Coronavirus Outbreak – Is Barbados Becoming a Satellite of China?

This submission is timely with the Coronavirus in China. Nine million Chines in one region have been asked to evacuate. How worried should Barbados be about the virus? The blogmaster exercised license by inserting ‘Coronavirus’ in the title.
David, blogmaster

Submitted from and email addressee ‘is time to wake up’.

Today I listen to BBC and its report on the horrific conditions of Muslims in China who in large numbers are kidnapped , tortured and having their human rights violated.  I did an online investigation and talked to the few Chinese I know, to see if it is true. All reports independent of the oppressive government indicate that the government run Nazi type totalitarian concentration camps are true.  The Chinese in Barbados refuse to talk publically for fear of retribution but some outside of Barbados are talking up.  The current government of China does not want a society that is inclusive and have independent thought. Caribbean governments and people who benefit financially from the Chinese government turn a blind eye to the violation of human rights.

China’s Communist party is intensifying religious persecution as Christianity’s popularity grows. A new state translation of the Bible will establish a ‘correct understanding’ of the text. While China hasn’t established concentration camps for Christians as it has done for Muslims, it has harassed Christian congregations, closed and destroyed churches.

A previous Guyanese Ambassador to China secretly held Christian services in his embassy in Beijing. Do your own investigation in Guyana!  The Barbados previous ambassador to China in Beijing, had issue with the lack of rights to worship in the Christian faith as well as the smog in Beijing but he strongly coerced (ordered) by the Chinese to be the Barbadian Ambassador.  He did not want to be there.  Is Barbados a “Satellite of none” as Right Honorable Errol Barrow said  or  just willing to turn the blind eye to atrocities and doing anything for handouts. Do your own investigation in Barbados!

 

 

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  • The oppression of Christians by various regimes is noted and notable globally!

    China’s involvement in and oppression of Christians and other ethnicities is also noted AND NOTABLE.

    If, under the Coronavirus chapeau, one can hide a genocidal attack against all the enemies of THE STATE, and craft a narrative that is accepted by the world to rid yourself of the undesirable WHICH GOVERNMENT CAN

    1.say that you are effecting a modern day Auswicht

    2.monitor said vector interventions and eradication

    3.hold you accountable for said Mein Kampf

    But, what is more ominous than all this is the way that China is regaled in 55 African Union States

    Now IF de ole man’s rants and ramblings are to be taken AS SERIOUSLY AS YOUR OWN UNCONFIRMED COMMENTS ABOUT the Guyanese Ambassador to China holding Christian Services there, de ole man’s question is this

    WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO ABOUT THE MOST POPULOUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD???

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  • First problem. Never trust a word you hear on the BBC. It’s a source of endless lies and propaganda. Instead of crying crocodile tears about Muslims in China, why doesn’t it focus on the devastation of the lives of millions of Muslims in Iraq, Libya and Syria that the British government has caused and for which the BBC carried out massive propaganda. It would be good if Barbados was genuinely independent and not a satellite of any country but that’s never been the case since 1627. The last time people in Barbados lived independently was during the time that the indigenous people lived on the island.

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  • They are always with the bullshit talk to fool the most stupid, they know well Enuff they remain a satellite of UK and always will because of their own decades of self-hatred…but would never, ever tell the people that, too busy enriching themselves and eating living flesh in their forever quest to pretend they are born from money..

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  • Some one representing the Ministry of Health admitted that the island hasn’t got the capability to detect the virus. I am not surprised by the statement. There is little room in this country for the research microbiologist.. I will say one thing, if the virus spreads to Barbados, there will be persons locally begging the same countries which have been vilify on this post, to come to their aid. The BBC is bias towards left-wing liberals, no doubt about that: one only has to tune-in to a program called “Week End.” It is true that the British have caused a lot of strife all over the world: even the Foreign Minister for the Tony Blair’s government(Jack Straw) admitted that all the problems in todays world have their aegis in the actions of Imperial Britain.
    As to whether Barbados is a satellite of China, that remains to be seen. As for the way the Chinese treat their Muslim minority it is their internal problem and having viewed the problems in the west, they have all rights to prevent the same. In Muslim majority countries, non-Muslim get treated very badly and there is very little hue and cry about the matter world-wide.

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  • @ Robert

    Why does the once great Advocate newspaper act as a mouth piece for the Chinese? Everyday they carry a page of free Chinese propaganda. Disgraceful.
    By the way, the BBC is not a liberal organisation at all. It is a racist, right-wing organisation staffed by unproductive Oxbridge types. I should know, I worked there for a time.

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  • @Dr. Lucas

    Please clarify what you mean about detection the virus. Do you mean the lab facility? The news report suggests should the need arises the samples would have to be sent to CDC or Canada.

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  • @ Hal January 23, 2020 4:11 PM

    “The Advocate” maybe carrying “a page of free Chinese propaganda” for the following reason. I have gotten it from very well informed sources that, the island-wide power outage damaged “The Advocate’s” printing plant. “The Advocate” is being printed at the “Nation ‘ newspaper. Sometime last month I was in the Library having a perusal of the papers ( I wasn’t aware at the time of the problem) and couldn’t help wondering at the paucity in size of the ” The Advocate.” The owner of the paper prior to Thompson’s tenure was very pro-BLP: within a few days of the Thompson’s regime coming to power, there he was on the front page kissing Thompson’s backside. There was then a remarkably shift in the stance of the paper, which published editorials on the front pages in support of the Dems. I used to be able to get my articles published in “The Advocate” presenting scientific facts dealing with all and sundry without favor. Since then, it appears that I have been banned ,can’t get anything published by it. I doubt the present government sends business its way.
    As for the BBC being right -wing I beg to differ. There is the feed-back e-mail: “over to you” I have sent numerous comments requesting a more equitable distribution of views. Just listen to “Week End” and you will see what I mean. All of the members on the panels are distinctly liberal left-wingers. There is never an opposing view. It might have been so when you were there. These days I only listen to its science programs.

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  • @ David January 23, 2020 4:54 PM
    Yes lab facilities. There would have to use negative pressure lab at level 3 and above. The negative pressure ensures that the virus can’t spread to the out side environment. The same would have been done in the case of Ebola ( sending over seas to isolate and confirm the genotype of the suspected organism. Dealing with these things aren’t for the faint hearted. One slip and the researcher is dead. Forms part of the adrenaline rush one gets, knowing that one is fooling around with lethal pathogens.

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  • @Robert

    The Advocate is a 24-page paper of terrible journalism, but then again the same can be said of CBC, the Nation and Barbados Today. Read the issues of the Advocate after Donville was convicted.
    I am not suggesting the Chines may be passing money to them for their propaganda, but they have done so in the past.
    About the BBC, you may listen to the World Service, but the organisation employs about 25000 people, mainly working in what used to be called the Home Service. I worked there for about three years and am not prepared to debate the politics of the BBC. Ask any black person in the UK what they think.

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  • @ Hal January 23, 2020 4:54 PM

    Have no problem with your position.

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  • @David “Nine million Chines in one region have been asked to evacuate”

    They have not been asked to evacuate, which means to move.

    Rather the opposite is true. They have been asked to stay put. To not move from the affected cities.

    WHO and every government in the world is on the alert.

    I still remember the 1957 flu. The only time in my life when the whole family were all sick all at once, even my parents Super Dad and Super Mum

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  • @Piece the Legend January 23, 2020 6:15 AM “WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO ABOUT THE MOST POPULOUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD???”

    I don’t know of any country that wants to pick fight with China.

    Do you?

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  • @Piece the Legend January 23, 2020 6:15 AM “If, under the Coronavirus chapeau, one can hide a genocidal attack against all the enemies of THE STATE, and craft a narrative that is accepted by the world to rid yourself of the undesirable.”

    “Spanish” ‘flu, 1918-1920
    Even now scientists still argue about where this ‘flu originated, France? United States? China? Spain? Austria? but there is no doubt that the First European War helped it to spread around the globe.

    Hypotheses about the source

    The major troop staging and hospital camp in Étaples, France, was identified by researchers as being at the center of the Spanish flu. The research was published in 1999 by a British team, led by virologist John Oxford.[20] In late 1917, military pathologists reported the onset of a new disease with high mortality that they later recognized as the flu. The overcrowded camp and hospital was an ideal site for the spreading of a respiratory virus. The hospital treated thousands of victims of chemical attacks, and other casualties of war. 100,000 soldiers were in transit through the camp every day. It also was home to a live piggery, and poultry was regularly brought in for food supplies from surrounding villages. Oxford and his team postulated that a significant precursor virus, harbored in birds, mutated and then migrated to pigs kept near the front.[21][22]

    There have been claims that the epidemic originated in the United States. Historian Alfred W. Crosby claimed that the flu originated in Kansas,[23] and popular author John Barry described Haskell County, Kansas, as the point of origin.[15] It has also been claimed that, by late 1917, there had already been a first wave of the epidemic in at least 14 US military camps.[24]

    Earlier hypotheses put forward varying points of origin for the epidemic. Some hypothesized that the flu originated in East Asia, a common area for transmission of disease from animals to humans because of dense living conditions.[25] Claude Hannoun, the leading expert on the 1918 flu for the Pasteur Institute, asserted the former virus was likely to have come from China. It then mutated in the United States near Boston and from there spread to Brest, France, Europe’s battlefields, Europe, and the world with Allied soldiers and sailors as the main disseminators.[26] He considered several other hypotheses of origin, such as Spain, Kansas and Brest, as being possible, but not likely.

    Political scientist Andrew Price-Smith published data from the Austrian archives suggesting the influenza had earlier origins, beginning in Austria in early 1917.[27]

    In 2014, historian Mark Humphries argued that the mobilization of 96,000 Chinese laborers to work behind the British and French lines might have been the source of the pandemic. Humphries, of the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, based his conclusions on newly unearthed records. He found archival evidence that a respiratory illness that struck northern China in November 1917 was identified a year later by Chinese health officials as identical to the Spanish flu.[28][29] A report published in 2016 in the Journal of the Chinese Medical Association found no evidence that the 1918 virus was imported to Europe via Chinese and Southeast Asian soldiers and workers. It found evidence that the virus had been circulating in the European armies for months and possibly years before the 1918 pandemic.[30]
    Wikipedia

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  • @David January 23, 2020 4:54 PM “Please clarify what you mean about detection the virus. Do you mean the lab facility? The news report suggests should the need arises the samples would have to be sent to CDC or Canada.”

    The virus was only detected 3 or 4 weeks ago, and the DNA sequenced since then. So “no” Barbados does not have the facilities to test for the specific virus, but remember that if a person comes down with a disease of this nature treatment typically begins, MUST BEGIN before confirmation by the lab. There is as yet no vaccine nor specific medicine for the virus anywhere in the world. Treatment is supportive.

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  • Two sisters and a sister in law were front line nurses during the SARS outbreak in Toronto. A very scary time. One worked in public health with very vulnerable populations, scarier still.

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  • @is time to wake up “A previous Guyanese Ambassador to China secretly held Christian services in his embassy in Beijing. Do your own investigation in Guyana! The Barbados previous ambassador to China in Beijing, had issue with the lack of rights to worship in the Christian faith as well as the smog in Beijing>”

    So is there a problem with the Ambassador holding services in the embassy? Don’t embassies have diplomatic immunity and are therefore not bound by the laws of the country in which they were located?

    So our ambassador had issues with the smog? If the ambassador has discovered any way in which to keep more than 1 billion people fed, warm and housed without creating smog I am sure that the Chinese would be happy to know, and there will be a Nobel Science Prize waiting for the ambassador.

    Beijing has smog. Everybody knows that. If you can’t stand smog, don’t go there.

    China is a communist country. Communists don’t believe in God and don’t practice the religion thingy. Anybody who goes to China expecting to find a Christian church or a mosque or a synagogue right around the corner is bound to be disappointed.

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  • Silly Woman
    January 23, 2020 10:46 PM

    @Piece the Legend January 23, 2020 6:15 AM “WHAT CAN PEOPLE DO ABOUT THE MOST POPULOUS COUNTRY IN THE WORLD???”

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    Wait for it to become the second most populous country!!

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  • Silly Woman
    January 23, 2020 11:29 PM

    So our ambassador had issues with the smog? If the ambassador has discovered any way in which to keep more than 1 billion people fed, warm and housed without creating smog I am sure that the Chinese would be happy to know, and there will be a Nobel Science Prize waiting for the ambassador.
    Beijing has smog. Everybody knows that. If you can’t stand smog, don’t go there.

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    That is just because Greta Thunberg hasn’t reached there yet, and she probably won’t even though her biggest bugbears are China and India!!

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  • Silly Woman
    January 23, 2020 11:01 PM

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    Never knew of the Chinese connection to Spanish Flu.

    Interesting.

    Thanks.

    https://www.jstor.org/stable/3401475?seq=1

    Not absolute proof but certainly the plausibility is explored in this paper.

    Should have guessed it given the numerous times various strains of flue arising in Asia were in the news.

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  • @Simple Simon

    Thanks for he correction, lockdown was the word omitted.

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  • @nineofnine January 23, 2020 7:17 PM

    How many on this blog do you expect to follow the molecular biology/biotechnology in the link provided by you? Molecular biology isn’t law, economics or political science.

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  • @ Silly Woman January 23, 2020 10:43 PM

    “I still remember the 1957 flu”

    I had it. Indeed most of Prep two at Combermere came down with it. There was a lot of sneezing and deep green snot coming from one’s nostrils. It was a very uncomfortable time. No one thought about the gravity of the situation.at the time. Locally, there wasn’t as far as I can remember any mention of the 1918 flu. There was the Hong Kong flu in 1968 ;at the time I was first year student of agriculture and I came down with it. Another uncomfortable time (lots of sneezing and green snot from the nose again).

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  • @ Robert

    I do not remember the 1957 flue, which means neither I nor those close to me did not suffer from it. Were lucky. The UK Cobra committee, the top security commit, is meeting this afternoon to discuss the coronavirus. What is happening in Barbados?

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  • Any reaction from our medical authorities yet?

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  • What is the latest from our world class medical authorities, punching above their weight? What if the virus mutates?

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  • @Hal January 24, 2020 3:05 PM
    That everything is under control. What do you expect them to say?

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  • @ Robert

    Every time I think I have an idea of the level of incompetence of our technocrats and politicians they sink even further. Maybe the world is wrong, we are punching above our weight. I feel sorry for ordinary Barbadians.

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  • The prime minster has ben elected to serve the people of Barbados, not rule them. She has to reassure the nation that they do not face a threat from the coronavirus, or that they have in place to deal with an outbreak. So far she is failing at her job.

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  • Are you in Barbados to hear the public service announcements from the minister of health, the chief medical officer et al and other public service announcements

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  • Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, told a press briefing today that the virus posed no direct threat to Barbados at the moment, but the Ministry remained alert because of the potential threat.(Quote)

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  • China is building a 1000-bed hospital in ten days to cope with projected demand from the coronavirus; nations are stockpiling medicines; entire provinces in China are being quarantined – and Barbados is staying calm and continuing to punch above its weight as a world class nation. Wow! What incompetence.

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  • Meanwhile, Barbados remains calm (or apathetic)

    WASHINGTON – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa Etienne today urged the entire Americas to be prepared to detect early, isolate and care for receiving stricken travellers from countries where there is ongoing transmission of the mystery virus.

    As she briefed ambassadors to the 35-nation Organisation of American States (OAS), the Dominican health expert said: “Health services need to be prepared because they will most likely be the entry point where cases of the new coronavirus will be detected, as has already happened with previous epidemics.
    “PAHO stands ready to support them because detecting cases early can prevent the spread of the disease.”
    So far, some 846 confirmed cases of infection by Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) have been reported globally, including 830 cases from China. Of these, 177 cases were severe and 25 died. Of the confirmed cases, eight out of ten were over the age of 40 and the majority – 64 per cent – were men.
    Other cases have been reported in Thailand (4), Japan (2); Hong Kong (2), the Republic of Korea (2), Macau (2) and Singapore (1). In the Americas, the United States has confirmed two cases of travellers from China.
    In Wuhan, China, health workers were one of the affected groups, which has put health services under pressure. Dr Etienne stressed the importance of the awareness and training of the region’s health personnel and promoting the use of infection prevention equipment to protect them from disease.

    The PAHO chief said the organization has activated its incident management system, and that since the beginning of January it has shared information with ministries of health through the International Health Regulations channel and through its country representatives. She said PAHO will continue to update information on what countries can do to effectively respond to this new virus, about which there is still uncertainty.
    WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus this week convened the Emergency Committee to advise him on whether the outbreak in China constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). The WHO Director decided not to declare a public health emergency at this time. But he said it is an emergency in China, and that the outbreak poses a high risk at the regional and global levels.
    “The fact that WHO has not declared an emergency does not mean that we are not facing a major public health challenge,” said PAHO Assistant Director Dr Jarbas Barbosa. “With globalization and international travel, it’s not unexpected that countries in the region can receive people with the virus,” he said. “Having an imported case is not the same as having local or sustained transmission in a country,” he added.
    The Director of PAHO’s Health Emergencies Department, Dr Ciro Ugarte, stressed that epidemiological surveillance for early detection of cases, as well as the management of patients with proper infection prevention and control measures to limit person-to-person transmission, can reduce secondary cases and prevent a spread of the disease.
    “The nature of 2019-nCoV is very similar to influenza, and the symptoms are similar to those of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome): fever, cough, shortness of breath and pneumonia,” Dr Ugarte said. He added that there is no specific treatment and no vaccine for the new coronavirus.

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  • @Hal Austin January 25, 2020 5:57 AM

    Meanwhile, Barbados remains calm (or apathetic)

    “The nature of 2019-nCoV is very similar to influenza, and the symptoms are similar to those of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome): fever, cough, shortness of breath and pneumonia,” Dr Ugarte said. He added that there is no specific treatment and no vaccine for the new coronavirus.

    What is it that you want Mia and the health authorities in Bim to say or do, close the air and sea ports?

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  • A 62-year-old Chinese doctor in Wuhan ‘at the front line’ of the coronavirus outbreak has died after treating patients

    Chinese state media confirmed that 62-year-old doctor in Wuhan died after treating patients infected with the deadly coronavirus that has killed 41 people and infected nearly 1,300.

    Liang Wudong was an ENT specialist at Hubei Xinhau Hospital in Wuhan, China who retired in March 2019, and “had been at the front line” of the coronavirus outbreak, China Global Television Network reports.

    Local medical staff in Wuhan have been overburdened by coronavirus patients, with some doctors wearing adult diapers because they don’t have time to go to the bathroom.

    Another doctor, 51-year-old Jiang Jijun, died of a heart attack while treating coronavirus patients.

    Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

    A Chinese doctor in Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak, died after treating patients. China Global Television Network reports that Liang Wudong, 62, was an ENT specialist “at the front line” of the outbreak.

    The Wuhan coronavirus has killed 41 people so far and infected nearly 1,300, causing the Chinese government to quarantine at least 12 cities, and at least 33 million people. The virus is believed to have originated at a wet market, where livestock and poultry are sold alongside animals like dogs, hares, and civets.

    Doctors in Wuhan have been overwhelmed with the number of coronavirus patients, and some are wearing adult diapers because they don’t have time to go to the restroom. Wudong worked at Hubei Xinhau Hospital, which says he retired in March 2019. He died early Saturday.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/62-old-chinese-doctor-wuhan-145524036.html

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  • Get frontline airport workers to wear gloves and masks; instruct the public that if they have suspected symptoms what to do; and quarantine all passengers from China for the two-week gestation period. Not panicking is not the same as staying calm.

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  • @Hal AustinJanuary 25, 2020 1:18 PM

    Get frontline airport workers to wear gloves and masks; instruct the public that if they have suspected symptoms what to do; and quarantine all passengers from China for the two-week gestation period.

    Okay…that sounds reasonable and sensible.

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  • @ Bajan in New York

    You have not called me sensible since at school in the 1950s. Thanks. I still remember your long hops.

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  • @Hal AustinJanuary 25, 2020 2:27 PM

    @ Bajan in New York

    You have not called me sensible since at school in the 1950s. Thanks. I still remember your long hops.

    I remember and tell my friends of your amazing ability to flawlessly read whatever the teachers called upon you to read while we were in first form at Combermere, so I know you are no fool.

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  • @ Bajan in New York

    I appreciate that. Will get you to talk to the grand kids. They think I was born big, as we say in Barbados.

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  • @Bajan in NY

    Are you suggesting there is an imposter on the blog?

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  • @David January 25, 2020 2:59 PM

    @Bajan in NY

    Are you suggesting there is an imposter on the blog?

    lol…no comment. One of New Year resolutions was to take Comrade Skinner’s advice and stop attacking Hal.

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  • @Bajan in NY

    Stifle your conscience if you must.

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  • Though I disagree with and would never refer to Hal by the phrase ‘Bser in the Ivy’, for me it had lost the sting and was funny.

    I must confess that I have also called him outside of his name

    We all knew the Ivy guy has a good brain. He may be one of the few Bajans w ho punches above their weight.

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  • @Hants January 25, 2020 4:48 PM

    The best we can do is hope and pray we dodge the bullet, since one case would catspraddle the tourism industry for a period of time. It has evaded the detection barriers of countries with greater resources than Bim.

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  • Look out!

    ” Ontario health officials have announced that a “presumptive” case of coronavirus has been confirmed at Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital, marking the first such case in Canada.”

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  • I have a niece working at Sunnybrook.

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  • Fyi.

    Top BU downloads.

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  • Geez funny how the same people who lambasted trump for trying to secure his border against epidemics of terrorists ,drug pushers and illegals are now insisting on keeping Chinese out. When sewage runs down the street or you like to eat bamboo rats ,bats and or monkey brains this shit happens.

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  • What fuzzy logic you have.

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  • you had shit running down the street cars driving through it spraying it into the air, many people got ill with stomach flu which your govt said had nothing to do with the sewage bubbling up.and you really believe they will be honest on this .. I believe all borders should be secure and shutting them down for any legitimate reason should not be political but responsible I don’t think that is fuzzy

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  • What is the latest from the medical authorities?

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  • When eating bamboo rats or bats cook thoroughly

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  • ” TORONTO — The wife of Canada’s first case of the Wuhan coronavirus has tested positive for the virus at Ontario’s public health laboratory, and has been in self-isolation since arriving in Toronto, according to Ontario health officials.

    “Given the fact that she has been in self-isolation, the risk to Ontarians remains low,” Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. David Williams said in a statement Monday. Toronto Public Health has been in regular contact with the woman during her self-isolation period.”

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  • Have they contacted the people on the plane with them are they also self monitoring what political bullshit isolate them till we know exactly what is going on

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  • [Toronto] “Public health officials have…been reaching out to those aboard the China Southern Airlines flight who sat within two metres of the man.”
    Toronto Star

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  • https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/health-wellness-care/diseases-medications-vaccines/coronavirus/
    Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received notification of Toronto’s second presumptive confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The individual recently travelled to Wuhan and is a close contact of the first presumptive confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Since arriving in Toronto, this individual has been in self-isolation. There is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this matter. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. More information is available in the news release.

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  • https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/8d97-Coronavirus_case_Toronto_Release_FINAL_25Jan2020.pdf
    January 25, 2020Toronto Public Health reports first presumptive confirmedcase of novel coronavirus

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  • https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/963d-MOH-Statement_Novel-Coronavirus_27January2020.pdf

    Today, January 27, 2020 Statement from Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health:

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  • Silly WomanJanuary 23, 2020 11:13 PM

    The virus was only detected 3 or 4 weeks ago, and the DNA sequenced since then. So “no” Barbados does not have the facilities to test for the specific virus, but remember that if a person comes down with a disease of this nature treatment typically begins, MUST BEGIN before confirmation by the lab. There is as yet no vaccine nor specific medicine for the virus anywhere in the world. Treatment is supportive.

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    Cutting through the crap, as usual!

    Barbados is a two by four little island and will always have to rely on outsiders for such services. With such limited resources one has to spend on bread and butter, everyday problems.

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  • https://www.drweil.com/diet-nutrition/food-safety/is-deer-meat-dangerous/

    These things can happen anywhere. But the racists will always interpret things racially.

    Keeping out the Chinese would be a temporary measure.

    PS. The last bunch of lettuce I was forced to throw away came from the USA. E coli alert or shit alert, whatever you wish to call it..

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  • DONNA AND SIMPLE SIMON YOUR STATEMENTS RECORDED IN THE POST ABOVE IS THE MOST SENSIBLE THING POSITED ON THIS TOPIC .
    BRAVO!

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  • China’s involvement in and oppression of Christians and other ethnicities is also noted AND NOTABLE.(Quote)

    Christianity is not an ethnicity.

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  • Why do we import lettuce from America? Is this punching above our weight, or is it world class?

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  • In the dry season it is hard and expensive to grow lettuce even in a greenhouse, but we do grow quite a bit in the wet season.

    Barbados is a water scarce country. The water scarcity is not a BLP nor DLP issue.

    Barbados may have been abandoned by its indigenous people because of its water scarcity

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  • The authorities confirmed today in the news that the scarcity of water will continue for many months because of the lack of rain. Where are we with the plant to plant desal plants on he island to boost water generation? This has become a perennial problem we need to solve. It keeps getting worse.

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  • @ Silly Woman

    Do we still sell water to cruise ships?

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  • The Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging persons resident in Barbados to avoid non-essential travel to Hubei Province in China, including its capital, Wuhan.

    The recommendation, from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, is aimed at reducing the international spread of the coronavirus.
    The respiratory illness, which originated in Wuhan, has now spread to 12 countries outside of China. All of the cases identified outside of China so far have been imported cases.
    Meanwhile, the Ministry is reminding residents that the most effective way of preventing respiratory illness is to practise frequent hand washing, covering the mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing and avoiding close contact with persons showing symptoms of respiratory infections
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS – CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS – CoV).
    Signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath as well as breathing difficulties in more severe cases. The infection can cause pneumonia, kidney failure and even death.
    The novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain which has not previously been identified in humans. (Quote)

    Here is our ministry of health, punching above its weight, advising citizens not to travel to Wuhan. Please. How many Barbadians travel to Wuhan? Is this the best world class advice it can give, pilfering the US CDC?
    People want to know what we are doing at the front line, the port and airport. Do we have any isolation units prepared in case the virus is discovered in Barbados? It is OK telling people about the symptoms to look out for, but what should they do if thy are concerned, rush to A&E at the QEH?
    What is this ministry of health nonsense, is t his from the chief medical officer? If so, say so.

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  • GP what is worse Keeping potentially infectious people out or keeping potentially infectious people in.

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  • Beijing has warned that the spread of the deadly coronavirus is expected to accelerate, heightening concerns about an outbreak that has killed at least 80 people in China and reached a dozen other countries.
    Ma Xiaowei, China’s health commission minister, revealed on Sunday that the virus was infectious during its incubation period of between one and 14 days even though people may show no symptoms.
    This makes the latest outbreak different from Sars, another strain of the coronavirus which originated in China and killed almost 800 people in 2002-03, which was not contagious in its incubation period.
    The comments came as the death toll continued to rise. China confirmed on Monday that 80 people had died from the respiratory disease, up from 56 a day earlier, while 2,744 people were infected.
    Zhou Xianwang, Wuhan’s mayor, said on Sunday that the number of coronavirus cases in the city could rise by another 1,000, according to state media. He added that more than 5m people had already left the city, with 9m people remaining.
    Underlining international concerns over the outbreak, the US state department said on Sunday that it was evacuating staff from its Wuhan consulate.
    The US on Sunday confirmed three more cases, bringing the total number of patients infected by the virus in the country to five. Government officials said they were monitoring 100 potential cases, of which 25 had tested negative for the disease.
    The virus has also been detected in the US, France, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea and Nepal.
    On Sunday, France said it would evacuate hundreds of its citizens from Wuhan. The escalating public health emergency comes as China celebrates the lunar new year, the most important holiday of the year in which hundreds of millions of people make trips to celebrate with family and friends.
    China will lengthen the lunar new year holiday period and delay the reopening of schools as authorities try to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus, state media reported on Sunday. Li Keqiang, Chinese premier, and other top officials in a new working group decided the country would extend the holiday period “appropriately” to “reduce people’s movement”.
    The eastern city of Suzhou was among the first to announce such a move as it called on businesses to stop their employees from resuming work before February 8. China’s national travel agency suspended tour groups travelling overseas and domestically over the new year holiday, while Beijing has suspended buses into and out of the capital from Sunday.
    The travel restrictions in Beijing and other smaller cities come on top of a lockdown of more than 40m people living in Wuhan and the surrounding areas.
    The growing number of measures to deal with the outbreak, which also include closures of entertainment and tourist venues, are expected to deal a heavy blow to the world’s second-biggest economy. China’s gross domestic product grew at its slowest pace in 29 years last year.
    At one Wuhan hospital on Sunday, several dozen mostly elderly people waited to be seen as medical staff walked around in protective suits.
    A sign outside the department warned that due to the large number of patients, they would face a wait of up to three hours to see a doctor.
    “I came here because I have a high temperature. I have been waiting for two hours,” said one middle-aged man wearing a face mask. Despite a ban on private vehicles, cars and taxis were still visible on the city’s roads, while some people moved around on bicycle.
    A Wuhan government official told the Financial Times that they advised foreign citizens in the city to contact their countries’ embassies for assistance with leaving Wuhan.
    On Saturday Xi Jinping, China’s president, told a meeting of the Communist party’s top leadership, the politburo standing committee, that the country was facing a “grave situation” over the virus, state television reported.
    In Hong Kong, authorities on Sunday declared the city’s highest level of emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak and said all schools would remain closed for a further two weeks beyond the lunar new year holiday.
    Hong Kong’s popular amusement parks Disneyland and Ocean Park were both closed from Sunday to help prevent the spread of the virus, Chinese state television reported, while Shanghai Disneyland has been closed since Saturday.
    Hong Kong also banned Hubei residents and people who have visited the province in the past 14 days from entering the city. Taipei said it was barring almost all visitors from China in an effort to stop the virus from taking hold, as governments around the world stepped up efforts to halt the spread of the Sars-like disease.
    India also said it had urged its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to China. No cases have yet been confirmed in India but authorities have placed 11 people under observation, of whom four had tested negative for the virus.
    The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office issued new guidance advising against all travel to Hubei province and calling on anyone already in the area to leave.
    Businesses in China have also been affected. The country’s leading cinema company said it had temporarily shut thousands of movie theatres across the country.
    China’s leading film studios also cancelled plans to release the biggest blockbusters of the year for the new year holiday, traditionally the commercial peak for the industry.
    Additional reporting by Amy Kazmin in New Delhi, Kathrin Hille in Taipei and Ryan McMorrow in Hong KongVirus spread will be hard to stop, studies say Scientific studies into the Chinese coronavirus outbreak have underlined how hard it will be to contain and then reverse the rapid spread of infection.
    Computer modelling at Imperial College London and Lancaster University in the UK found that, on average, each case infected about 2.5 other people.
    Separate studies from two Chinese scientific teams provided the first detailed clinical data on transition of the virus between people, writes Clive Cookson in London.
    “Control measures need to block well over 60 per cent of transmission to be effective in controlling the outbreak,” said Neil Ferguson of Imperial College’s school of public health who led one of the studies.
    “It is unclear whether this outbreak can be contained within China . . . We need to plan for the possibility that containment of this epidemic is not possible.”
    Clinical analysis of the first 41 confirmed cases of the new nCoV virus in Wuhan showed a range of respiratory symptoms. Some were similar to Sars, the related disease that started in China and killed almost 800 people in 2002-2003, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, said Bin Cao, who led the study at Beijing’s China-Japan Friendship Hospital.
    But “there are some important differences”, he added, including the absence of sneezing, runny noses and intestinal symptoms that affected many Sars patients.
    Another Chinese study focused on a family of six who travelled from Wuhan to Shenzhen soon after the outbreak began and then tested positive for the coronavirus.
    None had visited the Wuhan market where the virus is believed to have originally moved into people from live animals. The researchers believe one member of the family caught the infection from a relative in a Wuhan hospital and passed it on to five others through personal contact, with an incubation period of three to six days.
    Five infected members of the family developed respiratory symptoms but the sixth did not, suggesting people could spread the disease without knowing they are carrying it.
    Kwok-Yung Yuen, from the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital, said: “Because asymptomatic infection appears possible, controlling the epidemic will also rely on isolating patients, tracing and quarantining contacts as early as possible, educating the public on both food and personal hygiene, and ensuring healthcare workers comply with infection control.”

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  • WITH THE DEATH TOLL from the coronavirus rising to 81 worldwide, health officials are assuring Barbadians that they have the equipment and expertise to keep them safe. Head of the Infection Prevention and Control/Infectious Diseases Programme at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Dr Corey Forde, said Barbados was ahead of the curve when it came to preparations. “Barbadians can be reassured the Ministry of Health and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are prepared for any eventuality. We are watching the international [news], we are having briefings and discussions and I think it is important to keep up this interaction with the public,” he said after a tour of the Infectious Disease Facility in Enmore Complex, Martindale’s Road, St Michael, yesterday afternoon. “I know often when things are new, and with social media, that people become afraid. It’s okay to be afraid but better to be prepared.” Forde said they were not only ready but had been all set even before the worldwide alarm was given. (CA) We

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  • I agree with Hal. Wash often be vigilant and take bat arse off the menu

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  • The threatening coronavirus pandemic is what is called in economics a shock. Given government growth projections as part of BERT, is there going to be an official revision of these projections in the light of the threat?

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  • Make filter masks from sargassum kill two birds with one stone

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  • Jamaica has got a suspected case of coronavirus, is Barbados still safe?

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  • Why not pray that it remains safe.

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  • The US just issued a travel advisory on China. It must be hurting them to do so given the level of trade and the nexus to the US economy.

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  • @”Here is our ministry of health, punching above its weight, advising citizens not to travel to Wuhan. Please. How many Barbadians travel to Wuhan? Is this the best world class advice it can give, pilfering the US CDC?”

    A six bed isolation unit is ready.

    Screening at the ports.

    There are Barbadians living in Wuhan (see front page of today’s Nation)

    It is not pilfering from the CDC. It is only pilfering if the information was otherwise for sale and Barbados had stolen it. . The CDC has freely shared the information with everybody, including you and me.

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  • It has been widely reported in Barbados the Enmore facility is ready and has been before the outbreak to handle these cases.

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  • @Silly Woman

    Let us pray.

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  • @ David January 28, 2020 2:29 PM

    That should make Trump push very hard (as a welcomed blessing of a diversionary tactic from his impeachment) for the scientists to find a magical vaccine patented in his make America great (again) country.

    Now what could be so difficult to swat away such a little pest of an immigrant?

    After all, he fancies himself as an extraordinary man from the land of krypton.

    That would be a feather in his super-power grabbing hat to put the uppity China in its technology-stealing place should America under the boastful Commander-in-chief Trump has to be the Edward Jenner of the modern world in much need of culling.

    That shouldn’t be so hard a task for a country which always boasts of landing on the Moon 50 years ago.

    Don’t be surprised if the IMF is forced to amend its forecast of world economic growth to a negative outlook with countries like Barbados up an economic creek without a tourism paddle.

    1930’s here we come again!

    Who would be those modern-day fascist Fuhrers to dominate the scene?

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  • @ Silly Woman January 28, 2020 2:52 PM

    Would those modern-day Mary [Jane] Seacole(s) soon to arrive from Ghana be screened before given a clean bill of health?

    Can you imagine a virus of mixed heritage? Chinese corona cross-breeding with the African Ebola?

    A scenario even Alfred Hitchcock would be scared to make into a screenplay

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  • Coronavirus….nah, We Gatherin’

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  • You are of the view because theee is a virus that the world should stop spinning?

    Steuspe

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  • Damage in Cayman.

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  • https://www.local10.com/health/2020/01/28/miami-international-airport-gets-coronavirus-quarantine-station/

    MIAMI – Miami International Airport is getting a quarantine station to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added Miami to the growing list of cities that have quarantine stations at their airports to contain the outbreak.

    Miami’s quarantine station is located in Terminal D. Its jurisdiction includes all ports in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, along with pre-clearance ports in the Bahamas.

    There are five confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S., mostly on the west coast. The nearest confirmed case to Florida is in Illinois.

    More than 100 people in China have died from the coronavirus

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  • @All… Posted over on the “geek” forum… A near “real-time” dataset with maps (zoom out / pan for North American / Caribbean coverage) by Johns Hopkins.

    https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

    Needs Javascript enabled.

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  • In October 2019, a group of 15 business people, government officials, and health experts gathered around a table in New York to plan out the global response to a worldwide outbreak of a never-before-seen — and completely fictional — coronavirus.
    It was a training exercise with disturbing similarities, in retrospect, to 2019-nCoV — the Chinese virus that has swiftly gone global this month.
    Three and a half hours later, the group finished the simulation exercise — and despite their best efforts, they couldn’t prevent the hypothetical coronavirus from killing 65 million people.
    The fictional coronavirus at the center of the Event 201 simulation — a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — was called CAPS, and it started with pigs in Brazil before spreading to farmers, not unlike how 2019-nCoV reportedly began with animals before spreading to people.
    In the simulation, CAPS infected people all across the globe within six months, and by the 18-month mark, it had killed 65 million people and triggered a global financial crisis.
    The “players” in the Event 201 simulation included health experts from the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as several academics and representatives from private companies. In other words, they were the same types of people likely to plan the world’s response to a real-life coronavirus pandemic.
    That makes the exercise’s devastating outcome particularly troubling. But according to Event 201’s organizers, the purpose of the simulation wasn’t to stir up fear. Instead, they hoped it would serve as a learning experience, highlighting both the potential impact of a pandemic as well as current gaps in our preparedness for one.
    To that end, after the simulation ended, they created a list of seven actions that leaders in both the public and private sectors could take now to prepare for a scenario like Event 201.
    The troubling implication remains, though, that if 2019-nCoV reaches the pandemic level, it might already be too late to prevent the millions of deaths predicted by Event 201.(Quote)

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  • On Saturday, officials in Australia confirmed the continent’s first case of 2019-nCoV, the pneumonia-like virus that emerged from Wuhan, China last month.
    By Monday, Australia had confirmed five cases, according to The Straits Times. That means the viral pandemic has now definitively spread to yet another continent, the latest after making its way to the U.S. and France last week. And more could soon be confirmed: There are suspected but yet-unconfirmed coronavirus cases in both Brazil, The Epoch Times reports, and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, according to BBC News — meaning it would have spread to every inhabited continent.
    Over the weekend, the number of confirmed cases around the world tripled to nearly 2,900 — though all but 60 remain within the borders of mainland China. As of press time, every other country affected by 2019-nCoV has confirmed fewer than ten cases, according to a tracker on BNO News.
    For now, Australian officials are closely monitoring recent travelers from China and those who came in contact with the five people known to have caught 2019-nCoV.
    “We are working on a number of fronts, firstly to make sure… that there is support for those Australians and we are also working on, as are other countries, to try to secure their ability to return to Australia,” said Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt, per The Straits Times.(Quote)

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  • @Miller January 28, 2020 3:29 PM “@ Silly Woman Would those modern-day Mary [Jane] Seacole(s) soon to arrive from Ghana be screened before given a clean bill of health?”

    Why?

    There has been NO Ebola in Ghana.

    There has been NO 2019 novel Ncov in Ghana.

    However there have been cases of Ebola in the UK. Should we be screening you when you gather? Stupssseee!!!

    Countries where Ebola cases have occurred
    The Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Gabon
    Guinea
    Italy
    Ivory Coast
    Liberia
    Mali
    Nigeria
    Philippines
    Russia
    Senegal
    Sierra Leone
    South Africa
    South Sudan
    Spain
    Uganda
    United Kingdom
    United States

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  • This was written after SARS, but before Ebola and of course pre 2019 NCov, still It makes very interesting reading.

    Emerging Infectious Diseases: A Guide to Diseases, Causative Agents, and Surveillance / Lisa A. Beltz. 2011

    Emerging Infectious Diseases offers an introduction to emerging and reemerging infectious disease, focusing on significant illnesses found in various regions of the world. Many of these diseases strike tropical regions or developing countries with particular virulence, others are found in temperate or developed areas, and still other microbes and infections are more indiscriminate.

    This volume includes information on the underlying mechanisms of microbial emergence, the technology used to detect them, and the strategies available to contain them. The author describes the diseases and their causative agents that are major factors in the health of populations the world over.

    The book contains up-to-date selections from infectious disease journals as well as information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, MedLine Plus, and the American Society for Microbiology.

    Perfect for students or those new to the field, the book contains Summary Overviews (thumbnail sketches of the basic information about the microbe and the associated disease under examination), Review Questions (testing students’ knowledge of the material), and Topics for Further Discussion (encouraging a wider conversation on the implications of the disease and challenging students to think creatively to develop new solutions).

    This important volume provides broad coverage of a variety of emerging infectious diseases, of which most are directly important to health practitioners.

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  • Number of Wuhan coronavirus cases inside mainland China overtakes SARS, as virus spreads worldwide

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  • While we are on about the Chinese, I suggest BU readers should have a look at Obama’s Netflix film, American Factory. It is a good example of how Chinese behave when they think they have the upper hand.
    I wonder if the Advocate will review it on its Chinese news pages?

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  • @ Silly Woman January 28, 2020 7:58 PM

    Yet reported!

    Where there is the consumption of bush meat there is always the possibility of cross-species transmissions of viruses.

    Where do you think the Bajan green monkey come from? Imported as pets from China?

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  • Dr. Kenneth George, Chief Medical Officer speaking on VOB’s Down to Brass Tacks now.

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  • The Bajan green monkey came from the same places your ancestor’s and mine came from.

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