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TCI COVID drop means better Safety Rating by CDC Come April 18



By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm

Editorial Staff


#TurksandCaicos, April 15, 2022 – TCI will be returning to Level Two travel rating by the US Centers for Disease Control said TCI Minister of Health Jamell Robinson, and the change will be seen as soon as Easter Monday.

Turks and Caicos Islands is one of the many countries enjoying a downward trend in new coronavirus cases, hospitalisations and deaths.

Last week’s COVID-19 dashboard for the TCI revealed,  new infections are low. Total cases were 23 on Saturday with 13 new infections over the course of last week.

All 13 new cases were picked up in Provo but thankfully there were no hospitalizations, no deaths and three recoveries.

As we enter the Easter holiday weekend the Health Ministry is urging islanders keep up with washing their hands frequently, wearing masks especially indoors since that is still required by law and practicing of social distancing.

A new variant of Covid-19 was recently discovered in the UK. The new variant XE is a recombinant meaning it is made up of Omicron BA1 and BA2 and it might be the most transmissible one yet, say experts.

In a report the World Health Organization (WHO) said the recombinant was first detected in the United Kingdom on January 19th and more than 600 cases have been confirmed since.

The WHO also reported while they needed more confirmation, ‘early estimates’ indicated a higher transmissibility when compared to BA2.

Based on the initial analysis of available sequences, there is a slight growth advantage of this recombinant over BA.2, about a 10 per cent increase in transmissibility. Not 10 times as has been reported by some. But we are analysing this with all available information and we continue to do so. There are thousands of professionals working around the world to understand what these changes mean,” said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead in the Covid-19 response and Epidemiologist with the WHO.


Stolen Vessel Recovered





July 20th, 2024.


#TurksandCaicos, July 20, 2024 – Shortly after 10 am yesterday (July 19th), the Police Control Room received a report of a stolen boat in the Turtle Cove district.

The description of the vessel given to officers was a black, 26-foot Hurricane boat with two Yamaha engines. Officers were told that the owner had secured the vessel on Thursday evening and had discovered it missing the following day.

Inquiries were conducted, and based on information received, Marine Branch Officers and Response and Operation Unit Officers searched a mangrove just off Five Cays today (July 20th) and recovered the vessel.

Two suspects were seen, one of whom was a 23-year-old from the Bight, Providenciales, who was caught and arrested for suspicion of stealing the vessel. The other suspect managed to escape.

The RTCIPF is asking anyone with information on illegal activities that may assist the police with enquiries to contact 911, the closest police station, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information.

Additionally, persons are being asked to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app.

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Firearm and Drug Charges



Media Release


July 15th, 2024.


SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update



#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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