Call for MASS COVID 19 Testing

 

Highly reliable test kits are available from Germany at a cost of Bd$346 per hundred tests. We immediately need to acquire 1 million tests for under 4 million dollars (that includes chartering a private jet to bring them here).

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/24/asia/testing-coronavirus-science-intl-hnk/index.html

This is the most important way of dealing with the pandemic because without data about infection rates we are simply pissing into the wind with every other measure that we take.

We need mass testing now.

– Peter Lawrence Thompson

There has been a call by a BU commenter and philanthropist Peter Thompson for the Barbados government to initiate mass testing for the COVID-19 virus, NOW.

 

Discuss for 50 marks.

327 comments

  • Strange to ask
    Is our Prime Minister ok
    –””–”–””’–””””””””””’
    Stop the Presses
    Is our Prime Minister ok
    Inquiring minds wants to know

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  • @ Mariposa

    More important than if the resident is well is what preparations are we making for frontline staff, in terms of protection equipment in accordance with WHO guidance? We know government has ordered equipment, but an order does it mean it has the equipment in its possession.
    What ICU beds have we got prepared? What epidemiological projections have we made? Are there any plans for a likely food shortage?
    It would also be nice to know if we are paying any international lines to provide flights to Barbados which they are not doing? What about White Oaks? Are we still paying them during this global crisis?

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  • @Hal Austin March 26, 2020 7:28 AM. “Remember when the Boeing 737 Max first ran in to trouble the first thing they did was to blame human (pilot) error. The technology is never wrong. We now know it WAS the technology.”

    ell the technology is made by hu-men, int it?

    I remember a long time ago hearing about a Boeing techie who kept a horse as an outside hor-man. I made me feel funny, because I used to travel a lot and I didn’t feel right that such a weird character was central to the creation of the airplanes on which I travelled.

    So maybe human errors are the errors of extremely weird humans.

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  • @cpilgrimeaqaolcom March 26, 2020 10:22 AM

    Arrrggghhh!!! Did you have to post that rat as food treatise just when I was trying to dig into an early pelau [with fish] lunch?

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  • I remember a Barbadian colleague who reportedly cried at her naturalization ceremony. Others thought she cried, along with others similarly situated, because of her adopted nationality. … On the other hand, she indicated that she became emotional at the thought of someone asking her to surrender her Barbadian nationality.
    Xxxxxxxx

    THIS WAS A SILLY REACTION AND IS NOT BASED ON FACT.

    BECOMING NATURALIZED DOESN’T MEAN GIVING ONES ORIGINAL CITIZENSHIP OF BIRTH.

    I AM A BARBADIAN CITIZEN BY BIRTH AND US CITIZEN BY NATURALIZATION WHICH GIVES ME DUAL CITIZENSHIP.

    I HAVE BOTH PASSPORTS.

    SOME OF US LIKE SPREADING WHAT IS NOT FACT AND TRUTH TO JUSTIFY OUR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE TO MISLEAD OTHERS.

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  • At 8pm, on the dot, the entire nation applauded the NHS workers. An enormous show of appreciation.

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  • More than 30 million lives around the world could be saved during the coronavirus pandemic if countries act quickly, a report from Imperial College London researchers suggests.
    The ideal strategy is to introduce widespread testing and strict social distancing measures rapidly.
    Acting early could reduce mortality by as much as 95%, the report finds.
    But lower-income countries are likely to face a much higher burden than wealthier nations.
    Researchers from Imperial College in London looked at the health impact of the pandemic in 202 countries using a number of different scenarios, and based their estimates on data from China and high-income countries.
    Doing nothing to combat the virus would leave the world facing around 40 million deaths this year, the report says.
    Social distancing – to reduce the social contacts in the general population by 40% and among the elderly and vulnerable population by 60% – could bring this down by about half.
    But health systems in all countries would still be quickly overwhelmed, the report adds
    If countries adopt stricter measures early – such as testing, isolating cases and wider social distancing to prevent transmission to more people – 38.7 million lives could be saved.
    This is equivalent to a 95% reduction in mortality.
    If these measures are introduced later, the figure could drop to 30.7 million, the researchers estimate.
    “Delays in implementing strategies to suppress transmission will lead to worse outcomes and fewer lives saved,” they conclude.
    ‘Grave global threat’
    The effects of the pandemic are likely to be most severe in developing countries,
    There will be 25 times more patients needing critical care than beds available, compared to seven times more in high-income countries, the report says.
    The researchers say their models are not predictions of what will happen. Instead they illustrate the magnitude of the problem and the benefits of acting quickly.
    They say strategies to suppress the virus will need to be maintained in some way until vaccines or effective treatments become available to avoid the risk of another epidemic.
    Prof Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London and author of the report, said: “Our research adds to the growing evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic poses a grave global public health threat.
    “Countries need to act collectively to rapidly respond to this fast-growing epidemic.
    “Sharing both resources and best practice is critically important if the potentially catastrophic impacts of the pandemic are to be prevented at a global level.”(Quote)

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Hal Austin
    “The ideal strategy is to introduce widespread testing and strict social distancing measures rapidly.”
    ++++++++++++++++
    How can we get the Barbados Cabinet and COVID-19 Czar to read the Imperial College research and act accordingly?? Multiple people have made offers to me to contribute financially. A sensible policy is well within our national capacity, and I am trying to get non governmental organizations to understand that they do not have to wait on the government… but the Bajan mindset is making me into the voice of one crying in the wilderness.

    Suggestions??

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  • Last reports say PM was last seen and heard of on 20th March
    David can u verify if that report is true
    Inquiring minds are asking questions

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  • US is rolling out home testing as reported just like UK, but that could be a 2 month wait on FDA and this and that….it would definitely help people control their attitudes and behaviors.

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  • VOB is reporting now that the PM chaired today’s Cabinet meeting as usual.

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  • Wow vob responded quickly
    However on the really important news of the stranded Trinidians entrance to barbados
    Not a peek of first hand info to alert the public

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  • @ PLT

    The first move is for our political leadership to accept the depth of the seriousness of the problem? Not by making long, boring speeches, but firm action. We need a task force made up of public health doctors, scientists and good mathematicians/epidemiologists.
    We need to acquisition private hospitals, turn Glendiary in to an ICU emergency hospital, take control of food distribution, establish a national home service to make sure the elderly and vulnerable living at home are looked after, lockdown the nation, and get vehicle making non-essential journeys off the streets.
    This is time for action, not for the minister of Labour, or some inarticulate trade unionist, or the equally inarticulate attorney general to be making speeches on a subject they do not understand.
    And, instead of planning patties for the Diaspora, ask them for assistance. I have said before, a huge number of Public Health England research scientists are of Caribbean heritage, most with post-doctoral research experience. Hold out a hand to them.

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  • @ Silly Woman March 26, 2020 3:52 PM
    Trinidadians cook pelau with dry pigeon peas and brown-down chicken. diced carrots also added. What you seem to be talking about is a cook-up as my mum would have called a cabbage bush, salt-fish and riced cooked together. You seem to do a lot of eating ,it is a good thing you work that garden.

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  • Another story of people standard at Grantley Adams airport because their country has closed their borders

    http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20200326/jamaicans-sleep-barbados-airport-dozens-left-grounded

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  • Went for an hour’s walk today too.

    I like to eat, that’s true, but my weight has remained stable for decades, because I also truly enjoy a lot of physical activity. i think nothing of a regular 2 mile walk

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  • peterlawrencethompson
    March 26, 2020 10:44 AM

    @John March 26, 2020 9:55 AM
    “Trump will in all likelihood emerge even stronger!!”
    ++++++++++++++
    I agree that this is so… mostly because almost half the American population is bedrock stupid and racist as well.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Also, and more significantly, he has never had any real opposition!!

    Almost half the American population supported Hilary if you remember.

    At the moment he has as potential opposition Biden who is to all intents and purposes senile and Bernie who is a lunatic!!

    By the way, where are they in all this pandemic talk?

    … while Trump is at the bridge?

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  • Coronavirus has been found in sewage water in the Netherlands and is likely to have got there from the faeces of patients with Covid-19.

    Research suggests that monitoring sewage water is a good way of detecting whether specific infections such as Covid-19 are present in the population.

    The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment has previously found norovirus, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and measles in waste water using the same technique.

    Only a small percentage of Covid-19 patients have the coronavirus in their gastrointestinal tract and will excrete it into the sewers.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/03/26/coronavirus-found-dutch-sewage-water/?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_content=news&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1585215517

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  • Hal Austin
    March 26, 2020 3:43 PM

    What ICU beds have we got prepared?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    So far, none of the 18 cases have been classed as serious or critical so none needed at the moment.

    Thank God!!

    If we go by statistics 81% of the 18 will recover as if it were normal flu.

    We potentially need 2 beds.

    Next door to the UK on the Isle of Man, there are 25 cases, none of them classed serious or critical, similar to here.

    How many in Ireland?

    I still think we will be spared the worse.

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  • Mari
    There is article in tiday Natoon saying on wed Mia signed a loan with the cdb or some other Bank

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  • @ Baje (anonymous)

    “This was a silly reaction and not based on fact … Some of us like spreading what is not fact and truth to justify our lack of knowledge and mislead others”.

    —————-

    Baje:

    While you may be a naturalized U.S citizen and a Barbadian citizen as well, you are obviously ignorant of the Oath of Allegiance you took.

    I presented a truthful factual scenario. I include for your information the actual text of the Oath of Allegiance, CFR 337.1., which you would have sworn.

    https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/naturalization-test/naturalization-oath-allegiance-united-states-america

    Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America

    It is simply an elementary reading function, Baje. The issue of any waiver is a separate and distinct issue.

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  • @ John:

    “Trump will in most likelihood emerge even stronger”.

    Note that there is some chatter of drafting NY Governor Andrew Cuomo as Biden’s VP Candidate. His experience and stature merit consideration, notwithstanding Biden’s talk about a Black and/or Female VP candidate on the ticket.

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  • Well..people are certainly showing concern, time to come clean Ms. Mia.

    “DLP wants answers – by Barbados Today March 26, 2020

    The Democratic Labour Party is knocking the Government for failing to deliver daily updates on developments relating to the COVID-19 response.

    In a statement issued by President Verla DePeiza, the party charges that there is “ loud silence” from the Government.

    WHERE ARE THE PROMISED UPDATES?

    Barbados is beginning to receive news about itself from agencies outside of this country.

    There is a loud silence from a usually loquacious and camera friendly administration.

    On behalf of the people of Barbados, we expect the promised transparency and fulsome communication; especially at this time.

    In the absence of the promised daily updates, the Democratic Labour Party raises the following questions:

    Was there a second and third group of CARICOM nationals stranded in Barbados?
    Are our ports now closed as per a Press report from a respected Guyana newspaper.
    What is the update on COVID -19 positive and suspected cases? Our last Government live update was four days ago, and finally
    Is our Prime Minister ok?

    Verla DePeiza

    President, The Democratic Labour Party”

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  • Caleb Pilgrim
    March 26, 2020 6:47 PM

    @ John:
    “Trump will in most likelihood emerge even stronger”.
    Note that there is some chatter of drafting NY Governor Andrew Cuomo as Biden’s VP Candidate. His experience and stature merit consideration, notwithstanding Biden’s talk about a Black and/or Female VP candidate on the ticket.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Cuomo and other governors are going to find themselves in big trouble after the outbreak in the US settles, if not before.

    Like Philadelphia in the Spanish Flu of 1918, they let the New Year celebrations continue.

    Hal,

    I suspect the Lord Mayor of London will have some answering to do as well!!

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  • I am also starting to see people talking about reparations from China!!

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  • One of the most famous road races, Isle of Man TT was canceled.

    Here is how the Manx dealt with it.

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  • The stable genius has filed charges against Nicholas Maduro for turning the state of Venezuela into a criminal enterprise under the RICO statute.

    CARICOM better watch out!!

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  • @ John:

    I have no problem with seeking such Reparations from The PRC, as may be warranted.

    However, I am not unmindful of the negligent mismanagement and delayed, incompetent, incoherent and inadequate responses by the Trump Admin despite earlier warnings by the Intelligence Community (IC). I also have been reading up some “conspiracy” theorists who share a different perspective..,

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  • cpilgrimeaqaolcom
    March 26, 2020 8:07 PM

    @ John:
    I have no problem with seeking such Reparations from The PRC, as may be warranted.
    However, I am not unmindful of the negligent mismanagement and delayed, incompetent, incoherent and inadequate responses by the Trump Admin despite earlier warnings by the Intelligence Community (IC). I also have been reading up some “conspiracy” theorists who share a different perspective..,

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Can you imagine if Biden or Hilary were in charge!!

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  • @ WURA:

    Re the DLP’s call for daily update by the BLP:

    As I pressed the Blogmaster earlier, (leave aside the number of masks), how many ventilators, how many respirators, how many gowns, how many gloves, PEP, etc, etc do you have available? Others have speculated about the number of beds? Such comprehensive data should normally be (an absolute necessity and) easily available. If one knows…. despite the QEH and the health care system is supposedly publicly funded?

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  • Mia says Good
    Mia says Good
    Mia says Pause
    Mia says borders stays open
    Good Job Mia
    Now it is time to catch the mad horse
    Good

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  • Barbados can turn this disaster into new business opportunities for the next 20+ years to cleanse the country and employ the educated workforce.
    We can partner with a willing US Biotechnology company, establish a formal Biotech Industry here as a prime new business strategy for Barbados and use advanced chemistry to produce high value medical products.

    Perfect would be non alcohol based sanitizers, hospital grade wipes, super disinfectants and antimicrobial FDA approved liquids and gels.

    There is such a partnership being negotiated even now!

    Let’s hope it comes to pass….. and soon!

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  • “Re the DLP’s call for daily update by the BLP:”

    They are not prepared, but they have money now to buy the required equipment needed to fight the virus or at least treat patients. Now am hearing 24 cases on the island, they were acting as though the cases would not rise when they are rising for everyone else in every country, now they see the seriousness of the situation…hope it does not get too out of control for them…

    curfew from 8pm to 6am for Barbados.

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  • @ John;

    “Could you imagine if Biden or Hilary (sic) we’re in charge!!!”

    ——————

    Probably No difference- Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Still preferable. Not that the choice matters to B’dos living in B’dos & facing the threat.

    ———
    Yes to Doc M. I assume that the UWI (Cave Hill), Science Faculty & Medical School would/should be fully involved along with other relevant resident academic institutions? But who knows?

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  • Curfew from 6 -8pm before leaving the borders open was all about the economy
    Now the economy will be shut down after the horse 🐎 has bolted
    Good strategy
    What next

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  • Get it right, the curfew is from 8PM to 6AM.

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  • All hail our leader Mia Mottley!

    Thanks for the state of emergency.

    In this way, Mia Mottley has finally reconciled political reality (one-party state) and constitutional order (emergency constitution).

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  • No Mia is the one to get it right
    I have been in lockdown since May 24 2018
    Lockdown my pocket book
    Lockdown my bankbook
    And fuh sure gonna lockdown muh house and get to hell outta here
    This woman is dangerousssss

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  • Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America

    It is simply an elementary reading function, Baje. The issue of any waiver is a separate and distinct issue

    Xxxxxxxx

    AS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE US ARMED FORCES I KNOW MORE ABOUT SWEARING ALLEGIANCE TO BOTH COUNTRY AND FLAG.

    HOWEVER YOUR INFORMATION DOESN’T TALLY WITH FACT.

    THE US/BRITAIN/CANADA RECOGNIZES DUAL CITIZENSHIP IRREGARDLESS OF WHAT ONES INTIAL COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.

    TO HIGHLIGHT YOUR IGNORANCE GUYANA RECENTLY BECAUSE OF THE NO CONFIDENT VOTE BY A CANADIAN GUYANESE MINISTER PASSED A LAW THAT NO DUAL CITIZENSHIP MINISTERS OF GOVERNMENT/OPPOSITION OR SEEKING TO BE ELECTED COULD ONLY BE GUYANESE CITIZEN SOLELY.

    TO THAT END SEVERAL US/GUYANESE CITIZENS MP AND 1 BRITISH/GUYANESE CITIZEN MP WERE FORCED TO RESIGN FROM GOVERNMENT AND OPPOSITION AS MPs.

    THIS ALSO HAPPENED IN RECENT DISPUTED ELECTION AMONG SEVERAL CANDIDATES OF SMALL OPPOSITION PARTIES WHO COULD NOT RUN BARRED BY GECOM BECAUSE OF COURT LAW UNLESS THEY RENOUNCE THEIR FOREIGN CITIZENSHIP BECAUSE OF NEW LAW.

    PURELY VOLUNTARY.

    I HAVE NEVER BEEN ASKED TO REVOKE BARBADOS CITIZEN OR IT BEEN TAKEN AWAY.

    SOMETIMES IT IS GOOD TO ADMIT LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OR MISUNDERSTANDING INSTEAD OF WAFFLING BULLSHIT.

    I WOULD NEVER MISLEAD ANYONE ON THIS BLOG ESPECIALLY WHEN I KNOW FIRST HAND.

    ARE YOU A NATURALIZED AMERICAN CITIZEN?

    IF YOU ARE NOT THEN YOU CAN’T BE SPEAKING FROM FACTS.

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  • She going to bust a vein in your head and festarit that pea Brain

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  • No Mia is the one to get it right
    I have been in lockdown since May 24 2018
    Lockdown my pocket book
    Lockdown my bankbook
    And fuh sure gonna lockdown muh house and get to hell outta here
    Xxxxxxxx

    @Mariposa DON’T KILL ME.

    YOU COOKING WITH GAS TODAY WITH THOSE COMMENTS.

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  • There was a simple methodology for combating this ruthless virus. And that was a complete blockade of the island for a 2 month period. Zero in; zero out.

    Such an approach was deemed unacceptable by a short sighted business community and a naive government. It will be interesting to see how this virus develops in many African countries, particularly Kenya, under the leadership of Kenyatta who calculated that his country lacked the means to combat this virus and responded forewith.

    Partnering with a US biotec company to manufacture “high value medical products” is the typical reactionary, subservient and non-creative approach from a country that lacks the foresight and the self-belief to develop their own ideas.

    Do not expect that Barbados will learn from Coronavirus. Mia left the door opened to this virus and It is simply a matter of time for the purge of the population to commence.

    By the way what research has the UWI carried out on our well know mosquito population? Have they considered partnering up with African researchers who have many decades of primary research behind them in malaria and many other forms of infectious diseases.

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  • I am hearing that 9 of the COVID cases are linked to one person.

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  • And after two months you open the border with the world still battling COVID 19 what happens then?

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  • @ Blogmaster, check your spam.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Baje
    Mariposa is not cooking with gas… at best she is passing gas. Her comments bring no new information, no analysis, no insight, nothing except the same old useless political yard fowl stench. Yes she is just passing gas.

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  • WHAT I MEANT @MARIPOSA JUST GAVE ME A GOOD LAUGH.

    SOMETIMES LAUGHTER IS GOOD IF ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES IN A TIME LIKE THIS.

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  • David
    March 26, 2020 9:26 PM

    And after two months you open the border with the world still battling COVID 19 what happens then?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Obviously if the rest of the world is battling COVID 19 the border remains closed.

    The point I am making is that our infection rate is manageable at the moment.

    In countries where there were many visitors from China and there were the New Year celebrations, it is impossible to manage.

    Here is the example of another Island, population 140K, Isle on Wight, Isle of Man is 84K.

    8 cases so far.

    https://www.islandecho.co.uk/coronavirus-cases-rise-from-3-to-8-on-the-isle-of-wight-says-nhs-boss/

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-52048868

    Clearly the cancellations of events is mandatory.

    But it took time for some countries to get there and those are the countries hardest hit.

    Hong Kong was lucky as shite.

    America, Italy, Spain, Germany, Britain were not.

    Somewhere down the line there will probably be an accounting to be done with the authorities, but now is not the time.

    Iran is a different case, but same source.

    Best they can hope for is it will abate as the season turns.

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  • “Polls show that Democrats and those living in large cities and suburbs have significantly more anxiety about COVID-19 than Republicans and residents of small towns and rural areas.

    While Democratic strongholds like California and New York have banned public gatherings and closed restaurants, reaction to the pandemic has been slower and more uneven in Republican states, like Texas and Florida, where distrust of big-government regulations coincides with suspicion that the media is overplaying worst-case scenarios.”

    If polls are to be believed.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/he-survived-covid-19-hes-broke-but-he-thinks-america-is-overreacting/ar-BB11JNvV?ocid=spartandhp

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  • Can Barbados remain close for how long without crashing? It is an unenviable position the government finds itself at a very challenging time.

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  • Hal

    Another question for you.

    Ireland has 1,819 cases and 19 deaths and 47 serious/critical.

    The UK has 11,658 cases, 578 deaths and 163 serious/critical.

    Do you know if Ireland’s numbers are separate from or included in the UK’s numbers?

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  • David
    March 26, 2020 9:57 PM

    Can Barbados remain close for how long without crashing?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No choice!!

    What could happen is Bajans wake up and start working together!!

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  • @ Baje (Anonymous)

    Respectfully, I fully understand that your expertise on the Oath of Allegiance, in your capacity as a former member of the US armed services. But, perhaps, you were inattentive for whatever reason(s) when the Oath was actually administered to you.

    Also, personally, one might have preferred that you had taken a serious course or two in Constitutional and/or Administrative law either in a reputable law school, or in some recognized Political Science Faculty somewhere. But, as the American tautology/cliche goes: “it is what it is”.

    Perhaps, Baje, there might also just be some of us who have sworn to and administered oaths many years as lawyers at the state and federal level.

    Finally, as to the irrelevant, immaterial personal questions you raise as to whether I am a naturalized citizen, I need not answer.

    I have too much respect for the Blogmaster and the BU Readers to refer them to anything that I might write. However, see Caleb Pilgrim, “Reforming US Immigration Law: Why Trump – – – – –“. Reader Supported News, (RSN) January 24, 2016.

    Based on what you have written so far, Baje, all I can say is that, by your loud and empty arguments, you appear to be just another dumb, ignorant Fluck, in fact, another A-H, (that is Gaelic for the gentleman and fine scholar that you evidently are). Can’t tarry. Futile! Got to go.

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  • Peter
    Firstly i brought my two cents worth of what would have been best for the country about two months ago
    Secondly mariposa is not one of govt highly paid consultants
    Thirdly this govt has handle the country with a tek it or leave it attitude
    Now with 24 and counting locked inside barbados u want mariposa to give proposals
    But this i say lock the f.king gate
    No need for more of this virus to come in
    The many stories that have been told giving account of people living in fear of contracting the virus should have been sufficient and enough of a warning to take all necessary precaution in avoiding the virus from entering the country
    A country where there are elderly many of whom has pre-existing conditions should not have to live under the threat of an unknown virus because of govt failure to do what is best for them
    Now cackle cackle mariposa gets the last laugh but no i will not be laughing but sitting and watching from a distance what ideas govt have in preventing the virus from spreading through out the island

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  • You see, Baje, Dr. M’s contribution about Biotechnology co-operation and Barbados’s future development is useful, intelligent and insightful. Perhaps, you might consider using your discipline and military training to elevate just a tad!

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  • No the govt does not find itself in an inevitable position
    The govt played the wrong card and lost
    In one article today one merchant in broad Street is quoted as saying that locals has keep his business afloat during this time of crisis
    That indeed is a light bulb moment a moment which if put to test would have opened a long awaited opportunity which govts have been pleading asking bajans to do as to buy local
    The total shutdown would have given no other option but to buy amongst themselves
    But then again what we see is a leadership without vision bent and intent to maintain the status quo

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  • Perhaps, Baje, there might also just be some of us who have sworn to and administered oaths many years as lawyers at the state and federal level
    Xxxxxxxx

    SO YOU ARE A PURPORTED LAWYER/LIAR EXPLAINS YOUR RATIONALE AND KNOW IT ALL ATTITUDE.

    UNLIKE SOME I ONLY SPEAK ON WHAT I KNOW FIRST-HAND TO BE FACTUAL ESPECIALLY IN THIS CASE.

    STILL WILL KEEP MY DUAL CITIZENSHIP AND 2 PASSPORTS LEGALLY BOTH RENEWED SEVERAL TIMES OVER AT LEAST 26 YEARS.

    YOU MAY HAVE THE LAST WORD SINCE YOU APPEAR TO BE STUCK IN YOUR OWN MAKE BELIEVE.

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  • BREAKING NEWS: Guyana Government’s Dual Citizenship Members Of Parliament Resign

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, April 2, 2019 (CMC) – Four coalition government legislators — including Vice-president and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge — have submitted their resignations to President, David Granger, with the government saying it is in keeping with the ruling of two courts in Guyana.

    A brief government statement said that President Granger had “received and accepted” the resignations, yesterday, and that “these members will not be returning to Parliament therefore, when it reconvenes on April 11, 2019”.

    The High Court and the Court of Appeal ruled, earlier this year, that legislators, who hold dual citizenships, were not qualified to be Members of Parliament, in keeping with the Guyana Constitution.

    The rulings came, as the coalition government challenged the High Court ruling that the motion of no-confidence, passed in the National Assembly on December 21, last year, was valid.

    The matter has now gone to the Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Guyana’s highest court, after the Court of Appeal, last month, in a majority-decision, ruled that the motion should be invalidated.

    The four ministers affected by the court rulings are: Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who holds both Guyanese and United States citizenship; Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin; Minister of Public Service, Dr. Rupert Roopnarine and Greenidge, all of whom hold Guyanese and British citizenship.

    http://pridenews.ca/2019/04/02/guyana-governments-dual-citizenship-members-parliament-resign/

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  • John
    March 26, 2020 10:31 PM

    Hal
    Another question for you.
    Ireland has 1,819 cases and 19 deaths and 47 serious/critical.
    The UK has 11,658 cases, 578 deaths and 163 serious/critical.
    Do you know if Ireland’s numbers are separate from or included in the UK’s numbers?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Another observation but for America.

    NY has 38,977 out of the 85,594 cases.

    The state with the next largest cases is New Jersey with about 1/6th of this number at 6,876 cases.

    South Dakota has 46 cases, that’s the lowest.

    There are 15 states with more than 1000 cases.

    In understanding the numbers you can’t talk about the USA just as you can’t talk about the UK as single monolithic countries.

    We are thinking what happened in New York will happen in Barbados.

    Why not use the Dakotas as the comparison.

    The simple point is that every country, state is individually different.

    IT IS SO OBVIOUS NY DID OR DID NOT DO SOMETHING.

    I say it was the January/February NY screwed up and I say it was the parades and celebrations it permitted.

    The more I look at the numbers the more they suggest Barbados will be fortunate and the virus will be manageable..

    Time will tell.

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  • @ Baje:

    2 dumb. FO.
    Xxxxxxxx

    WASN’T GOING TO RESPOND.

    CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE.

    IT IS DISHONEST AND SMALL MINDED INDIVIDUALS LIKE YOU IS THE REASON I CONTRIBUTE TO BU.

    BAJANS NO LONGER NEED TO BE MISLEAD OR MISINFORMED.

    YOU HAVE NO CREDIBILITY.

    THE VIRUS SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL BUT INGRAINED IN YOU AND OTHERS OF YOUR ILK CONTINUE THE BULLSHIT TO IMPRESS EVEN IF MISLEADING OTHERS WHO MAY KNOW NO BETTER.

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  • Lunar New Year Parade (Manhattan)
    February 9, Chinatown
    This street party is the holiday’s biggest gala, with roughly 500,000 turning out for it each year. Be on the lookout for dragons, floats and a hail of red and gold.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    500,000 people in one place.

    Stop and think about that number.

    I’ve been in Paris on Bastille Day … crowds so thick you can hardly move.

    All NYC can do now is hunker down and see it through.

    Hopefully Spring temperatures will assist.

    It will suck up all the resources that can be sent its way.

    From January to February 9th here were the scheduled parades etc in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan culminating in the big one on Feb 9th in Chinatown.

    https://www.nycgo.com/articles/lunar-new-year-guide-nyc

    China’s outbreak caused the cancellation of large scale celebrations.

    Even so it was hard hit.

    https://nypost.com/2020/01/23/china-cancels-plans-for-new-year-celebrations-as-coronavirus-spreads/

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  • NYC canceled the St. Patrick’s day parade in March.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-new-york-city-st-patricks-day-parade-cancelled-a9395861.html

    “Asked whether he had the authority to cancel the parade, he joked: “Well, I’m authorised, you know, by St Patrick, that’s who! Oh yes – I have the highest authorisation, sure.”

    There are still relatively few cases among New York City’s 8.6m people – an official count of 46 at the point the parade was postponed – the epicenter of New York state’s outbreak appears to be in Westchester county, just north of the city.”

    But the damage had already been done in January and February.

    Cuomo should have consulted Confucius!!

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  • Boris Johnson has tested positive.

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  • Karma time! Karma time!

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  • which reminds me of my favourite MC Hammer song. Gardening done and time for a workout!

    Some people need a time out!

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  • @ Donna
    Karma time!
    ++++++++
    You were always the one with eyes to see….

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  • @Robert Lucas
    Do some research on the annual monitoring of flu strains in China and the manufacture of annual flu vaccines
    #####################################################################################

    I took your advice and did some research on the annual monitoring of flu strains and manufacture of annual flu vaccines and none of them contain any reference to China. Maybe that link is something you made up.

    World Health Organisation
    https://www.who.int/influenza/en/
    https://www.who.int/influenza/surveillance_monitoring/en/

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/how-fluvaccine-made.htm

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  • Hal Austin
    March 27, 2020 7:30 AM

    Boris Johnson has tested positive.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Is he a smoker?

    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-49079515

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  • bush tea,

    so nice to “see you”. GP has been making me laugh while you were gone but you were funnier.

    ps. i have to whisper or he will finish with me.

    😉

    .

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  • Bushman…where were you when they were beating me up.

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  • @ Hal
    I hope you are not rejoicing about Boris.

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  • @ Robert

    I am not that brutal. I would never tell it anyone to curl up and die. I was not brought up in the jungle. A difference of opinion is just that.

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  • I wish our leader a speedy recovery! May Goddess Bim protect her. The people need not know the details of the treatment, but must now be silent and obey. This also applies to the rogue rebels on BU.

    It’s as clear as daylight that the DLP wants our leader dead. But that’s not going to happen.

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  • Bushman you should come back…and bring the Old David with you!

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  • @ Quaker John

    Ireland is an independent country and a member of the EU.

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  • Hal AustinMarch 27, 2020 2:04 PM

    @ Robert

    I am not that brutal. I would never tell it anyone to curl up and die. I was not brought up in the jungle. A difference of opinion is just that.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    If I had known it would bother you so much I would have made myself clear before now. Since you are a wordsmith I thought you would have picked up my meaning. When I said that you should curl up and die I was not saying I wished you would do so. What I meant was that you come across as being so miserable that I wonder how come you don’t do it. That is why i labelled you THE LUGUBRIOUS HAL AUSTIN.

    Robert Lucas,

    Not rejoicing but I do think it is funny how things turn out sometimes and so I will admit to a chuckle.

    As a lover of Bajan nation language I know that “wuh en catch yuh en pass yuh” and so any rejoicing would be premature.

    “Today fuh me an tomorrow fuh you.”

    “Every dog got he day and every pig got he Saturday.”

    I’ve got a million of them!😃

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  • ‘She just had a cough’: Teen’s COVID-19 death shakes France

    AFPMarch 27, 2020, 7:07 AM PDT
    Paris (AFP) – A week ago, 16-year-old Julie came down with a slight cough. On Wednesday, she became France’s youngest COVID-19 fatality, shaking a nation hit by a spiralling health crisis.

    “We’ll never know why,” the girl’s mother Sabine told AFP late Thursday after France’s national health director gave the latest grim toll from the outbreak, now at nearly 1,700 deaths.

    For many people, the high school student’s death brought home what experts have warned — the new virus is not a threat only to the elderly or people with underlying medical problems.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/she-just-had-cough-teens-covid-19-death-140439742.html

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  • By the way Hal, I was brought up in the “civilized country” where you now reside. I was also brought up by the “civilized white people” of that “civilized country” and not my savage birth mother. I think you may have been the one brought up in the jungle/Barbados by the savages??????

    Funny how that worked out!

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  • @ bush tea March 27, 2020 7:55 AM

    Glad you’re back.

    I’m exhausted from playing the provocateur all the time and throwing smoke bombs for our government to distract from the sinking of the island.

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  • @ Donna March 27, 2020 3:20 PM

    He who laughs lasts, laugh the longest. Remember that and stop gloating.

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  • peterlawrencethompsonMarch 26, 2020 1:15 PM

    Trump is trying to supress the following video that does nothing but quote what he has said about the corona virus. Therefore we need to spread it as widely as possible.

    Trump:
    the corona virus…
    this is their new hoax…
    We have it totally under control…
    It’s one person coming in from China…
    One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear…
    When you have 15 people…
    and within a couple of days it’s going to be down to close to zero…
    We really think we’ve done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum…
    I like this stuff. I really get it…
    People are surprised that I understand it…
    No, I don’t take responsibility at all.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    One also remembers the cruise ship passengers he did not want to land and “inflate the figures”. That was way back when the numbers were in the single digits. Now over 90,000.

    Wuhlaus! I think we need a drink of orange Kool-Aid! Then we would forget what our eyes have seen and our ears have heard. We are not supposed to remember.

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  • robert lucas March 27, 2020 3:34 PM

    @ Donna March 27, 2020 3:20 PM

    He who laughs lasts, laugh the longest. Remember that and stop gloating.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Kindly point me to where I gloated. I said that I had a little chuckle at what some people would call “poetic justice” while remembering that I too am vulnerable.

    ???????????????????????????

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  • I was brought up in the “civilized country” where you now reside. I was also brought up by the “civilized white people” of that “civilized country”

    Does BU need to hear this again?

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  • @ Donna March 27, 2020 3:42 PM

    Okay if its not gloating it could qualify for the label ” with a smirk”. The very fact that you used the word in context with poetic justice tends to suggest a measure of a pleasure in the discomfort of some one. Do unto others as you would want done unto you.

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  • @ Tron
    Bushie…Glad you’re back.
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Bushie is not really ‘back’…
    Just a bit surprised that wunna ain’t get it yet…

    There is no place for a ‘whacker’ …when THE Bulldozer starts to do its work….
    It is all downhill from here boss…
    Good luck to all.

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  • Hal AustinMarch 27, 2020 2:04 PM

    @ Robert

    I am not that brutal. I would never tell it anyone to curl up and die. I was not brought up in the jungle. A difference of opinion is just that.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Donna March 27, 2020 3:20 PM

    If I had known it would bother you so much I would have made myself clear before now. Since you are a wordsmith I thought you would have picked up my meaning. When I said that you should curl up and die I was not saying I wished you would do so. Blah blah blah…

    By the way Hal, I was brought up in the “civilized country” where you now reside. I was also brought up by the “civilized white people” of that “civilized country” and not my savage birth mother. I think you may have been the one brought up in the jungle/Barbados by the savages??????

    Funny how that worked out!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Obviously Hal, to whom my comment was directed, needed to hear it again. He thought I was suffering from what he calls the Bajan Condition and so my comment was quite relevant.

    So sorry if I irritated you, though I am at a loss as to why.

    PS. You often irritate me too but today I am in the chill zone so you get a free pass. I’d rather listen to this –

    😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

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  • robert lucas March 27, 2020 5:50 PM

    @ Donna March 27, 2020 3:42 PM

    Okay if its not gloating it could qualify for the label ” with a smirk”. The very fact that you used the word in context with poetic justice tends to suggest a measure of a pleasure in the discomfort of some one. Do unto others as you would want done unto you.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I would have no problem at all if somebody chuckled at my poetic justice moment. I would probably have a chuckle myself. Why would I have a problem with getting exactly what I deserve?????? I don’t go around blaming anyone else for problems that I, in my stupidity or stubbornness, have created for myself. And I have had a few classics, I can tell you.

    PS. The man has mild symptoms. He is not dead yet. Poetic justice should teach him a lesson. Maybe he’ll be the better for it.

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  • Hal Austin
    March 27, 2020 3:08 PM

    @ Quaker John
    Ireland is an independent country and a member of the EU.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    So across the Irish sea lies a country whose COVID-19 numbers are significantly different from the UK.

    The there is The Isle of Man, a crown colony.

    There are still countries that have reported ZERO COVID-19 cases.

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  • EU limits on medical gear exports put poor countries and Europeans at risk

    Chad P. Bown (PIIE)
    March 19, 2020 4:45 PM
    Image credit:
    REUTERS/Johanna Geron

    Hexuan Li and Eva Zhang provided outstanding data assistance. Melina Kolb, William Melancon, and Oliver Ward assisted with graphics.

    Faced with dangerous shortages at a time of health crisis, the European Union (EU) has announced emergency export restrictions on some hospital supplies that its medical workers need to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The unexpected policy limits European companies’ sales of an estimated $12.1 billion of medical gear to countries outside the European single market.

    The action on March 15 came after an extraordinary two-week period of infighting among European countries provoked by scarcity concerns.[1] But as understandable as the worries were, Europe’s actions could be self-defeating: They may disrupt supply chains, seize up the very production lines Europe depends on, and prompt other countries to impose export restrictions, further limiting Europe’s access to key medical gear. And they may also block EU exports of vital equipment to the world’s poorest victims of the pandemic.

    The chain of events that led to this decision accelerated in late February 2020, as Italy plunged into a health crisis that forced it to ration hospital treatment. France and other national governments took trade policy into their own hands, seeking to protect their own citizens. On March 3, President Emmanuel Macron directed the French government to requisition all respiratory protection masks for French health care workers.[2] On March 4, Germany and the Czech Republic followed suit by imposing their own national export restrictions. Thus, as Italy faced shortages, it could not even access equipment made in other EU member states.

    The European Commission thus stepped in on March 15. At one level, the resulting EU restriction on exports to countries outside the trade bloc can be seen as a laudable attempt to revive trade of medical goods among EU countries stopped earlier by national policies.[3] The Commission announcement, for example, revealed that EU production of these medical supplies was concentrated “in a limited number of Member States, namely the Czech Republic, France, Germany, and Poland.” Seeing as three of these major suppliers were restricting exports, contributing to shortages and suffering in Italy’s overstretched hospital system, the Commission needed to act. As a result, Germany and France committed to unblock their restrictions on EU sales of personal protective health devices, which Stefano Patuanelli, Italy’s minister of economic development, lauded as “a sign of common sense and European solidarity.”

    But there are unintended costs of shifting from national to EU-wide export restrictions. First, European supply chains for medical equipment require access to parts that often must cross an external EU border, sometimes more than once. An overzealous effort to block exports of essential medical goods manufactured in Europe may inadvertently stop trade in inputs needed to make those products in the first place, causing supplies to grind to a halt anyway.

    For poorer countries outside the bloc, the consequences of the EU’s export restrictions could be devastating. The EU has long pushed developing countries to open up their markets to imports, facilitating a system in which these countries have come to rely on EU suppliers for their essential medical equipment. The new EU policy threatens to eliminate such countries’ access to global markets for medical imports just when they need it the most.

    Finally, the EU risks setting off a spiral of export restrictions by other countries, with the EU paying the price. The EU imports $17.6 billion of the same medical products on which it imposed export controls. It is extremely vulnerable to other countries piling on with export restrictions of their own. And the EU’s beggar-thy-neighbor policy threatens to beget more.

    A global, trade-facilitating approach to this pandemic is needed.[4] Instead of taking the lead, the EU’s policy is a step backward and has made the difficult task of multilateral cooperation that much harder.

    https://www.piie.com/blogs/trade-and-investment-policy-watch/eu-limits-medical-gear-exports-put-poor-countries-and?fbclid=IwAR3ZoHLHWsygnfQRW5Ecz-KCzJfLCpq7gOEfNYkrL7lsIXRRmgUNMn53_w8

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  • Interesting article.

    Scientists have been sounding the alarm on coronavirus for months. Why did Britain fail to act?

    The warnings from China and Italy were loud and clear. But politicians and their advisers wasted valuable time – and lives will be lost as a result

    Boris Johnson’s coronavirus briefing on Tuesday

    Boris Johnson’s coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, with the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and in the background the chief scientific officer, Patrick Vallance. Photograph: WPA Pool/Getty Images

    On 24 January, Chinese doctors and scientists reported the first description of a new disease caused by a novel coronavirus. They described how a strange series of cases of pneumonia had presented in December in Wuhan, a city of 11 million people and the capital of Hubei province. At that time, 800 cases of the new disease had been confirmed. The virus had already been exported to Thailand, Japan and South Korea.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/18/coronavirus-uk-expert-advice-wrong?fbclid=IwAR20cZs15n5tl4UxsCjy18KMF8VT9MPh-nXnxyeb_tliB95c6u-lItapjsE

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  • @ Tee White March 27, 2020 9:50 AM

    I don’t make up things in science. I report the facts that are widely available. Go and comb the literature

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