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Outbreak of Coronavirus in the People’s Republic of China

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#TrinidadandTobago – February 2, 2020 — The Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Beijing, China, is in contact with two (2) nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who are in Hubei Province, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (nCOV) in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province. The Embassy has confirmed that there are two (2) nationals of Trinidad and Tobago in Hubei Province, one in Wuhan and another in Qianjiang.

According to the records of the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago, most of the 120 nationals of Trinidad and Tobago who are in China at this time are in Beijing, Hong Kong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Chongqing and eighteen (18) other cities, including Wuhan and Qianjiang.

Over 300 have died, 14,000 infected with novel Coronavirus as of Feb 2, 2020

At present, there are restrictions on public and private transport and on the movement of persons in and out of that Wuhan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China briefed representatives of Diplomatic Missions in Beijing recently advising them that their nationals who are in Wuhan should remain there and undergo self-imposed quarantine. Embassies were advised that Chinese central and local governments have mobilized resources to address the outbreak, that the Foreign Affairs Office of Hubei Provincial Government would assist foreign nationals in meeting their day-to-day needs and that a special coordination mechanism to entertain requests from Diplomatic Missions pertaining to the outbreak has been established. The Chinese Foreign Ministry has advised that staff should not return to their Embassies before 3rd February, 2020.

The Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago continues to remain in close contact with our nationals in Hubei Province and advises them to follow the advice of local authorities. These nationals have not expressed any desire to be evacuated at this time. The evacuation procedure has been explained to them.

The Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Beijing will resume operation on Friday 31st January, 2020.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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