Netherlands Coastguard in a drug bust netting 992 pounds of cocaine, authorities said. The men from the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago are now in Dutch official custody for allegedly smuggling 450

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands government says it is working closely with the cruise lines to help them as they rework their itineraries following the U.S. government’s renewed restrictions on travel to Cuba. The State Department said the United States will discontinue allowing visits to Cuba via passenger and recreational vessels, including

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MIAMI — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. will lead the territory’s delegation at the annual Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Florida this week. Governor Bryan will hold high-level discussions with leaders from the travel and tourism sector and the international investment community at the Miami summit from today to Thursday.

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PHILIPSBURG — Claret Connor, the newly appointed director of the Sint Maarten Recovery Program Bureau, says he is humbled by the opportunity to rebuild his country after it was wrecked by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. Born and raised in Sint Maarten, Connor, a former minister, parliamentarian and hotelier, leads

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