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6 new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

richardpanneflek23042020PHILIPSBURG:--- As of September 26th, there were six (6) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; increasing the total active cases to seventy-nine (79). The total number of confirmed cases is now six hundred and thirty- three (633).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring seventy- five (75) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients remain hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one (1) patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty- two (22).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten remains at five hundred and thirty- two (532). One hundred and twenty- two (122) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 1026 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1960 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

Minister Panneflek urges all to keep the faith, hold strong and do not lose sight of our goal to flatten the curb. Continuous practice of the implemented guidelines will result in a COVID free Sint Maarten.


EXCLUSIVE: Secretary General of VROMI Louis Brown sent home, Alegria court case takes another level.

doranbrown26092020PHILIPSBURG:--- The Minister of VROMI Egbert Jurendy Doran has sent the Secretary-General of VROMI Louis Brown home as he is officially suspended. The suspension came after a tense relationship due to the outcome of the court case filed by the Alegria Real Estate.
SMN News learned that Brown went on vacation then sick leave prior to being suspended. This is the second time Louis Brown has been suspended from his job, he was also suspended by former Minister of VROMI and now MP Christopher Emmanuel.
It is understood that the Minister is at odds with the Secretary-General because he made an agreement with the lawyers representing the government and the Alegria Real Estate who just recently won a court case with the water rights lease. SMN News further understands that Brown made the agreement without getting a full agreement with the Minister of VROMI.
The verdict rendered by the judge orders government to issue a long lease of 13,525 square meters in water rights. The government namely the Minister of VROMI had 48 hours to issue the long lease or pay a fine of NAF1,000.00 daily to the maximum of NAF.1M. The government was also condemned to pay the court costs which amounts to NAF. 2,690.50. The Minister of VROMI has since appealed the case and has even decided to put a new legal team on the case.
It should be noted that the Alegria Real Estate water rights requests began way before the current Minister of VROMI Doran took office. It is widely rumored that the investors paid a large sum of money to the former Minister of VROMI Chris Weaver and those that worked closely with him while he was in office yet the long lease request was not finalized.

 

15 COVID-19 Recoveries today.

richardpanneflek23042020PHILIPSBURG:--- As of September 25th, there were nine (9) persons who tested positive for COVID-19; however there was a recovery of fifteen (15) persons; reducing the total active cases to seventy- three (73). The total number of confirmed cases is now six hundred and twenty- seven (627).

The Collective Prevention Services (CPS) are monitoring sixty- nine (69) people in home isolation. Three (3) patients are hospitalized at the St. Maarten Medical Center and one (1) patient is isolated and being monitored. The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at twenty- two (22).

The number of people recovered since the first case surfaced on St. Maarten is five hundred and thirty- two (532). One hundred and twenty- two (122) people are in quarantine based on contact tracing investigations carried out by CPS of persons who may have been in contact with any of the active cases.

CPS has tested 1013 travelers arriving at the Princess Juliana International Airport, (PJIA) and 1946 people throughout the community. As the numbers continue to fluctuate, CPS will continue to actively execute its contact tracing measures.

In continuous efforts to control the spread of the virus, wear your masks, practice social distancing, sanitize your hands frequently, wash your hands with soap, and refrain from mass gatherings.

Coast Guard routine patrols at sea.

coastguard25092020WILLEMSTAD:--- Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard units routinely patrol the waters of St. Maarten and at the bays and around coastlines in keeping with our responsibility for patrol and controls at sea. These patrols will be carried out frequently to control vessels on the COVID-19 measures for visiting vessels, social distancing, exceeding maximum persons on board of a vessel, valid shipping documents, and also speargun fishing.

During these inspections vessels of which the captain does not have the correct shipping documents on board are subject to fines. Therefore the Coast Guard urges all captains to have their shipping documents with them and that passengers on board maintain themselves to the COVID-19 measures. Vessels must at all times adhere to the number of persons on board as indicated on their registration documentation.

The Coast Guard also reminds fishermen that fishing with a speargun is not allowed by law. The speargun will be confiscated and the fishermen can receive a fine.

The Coast Guard also urges all boat owners to service their vessel regularly. Make sure you have enough safety equipment on board to ensure the safety of life at sea, such as life jackets, flashlight, first aid kit, enough water, fire extinguisher, VHF radio or charged mobile phone.

Avoid dangerous situations at sea with your boat. In situations that assistance is needed, Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard alarm number is 913. The Coast Guard wishes you a pleasant and safe maritime experience.

Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs raises the SDG flag.

silveriajacobs25092020PHILIPSBURG:--- On September 25th, 2020, Prime Minister Silveria E. Jacobs raised the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) flag. On this commemorative day, the SDG flag is being raised throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Government of St. Maarten remains committed to the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. This agenda serves as a tool for development for St. Maarten and the rest of the world. Furthermore, the SDG day is an opportunity to showcase and appreciate organizations and persons that contribute to the sustainable development of St. Maarten. As such, the St. Maarten Development Fund (SMDF), K1 Britannia, UNESCO, and former BAK program manager for SDGs, Ms. Loekie Morales were presented with certificates of appreciation for their outstanding contribution to the SDG’s for St. Maarten. Government will continue to acknowledge and support efforts by civil society as their contribution to St. Maarten is boundless.


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