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NASSAU — We are all in the same COVID-19 storm, but not all countries are in the same boat. Here in the Bahamas, 70 percent of our GDP is generated from tourism. Tourist-based economies like ours throughout the Caribbean region have limited social safety nets. This means our people, economy

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MIAMI — The family of a cruise crew member who died after testing positive for COVID-19 filed a lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises on Tuesday saying the company failed to protect its employees as the pandemic ravaged sailings around the world. The wrongful death case filed in circuit court in

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SANTO DOMINGO — There are now at least 8,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in a single Caribbean country, which saw a whopping 281 new cases today. The Dominican Republic reached 8,235 cases yesterday as its death toll climbed by another 13 to 346. According to the local representative of the Pan

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MIAMI — Good news for those who have booked Carnival Cruise trips later in the year. The company announced today that voyages will resume on August 1. Carnival Cruise Line officials said that all North American cruises until July 31 remain canceled, but on August 1 specific ships will once again set sail.

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WASHINGTON — A sudden stop in tourism caused by border closures and lockdowns aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic will cause a 6.2% contraction of the Caribbean economy in 2020, the deepest recession in over half a century, the IMF said on Wednesday. In a blog on its website, the

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VARADERO, Cuba — No one is swimming in the turquoise Caribbean waters of Cuba’s Varadero beach resort, nor lounging on its white, palm-fringed beaches. Its hundreds of hotels, shops and restaurants stand empty and eerily quiet. The nearby airport, the lifeblood of Varadero’s economy, closed after Cuba shut its borders

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The dead body of a St. Thomas man was found floating in the waters off of Bordeaux Beach this afternoon, authorities said. Christian Beaupierre, 58, was found dead in the water about 1:18 p.m. today, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. “Officers arrived at the area and

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BASSETERRE —  Students at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) St. Kitts and Nevis returned to the United States via a chartered World Atlantic Airlines MD83 aircraft on Saturday. No passenger was allowed to disembark in St. Kitts and Nevis. The aircraft first stopped at Barbados’ Grantley Adams International

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SANTO DOMINGO —  In the one month it took the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to completely spread across the Caribbean, several islands have successfully managed to contain the spread of the virus, while other islands are actively struggling. As of March 28, the region surpassed the thousand-case threshold with close to 1,100

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SANTO DOMINGO — The death toll in one Caribbean nation hit 20 this morning, which was just under the total number of cases across the region just last night as the regional confirmed cases of COVID-19 spiked past 1,100. The Dominican Republic saw its death toll double today as it

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