#TurksandCaicosIslands -January 27, 2021 – The Ministry of Health, through the National Public Health Laboratory, tested a record number of samples yesterday 26.1.2021 and also recorded the highest number of positive cases of Covid-19 since beginning of the pandemic.
The National Public Health Laboratory tested a total of 183 samples and 74 were positive.The distribution of the new confirmed cases is as follows:
Grand Turk 9
South Caicos 3
North Caicos 3
This will be reflected in today’s dashboard which will be published later today.The Public Health Team have already commenced aggressive contact tracing activities across the islands in response to this development.
The general public is being reminded to do their part to prevent the further spread of this disease within the TCI.Persons are reminded to stay home and contact the health hotlines if experiencing symptoms or signs of Covid-19; which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, joint/muscle pain and loss of the sense of smell/taste.
If you have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, please call 911 immediately and inform the operator of your symptoms so all necessary precautions can be taken.
Everyone is asked to take the relevant precautions at all times to protect one another and in particular those in the vulnerable groups:
1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
2. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not accessible
3. Cover your cough/sneeze with your elbow or a tissue and properly dispose of it
4. Wear face coverings in public
5. Practice social distancing of 6 feet
6. Stay home if you have symptoms of Covid-19 and call the health hotlines on 232 9444 or 333 0911
7. Symptoms of Covid-19 include: cough, headache, shortness of breath, fever, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell
8. Avoid mass gatherings and social gatherings
9. Avoid non-essential travel including local, regional and international travel
10. Cooperate fully with contact tracing teams if you are contacted
11. Comply with quarantine to prevent any further spread of Covid-1912. Do not discriminate against persons suspected of having Covid-19, it can happen to anyone
13. Stay informed-visit the Ministry of Health website for up to date information on https://www.gov.tc/moh/coronavirus/.
14. Protect yourself by getting vaccinated. Register online today at https://covidvaccineregistration.gov.tc.
Deputy Premier Spot on, TCI TODAY Removed from EU Blacklist
#TurksandCaicosIslands – February 20, 2024 – Sixteen months after being added to the European Union’s Black List for non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, the Turks and Caicos Islands is now off that list.
“Today,the Council removed The Bahamas, Belize, Seychelles and Turks and Caicos Islands from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.”
The release explicitly states that in the case of the Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas, “ever since October 2022, deficiencies in the enforcement of economic substance requirements had been identified in both of these jurisdictions by the OECD Forum of Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP).”
It was recommended for remedy to the deficiencies has now been “converted from hard to soft recommendations,” said the statement.
That pivot was fundamental in the de-listing of the two countries said the information from the Council.
“…which allowed the Code of Conduct Group to consider these jurisdictions with no or only a nominal corporate income tax.”
When Magnetic Media spoke to E. Jay Saunders, Turks and Caicos Deputy Premier and Finance Minister in March 2023 he had full confidence that it was only a matter of time before the TCI was given a more favourable position with the EU.
“There is no question about it. I’m confident that by February 2024, we will be off the list– I’m completely confident and there are no lasting repercussions.”
It had been sub-par computer systems that landed the TCI on the list. The Deputy Premier, at the time offered that the EU was being too dramatic and its language, disproportionate surrounding the issue.
That black listing and gray listing is often viewed as a black eye in the financial services sector, therefore this announcement today is vindication for the TCI and a huge plus for the Fintech ambitions of the Misick-led government.
Twelve others remain with the unsavory categorization including Caribbean neighbours: Trinidad and Tobago; US Virgin Islands; Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda.
Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes
#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE: Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.
The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.
The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.
#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews
How to protect against HIV
#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.
In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents. The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.
Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.
The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.
With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including
- Using condoms during sex
- Limiting sexual partners
- Being tested regularly
- avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
- Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids
Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.
An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence. In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.
Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.
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