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COVID-19 now stands at 74 confirmed active cases

PHILIPSBURG - The Honorable Minister of Public Health Social Development and Labour (VSA) Richard Panneflek expresses his deepest sympathies to the bereaved family and friends of Sint Maarten's 17th Covid-19 victim, who passed away this morning....

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St. Maarten lost another resident today to the coronavirus COVID-19

For this occasion, we quote the words of Alita H. Singh:

This person was in the prime of life, though having underlying health conditions. This person may be represented in the official statistics as simply a number with the tally moving from 16 to 17 deaths. However, this was a person who many of us know or are were acquainted with, so it is more than a mere number. Same with the other 16 deaths.

What's more is this tragic, heart-breaking passing is a bold reminder yet again that we are the ones who must fight this unseen menace. Us, not government rules, or laws, us as humans, as responsible people.

COVID-19 figures are not numerals. They are people battling a resilient virus. Some have won, some are still fighting, and some have sadly lost.

Fight the statistic! Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Social Distance, with emphasis on the "social".

Fight stigma! COVID-19 is not a reason to shun or shame.

News synopsis from Friday, August 7th, 2020

As of Friday, August 7, it is mandatory for everyone to wear a mask in any stores or businesses of any kind if social distance is not possible.

People visiting stores or businesses are obliged to follow the instructions of workers. If instructions are ignored, they will asked to leave the premise.

Stores and businesses must check customers for signs of COVID-19 before allowing entry. Sick customers should be turned away. Masks are mandatory. Hand sanitizer must be available.

Businesses/stores may employ stricter measure to allow access to their premises.

As of Friday, masks and social distance are mandatory in the workplace. Sick employees should be sent home by employer; employee must contact his/her doctor.

Bars, nightclubs, discos, restaurants, hotel bars, casinos, rooms rented for events must close as of 12:00am until 6:00am daily.

This regulation does not pertain to hotels and lodgings as long as it relates to guests and staff.

Violation of the business closure hours is publishable by jail time of four months or a fine of NAf 5,000.

Government may close businesses that pose a threat due to COVID-19 exposure.

Note: In addition to the above news, the Minister of VSA also confirmed in Parliament, on Friday, August 7th, 2020, that the resumption of commercial flights between the United States and St. Maarten has so far resulted in one (1) COVID-19 positive person on the island. This (non-resident) visitor is currently in isolation.

(Source: Govt. of St. Maarten / FBP-AS)
U.S. Travelers told to Reconsider Travel to Sint Maarten

SINT MAARTEN (SIMPSON BAY-AIRPORT) - The United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs on Thursday, August 6 revealed a Travel Advisory for Sint Maarten that was issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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PM Jacobs sends letter regarding proposed entity to Knops

PHILIPSBURG - Since the Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting on July 10th, whereby Prime Minister Jacobs attended with her colleague Prime Ministers of Aruba and Curacao, and their Ministers Plenipotentiary regarding the liquidity support for 3rd ...

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Sarah Queries the Justification of Closed Door Meetings

SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - "Last Tuesday afternoon was another closed door virtual meeting of Parliament with the Prime Minister in attendance to apprise Parliament of the "negotiations" with the Dutch Government regarding liquidity assistance...

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CBCS has a new president at the helm: Richard Doornbosch

SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - On August 7, 2020, Mr. R.A. (Richard) Doornbosch was sworn in as President of the Centrale Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS), as he took the oath of office before the Acting Governors of Sint Maarten and Curaçao.

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Teo's Superette, new mini supermarket in St. Peters

In the mold of a Colmado and Bodega ~ ST. PETERS - The district of St. Peters and surrounding neighborhoods will benefit this week from the opening of the area's first mini-market with a focus on daily home essentials. Teo's Superette is a...

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Weather Report Meteorological Department St. Maarten (MDS)

A tropical wave located over the eastern tropical Atlantic is currently accompanied by minimal shower activity. Slow development of this system is possible during the next couple of days before conditions become less favorable for development.

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Oppositie voelt zich miskend

Willemstad - In de Staten was het gisteren ongebruikelijk rustig. Dit was dan ook bij hoge uitzondering de setting van een kort geding en dan nog wel van een beoogd Statenlid tegen alle twintig zittende parlementariërs. Maar als die dan zelf het...

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Moses eens met rechter

Rechter houdt vonnis aan Van een onzer verslaggevers Willemstad - Statenlid van de oppositie Marilyn Moses (MP) heeft gisteren in het kort geding de rechter toegezegd dat zij vrijwillig de Statenvergadering van dinsdag 11 augustus zal bijwonen....

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Aantal besmettingen op Aruba bijna verdubbeld

Van onze correspondent Oranjestad - Met 133 nieuwe besmettingen is het aantal actieve gevallen binnen een dag gestegen van 146 naar 279. Het gaat in alle gevallen om lokale besmettingen. Door opschaling van de testcapaciteit, konden gisteren...

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Zeventiende Covid-19-dode op Sint Maarten

Een Covid-19-patiënt die werd verzorgd op de Intensive Care Unit (ICU) van het St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) verloor gisteren de strijd tegen het coronavirus. Dat maakt The Daily Herald bekend. Naar verluidt was deze patiënt een werknemer van ...

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Customs arrests 30-year-old female. Marijuana and Cocaine...

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - On Wednesday, August 5 th, Customs Caribbean Netherlands intercepted narcotics in a shipment of sea freight on St. Eustatius. During the control of the freight shipments, a lady reported to pick up a freight intended ...

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Protected Lora parrots retrieved during boat control...

BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - On Thursday, August 6th , during a joint boat patrol of Customs, Kmar and the Coast Guard on Bonaire, a check was carried out on a local vessel bound for Curaçao. During this customs check two parrots were found. It turned...

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Statia government prepares for repatriation flight...

SINT EUSTATIUS (ORANJESTAD) - In preparation of the repatriation flight from the Dominican Republic upcoming Tuesday, August 11 th, the Public Entity of St. Eustatius hosted a meeting with the relatives and relations of the repatriating Statia...

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Launch of Sargassum seaweed collection operations underway

SAINT-MARTIN (MARIGOT) - At the start of the week, the Collectivity launched the first Sargassum seaweed collection operations on coastal sites impacted by seaweed stranding's such as the Cul de Sac bay, Mont Vernon beach and Lucas bay. This...

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Cafes face closure and mayors get curfew powers

Bars, cinemas and museums identified as centres of coronavirus infection are to be closed for two weeks, and testing is to be introduced at Dutch airports for people from high-risk areas in an effort to stop the increase in coronavirus infections ...

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Public prosecutor under pressure not to settle ABN Amro...

The public prosecution department is coming under considerable pressure to prosecute ABN Amro staff over money laundering failings, rather than reach an out of court settlement, the Financieele Dagblad said on Friday. Pressure is coming from both ...

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Cafe owners disappointed at new Covid-19 approach

The Dutch hospitality industry is 'very disappointed' at the new measures brought in by the government to curb the spread of coronavirus and wants the government to clarify plans to require the registration of all guests, lobby group KHN said in...

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Coronavirus is having an impact on property rents

There is increasing evidence that the coronavirus crisis is having an impact on rental property prices, although rents in the four big Dutch cities show a mixed picture. Research by property management organisation VGM suggests rents rose by an...

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SGP alderman on Urk quits after son is arrested on drugs ...

An alderman on the staunchly Protestant former fishing island of Urk has resigned after his son was arrested for drugs smuggling and it emerged he too worked for his offspring's transport company. Geert Post was an alderman on behalf of the...

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