Barbados Goes on Partial LOCKDOWN

Prime Minister Mia Mottley  advised the country tonight that Barbados will impose a curfew from 8PM to 6AM starting on Saturday 28 March 2020  until 14 April 2020. On a personal note the Prime Minister also shared she will be MIA for a while because her medical team advised her to undergo a medical procedure this coming weekend. Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw will act as prime minister. The blogmaster wishes her well.

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  • It needs to go on full lockdown

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  • PoorPeacefulandPolite

    Wrong hour given (6:00 P.M.)

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  • @ David.

    The curfew is 8 pm to 6am not 6pm. You need to change it in your article.

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  • Mariposa has been in lockdown since May24 2018
    Lockdown muh pocket book
    Lockdown muh bank book
    Now gonna lock down muh house and get to hell outta here
    Btw i gonna to Ghana to find them duppy bones cause de island needs to be rescued
    Something aint right

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  • David stop playing dirty games
    Let people express them self freely without yuh political interference

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  • Stay safe in these very trying and stressful times.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    Ms Mottley is our best choice for political leadership at the moment despite her flaws. She stands head and shoulders above any other member of the BLP or the DLP in leadership capacity for a crisis.

    That said, things are not as well managed as she is trying to make them appear. Yes she has followed WHO guidelines for going to stage 3, but she is not following WHO guidelines to carry out widespread testing. This is a serious deficit with the potential to harm us significantly. We particularly need to be testing and retesting front line medical personnel in a systematic and intense manner for their safety and protection.

    Another serious lack is in personal protective equipment for front line medical staff. They are being asked to make do with a couple of re-used masks and a single gown. This is an embarrassing travesty. We must do better.

    Rihanna has bought ventilators to equip intensive care facilities here for those who may develop serious respiratory problems, but I am told that they may never reach Barbados because the Trump administration has put an embargo on the export of that type of medical equipment.

    Ms Mottley has reassured us that she wishes to be forthright and transparent with us, so we need her to be more forthcoming and honest about the challenges we face, and the obstacles in our path. If there are logistical or other difficulties in ramping up testing procedures then tell us about them and let us solve them together. If we are short of protective gear for front line medical staff then let us know…

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  • @peterlawrencethompson

    Did you get a chance to watch the Bill Gates Anderson Cooper interview last hour? Gates point is that the best approach is to aggressively test for the virus.

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  • @ PLT,
    I understand your genuine fear. You are cognisant that Barbados does not have the minimum tools in their toolbox to combat this virus. I believe that we are looking at a catastrophe for that island. I pray that I will be proven wrong.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @TLSN
    You misunderstand me. I am not in the least way afraid. Ijust perceive some problems and want to help get them fixed. That’s all. The USA, the UK, Spain, Italy and very many others are worse off.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @ David
    I don’t watch TV so I didn’t see Cooper talk to Gates. I’m not surprised at his conclusion about testing.

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  • @ peterlawrencethompson March 26, 2020 9:32 PM

    It is good to know that you are now also a member of the Red Knights of Ren.

    We will defeat this virus. The deep recession will be far more difficult. It will cost us not just a few miserable lives, but billions of dollars.

    We therefore need a fair burden sharing. Many citizens in the tourism industry will remain permanently unemployed. Others will have to switch to agriculture to work on the sugar cane plantation for little money under COW’s whip. The civil servants, on the other hand, received a monstrous salary increase in 2018. In addition, the government cannot sack them. It is therefore only fair that our many lazy civil servants pay a special levy to balance the burden. I am thinking here of 20 percent of their current income and 50 percent of the pensions for new pensioners.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    All systems functioning.
    We need to pray that the medical procedures that the PM has to undergo will be successful.

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  • Miller,

    Once again, Tron was absolutely right: the government is not activating the existing state of emergency in the constitution, but simply creating a new emergency constitution, a kind of medical dictatorship. In a one-party state, the will of the leader and the constitution are no longer distinguishable. The will of the leader is no longer subject to formalistic restrictions, but materializes directly in the television address.

    The lockdown has a good thing: it distracts the masses from the deep recession that will cost tens of thousands of jobs in the tourism industry. We need opium for the people: in this case 1 kg of pandemic grass. Another diversion for the masses would be a national labor service. We could use the many unemployed in agriculture and recultivate the many plantations.

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  • Mia is just like Trump
    Trying to calm bajan fears with lies and plenty glasses of koolaid
    Really the bottom line came down to presevation .prevention and protection of our fall
    All correction methods at this time point to failure a failure to implement an easy and readily safeproof method call lock down
    The many countries which have implemented such measures have shown almost zero infections like Russia and even some cities in the USA
    Fla cases continue to increase because like Mia the governor has kept the ports open
    What is the hell barbados doing with 24 victims
    But this i know unless i have symptoms no one pushing not even a cotton swab into my nostrils
    These fast making kits have shown to be problematic

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  • They should push a mop up your Asset.

    Name one island in CARICOM the closed they borders in time to now have a count of zero?

    Everything from you is mia this and mia that, mia mia mia. she gine give you a good stroke,

    All the anti mia talk you giving according to inteviews by BT, the taximen at the airport and the merchants in Bridgetown all agree that mia do right to keep Barbados open as long as she can.

    mia gine retire from politics and be someplace relaxing and firing one with owen and sinklar and you Asset gine be in some ole people home getting nursing because you aint going to recover from the mia stroke.

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  • Another serious lack is in personal protective equipment for front line medical staff. They are being asked to make do with a couple of re-used masks and a single gown. This is an embarrassing travesty. We must do better.
    Xxxxxxxx

    YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS.

    MANY OF THESE FRONTLINE ESSENTIAL WORKERS IF NOT ALL WILL CATCH THE VIRUS AND PASS ONTO OTHERS.

    BARBADOS CANNOT BE SO BROKE OR STUPID IN THESE TYPE OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICES.

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  • Don’t panic on the Titanic!

    According to my information, Barbados will resume international flight operations in May.

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  • NorthernObserver

    “Mariposa has been in lockdown since May24 2018
    Lockdown muh pocket book
    Lockdown muh bank book
    Now gonna lock down muh house and get to hell outta here”

    Do us all a favour and lockdown your keyboard too, Stay safe, and be careful where you go.

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  • @peterlawrencethompson March 26, 2020 9:32 PM

    Cannot do wide spread testing at the moment. Have not got the number of test kits. So it makes no sense to keep harping on the point. In an ideal world the required number would be available..

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  • I wonder what this medical procedure is? Seems like I am the only one wondering.

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  • @ Robert

    It is all part of the secrecy of Barbadian society. The prime minister should come clean and tell us what her medical procedure is, and if it will be carried out in the QEH or some expensive private hospital/clinic?
    If Prince Charles can have his coronavirus test done on the NHS so should our president.

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  • “Everything from you is mia this and mia that, mia mia mia. she gine give you a good stroke..”

    @ john2

    Hahahahahaha

    Don’t bother about Mari, surely by now you should’ve realized she’s obsessed with Mia.

    Perhaps this obsession could be the result of Mia LIVING, RENT FREE, in Mari’s HEAD for several years.

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  • I have been hearing about this for days…how many tourists in hotels are infected and are they being counted, i know for the two hotels i heard about those infected are isolated. Some bajans with their usual hatred for their fellow caricom people were kicking up a fuss about 35 Trinis whom no one says are infected,, but apparently dont know about the infected tourists in hotels and just how many they are…maybe they would much prefer welcome them.

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  • @ Mariposa

    Good call. You raised the issue of the president’s absence, now it has been revealed she needs a medical procecdure. Was that the reason why she was not visibly in charge over the last few days and why VoB rushed out nonsense about the president chairing a meeting of the Cabinet?

    Equally questionable is the idea of a night-time curfew. Why is that? Normally a night-ime curfaew is to control social problems, such as riots and robberies. But the nation is facing a health pandemic and this virus does not stop at 6am and resume at 8pm.
    The government should have imposed a round-the-clock lockdown, except for essential workers, since it is during the daytime that people mingle, congregate, cluster, from going to work, travelling on public transport, to congregating in Oistin’s to play dominoes.
    But, as so often, there is the normal way and there is the Bajan way. We impose a curfew for the time when most people will be in bed, but when they are busy and walking around we let them do so freely.
    Nonsense.
    Keep up the questioning, @Mariposa. Focus on the President, she calls the shots.

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  • Appending the appalling nonsense you just posted could have been – I wish the prime minister a good recovery.

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  • @ PLT

    Ms Mottley is our best choice for political leadership at the moment despite her flaws. She stands head and shoulders above any other member of the BLP or the DLP in leadership…(Quote)

    The president has had nearly two years to prove her leadership skills. She has failed. Even so, given the lack of talent in both the BLP and DLP, she has proven that she is indeed head and shoulders above a group of dwarfs. We deserve better.

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  • Although like Trump the PM has placed thousands of barbadians at the risk of contracting the disease
    I wish her the very best as she undergoes her medical procedure Right now going forward the entire country needs to pray without ceasing
    Barbadains cannot take it for granted that the small numbers cannot get larger
    The virus is highly contagious and all barbadians must do what they belive is in their best interest to stop the spread of the virus and not become contaminated
    I have enough food supply enough that i can share with others who might not have or cannot afford to buy items
    My concern is for the people’s health and not primarily for the saving of the one sector which is tourism
    A sector which has benefitted over the years by the much financial support of govt
    A sector which in times of crisis should have made enough money over the years by way of proper planning to ride the rough waters of Corona until calmer waters arrive at their door steps
    In my mind govt had a one plan tourism sector objective an objective which in the long run rather than saved the health system or the economy millions of dollars might have caused more financial stress socially and economically on the nation of barbados

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  • How do you plan to share your food with Barbadians?

    You continue with your lies.

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  • Also most troubling is that the virus has no time line for errupting and making the infected person sick
    There are a myriad of problematic reasons that are associated with the virus that would give reason to take an approach of being safe than sorry
    An approach which would have clam the fears of the people given many a heightened concern that govt cared for the people
    Now that the horse is bolted the fear factor lingers a lot longer as hit and miss rules and regulations take on the role of containing the virus whilst most people especially the elderly cower in fear of the virus
    Not Good

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  • David March 27, 2020 5:26 AM

    How do you plan to share your food with Barbadians?

    You continue with your lies

    Xxcccccccc

    David Why are u being so negative
    Also why dont u stay out of my business
    I have a plan
    Do u

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  • i disagree that MAM is the best at this time. she is overly optimistic and talks too much. her message should have been clear, sharp and short. no flowery language, no bigging up her administration and no using WHO so called guidelines as an excuse not to act.

    these are unprecedented times and no political speeches are gonna cut it. i stopped listening after 10 minutes. she goes on too much. she is a talk ass bird

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  • Back patting while thousands of tourists were allowed to unnecessarily walk around the place makes no sense, wonder why she never mentioned those in the hotels who are infected….back patting and talking pure shite never impresses me.

    she should be focusing more on her procedure…instead of all the self praise.

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  • @ Hal March 27, 2020 3:02 AM

    It was said that things would be transparent. The public should know. This is my second curfew. Fifty years ago in Trinidad I experienced my first one It was dusk to dawn. Failure to comply was punishable by lethal force.

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  • @ Greene March 27, 2020 7:01 AM

    I did not listen at all. haven’t listened to any of public statements made by her on this issue She is very glib and most times has nothing to say.

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  • @ Hal March 27, 2020 5:08 AM

    As I mentioned in a post above, in Trinidad in 1970 with the dusk-to-dawn curfew, use of lethal was ordered. Your post is spot on.

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  • Most counties in Georgia, USA are under a nigh time curfew similar to the one going into effect in Barbados tomorrow.

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  • Cayman is under 24 hour curfew. We have armchair critics who do what armchair critics do.

    http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/caribbean/20200326/cayman-islands-under-24-hour-curfew-until-saturday-due-covid

    The government has taken the proactive position to move to stage 3 although we have not had a reported community transmission.

    Bajans living in the US, UK and other countries where COVID 19 was allowed to overrun the system are understandably bringing concerns to the blog, and rightfully so, but different countries have to design responses based on unique situations.

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  • it is also instructive that when she goes into surgery that useless Minister of Ed will be in charge

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  • Well it appears cousin Boris got a positive test with mild symptoms just like cousin Charles…no one is immune….or invincible or untouchable as most would like to believe.

    “Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus. The prime minister said he had “mild symptoms”. It came as London’s NHS scrambled to avert “armageddon” as a surge of cases in the capital was recorded. Last night the UK death toll hit 578, seeing its biggest daily increase of 115”

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  • @David,

    you dont have to wait until my house burn down to wet yours

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  • @Greene

    This is why the prime minister moved to stage 3?

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  • CORONAVIRUS

    South Fulton establishes curfew, issues state of emergency
    Residents in many cases will be required to stay indoors between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.

    Author: Christopher Buchanan
    Published: 4:27 PM EDT March 18, 2020
    Updated: 1:35 PM EDT March 19, 2020
    SOUTH FULTON, Ga. — A large Fulton County city outside of Atlanta has declared a state of emergency to slow the spread of coronavirus in the area. Mayor William “Bill” Edwards, with the support of the city council, declared the emergency at the city’s Tuesday night meeting “in an effort to take proactive measures for the health and safety of residents.”

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  • she should have moved to stage 3 a week or two ago. i will forgive her for not moving to stage 3 from the first infection. but the government did not tell people that it brought back the students from China and asked them to self isolated. most of the local spread is from people who didnt self isolated. in a small community like Bim that is a recipe for disaster. in addition the front line emergency people are not being protected properly.

    i do understand the need to protect the economy and at first i agreed with the graduated approach until i learnt of the students form China. they should have been quarantined at the least. one cannot hope to save an economy without people.

    with this virus you have to choose one.

    the good thing is that we seem to be getting the mild form of the virus. thank goodness for that

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  • Bajans living in the US, UK and other countries where COVID 19 was allowed to overrun the system…….(Quote)

    Insanity.

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  • @Greene

    Several links posted this morning show different countries using different approaches. Shudah, wuhdah, there will always be second guessing.

    Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

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  • Boris Johnson , the UK PM, has contracted Covid.

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  • Last Saturday people crowded in to a South Coast hotel to buy and eat black pudding. Will the same happen tomorrow?

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Davíd, debating this stuff is becoming overly distressing.

    One on hand some bloggers contradict themselves so easily with statements one day that say the opposite a few days later and then of course it’s the validation of one’s preferred leader regardless of the impracticality of his/her reasoning.

    In that regard I must agree with @Greene re moving to the stage 3 weeks ago!

    It’s not a cudda, shudda second guessing but very simple facts.

    If the Mottley govt has only done about 210 tests in 3 weeks and have about 24 cases and growing isn’t it fair and rationale to expect that if they had done 600 tests that the results could have long ago be closer to about 60 or the same 10%+ ratio.

    On WHAT basis was her admin assessing when to move to a lock down if in fact their data was basically INVALID.

    How could they be allowing folks from hotspots and NOT enforcing quarantines and yet not expect possibly more cases?

    How can we NOT be giving works PPE and not expect possibly more cases?

    There are stories of Min of Health exceptions being given to high net worth individuals who are coming to Bim to stay at their private residences … But the stories don’t say whether the Health Minister is also mandating that the butlers and other staff supporting these types of visitors are required to wear PPE when in contact with these exempt folks.

    There have been TOO MANY gaps in our process and I find it shocking.

    I wish Ms Mottley well.

    Her leadership and that of the BLP govt overall on this has been difficult to comprehend.

    This entire COVID19 debacle is astonishing for the many missteps across all governments…

    ‘Houston, we have a problem’!

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  • BILLY G IS A GLOBALIST, WHO SPEAKS OUT OF BOTH SIDES OF HIS MOUTH FOR HIS OWN AIMS AND OBJECTIVES.

    Don’t you get it …it is in Billy G’s interest to Lock Down the Economy that way all Small Business will go out of Businesses and the Powerful Conglomerates will have a Bigger Share of the Pie! That is the End All of Game for the Globalist Elite like Billy Boy and the (New World Order Minions). In Addition, their Plan is to Depopulate the world for the same Reason! These are the Greedy ones Masquerading as having the Populations Interest at Heart!

    BEWARE OF BG’S ARTIFICIAL SWEET WATER WORDS…

    BILL GATES SENDS OVER $11 MILLION TO PRO-ABORTION GROUP PUSHING POPULATION CONTROL WORLDWIDE (between 2918 -2020 Alone)

    Bill and Malinda Gated Foundation has also given at least $81,009,329 to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from 2009 and before to 2018, according to records taken from the foundation’s website.

    Billy G’s Daddy was a EUGENICIST who was head of Planned-murder-hood in his time and Billy Boy is walking in his Pappies footsteps…He is a Globalist who is all for Depopulation & Population Control!

    WHO STANDS TO PROSPER FROM THE PATENT ON THE CORONA VACCINES?

    REMEMBER A BITTER FOUNTAIN DOES NOT BRING FORTH SWEET WATER!

    Billy G IS ALL ABOUT “Reducing The Population Growth”

    HEAR BILLY IN HIS OWN WORDS!!

    SO VERY TRUE!!!

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  • Reality.

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  • @Dee Word

    The blogmaster gives way to your infinite wisdom on this matter.

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  • @ Hal Austin March 27, 2020 5:08 AM
    “Equally questionable is the idea of a night-time curfew. Why is that? Normally a night-ime curfaew is to control social problems, such as riots and robberies. But the nation is facing a health pandemic and this virus does not stop at 6am and resume at 8pm.
    The government should have imposed a round-the-clock lockdown, except for essential workers, since it is during the daytime that people mingle, congregate, cluster, from going to work, travelling on public transport, to congregating in Oistin’s to play dominoes.
    But, as so often, there is the normal way and there is the Bajan way. We impose a curfew for the time when most people will be in bed, but when they are busy and walking around we let them do so freely.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Well, said, Hal!

    Your observations and suggestion are well grounded in the field of pure COMMONSENSE.

    How can poor people practise so-called social distancing travelling on an overcrowded Bajan ZR during the day?

    The cases of Prince Charlie and PM Johnson certainly go to show the Covid is indeed blind; and, like death, can be no respecter of colour, creed, gender, or social status.

    We are just hoping your former overly ‘animated friend’ Donville remains safe in NY under two lockdowns and have his sentencing delayed for another year of misery.

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  • Stop touching up each other, keep ya distance and big up the frontline workers giving them the confidence and support they need, without whom you will all die.

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  • We are just hoping your former overly ‘animated friend’ Donville remains safe in NY….(Quote)

    ????????

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  • Radio waves radiation poison cells which in turn excrete the damage via the orafices in the form of a virus with flu like symptoms that can quickly lead to serious complications or death.

    Which countries have the highest rated of death?

    What has been introduced in these countries in form of new radiation waves?

    Cruise ship industry is been halted. Which cruise ship upgraded to new mobile connection technology?

    Wuhan China, Italy, Spain, UK and the US just rolled out 5G. These countries are recording the highest death rates.

    Why does the flu season record record deaths, dispute being given flu shots annually?

    What discernment is there in diagnosing flu like symptoms from their causes that can lead to bloated infection numbers?

    What roll is media hype playing for control of narratives and agendas?

    The quest to implement 5G globally is being met with resistance by those in the know. Former pandemics surfaced after the introduction of new radio waves globally now with the assistance of satellites, towers and a matrix of closely knit cells that can penetrate all forms of matter.
    Humanity is in danger

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  • @David,

    on the whole i hope that they are keeping records and minutes and when it is all over someone will develop a protocol or SOPs for how to deal with this kind of disaster. this is usually conducted for disaster planning.

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  • @Greene

    Agree with you here. The world will change after this pandemic is over.

    Some are saying including Bill Gates last night this virus will recycle next year. Hopefully the vaccine would have been identified by then, some countries would have built herd immunity. We will see.

    On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 12:56 PM Barbados Underground wrote:

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  • UK Health secretary also tested positive for coronavirus.

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  • BBC is just reporting that the British Health Matt Hancock Secretary has tested positive for the corona virus.

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  • “David Why are u being so negative?”

    How is David BU being negative?

    I would ‘say’ he was ‘spot on’ by ‘saying “You continue with your lies.”

    A few days ago, you were trying to convince this forum that talk about a 3 month food supply was untrue.

    Now. all of sudden, you “have enough food supply enough that (you) can share with others who might not have or cannot afford to buy items.”

    It is upon this basis I would ‘say’ David was ‘spot on’ when he ‘said’ “You continue with your lies.”

    You also mentioned your unwillingness to adhere to ‘government’s’ precautionary measures and having implemented measures of your own. And, you’ve also been ‘saying’ there are many more cases of people testing positive COVID-19 than what is being reported by ‘government.’

    This is evidenced by your following comment: “Now that the horse is bolted the fear factor lingers a lot longer as hit and miss rules and regulations take on the role of containing the virus whilst most people especially the elderly cower in fear of the virus.”

    Since you seem to believe the virus is widespread and there is fear among the population, the Blogmaster asked you a very important question re:

    “How do you plan to share your food with Barbadians?”

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  • @ Hal Austin March 27, 2020 8:50 AM

    Sorry, Hal!

    That ‘gut-wrenching verbal’ punch was intended for your mate Green(e). You can pass it on (like the Covid) to that other member of the Cawmere Mafiosi in the UK.

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  • Govt: We have ‘more than enough’ test kits
    Government moved again tonight to dispel rumours about its readiness to fight COVID-19, denying that there is a shortage of COVID-19 testing kits.
    Updating the country in an address to the nation on the impact of the virus in Barbados, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said there are more than enough testing kits on the island.
    She said: “And I want to say this, because that has been one of the unfortunate rumours going around. This Government has not only received more than 600 recently, when the last time we spoke last week, but 2,500 came in again today.
    “And I can assure you that the Government of Barbados has ordered 50,000 with a requirement now for the Ministry of Health to order another 50,000 in the event that we shall need them.”
    She noted that the same applies to swabs and ventilators.
    Mottley declared: “Let us desist from forwarding around these mischievous messages about an inadequate supply of medical supplies.
    “It is simply not true and it causes unnecessary panic in our population especially for persons who ought really just to be reflecting and resting and allowing us to get out of this situation.”
    Earlier today, the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs refuted a WhatsApp message advising people that the Welfare Department is distributing $300 grants to families in need. (EJ)

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  • @john2 March 26, 2020 11:21 PM “They should push a mop up your Asset. mia gine retire from politics and be someplace relaxing and firing one with owen and sinklar and you Asset gine be in some ole people home getting nursing because you aint going to recover from the mia stroke.”

    You being very cruel to our Mari.

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  • (Quote):
    Since you seem to believe the virus is widespread and there is fear among the population, the Blogmaster asked you a very important question re:
    “How do you plan to share your food with Barbadians?”
    (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Simple! A classic case of fighting fire with fire.

    Two viruses will be at war with the devil the peacemaker.

    Just imagine the old multi-faced “ac” (bedecked in a germ-laden weave and all) in mortal combat with the new kid on the block called Covid!

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  • Vincent Codrington

    God moves in a mysterious way
    His wonders to perform.
    BU Household, relax. We are doing the best we can with the resources and information at our disposal. The public is responding quite well by self imposed isolation. They are not so far hoarding supplies nor rioting. Contact tracing is bearing good results. Since there are not 2k test kits, the sensible approach is to test those most likely to be infected or are transmitters and isolating and testing those who are probably transmitters. Trust me, we are doing well. Our approach is fit for purpose.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    Correction. I should have keyboarded 280 000 test kits rather not 2000.

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  • @ David BU

    Barbados implemented precautionary measures for COVID-19, called the “National COVID-19 Preparedness Plan,” which was supposed to be progressively ‘rolled out’ in stages, according to how the island is being affected by the virus.

    STAGE 1: Isolated case of COVID-19 detected in Barbados

    ….. Activation of National Emergency Operations Centre for national preparedness
    ….. Activation of Isolation Centre.
    ….. Preparation of severe treatment facility and Paragon, St. Lucy District Hospital or Field
    ….. Medical Hospital for screening, quarantine and isolation.
    ….. Reconfiguring of polyclinics to facilitate local screening.
    ….. Advice on limiting mass gathering to reduce risk for local spread.

    STAGE 2: Confirmed human-to-human spread of COVID-19 in Barbados.

    ….. Small clusters in Barbados (≤ 25 cases) with limited human-to-human spread, but spread is highly localised.
    ….. Continued sensitisation of general public.
    ….. Standing up of one supplementary facility for moderate cases requiring hospitalisation (schools and Field Medical Hospital).
    ….. Designated additional capacity for screening (churches, community centres, schools).

    STAGE 3: Large clusters of COVID-19 human to human spread.

    ….. Increased and sustained transmission in the general population
    ….. Evidence of widespread locally and health services are overwhelmed (increase in visits of more than 10%) – State of Emergency Declared.
    ….. Cabinet members sequestered.
    ….. Additional supplementary hospitalisation facilities for moderate cases deployed. Prohibiting mass gatherings.
    ….. Persons without respiratory distress to self-isolate.
    ….. Recommend that ill workers get 5-7 days without sick leave form.

    To ‘say’ government should have gone to Stage 3 ‘a week or 2 or weeks ago’ is, in MY opinion, a bit unreasonable, especially if one takes the plans into consideration and how the authorities responded accordingly.

    Although I’m not a Mottley fan, I prefer to be fair and give credit when it’s due. However, we have some individuals whose hatred for her sees them preferring to be ‘oppressively constant’ in their criticisms of whatever she does. For them, Mottley seems unable to do anything right and they’re hoping she fails….. ‘crash and burn.’

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  • Artax

    A few days ago, you were trying to convince this forum that talk about a 3 month food supply was untrue.
    Xxxxxxx
    Where did i make mention of what u say in the above comment
    You are a bold face liar
    Prove yuhself to be right with that comment
    I remember mentioning that Mia talk of having 3mths supply was not enough to feed the country

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ Artax at 9:43 AM

    I agree with your analysis 100%. Some of us prefer to ignore the issues and comment on persons .

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  • SW
    What you called cruel I call tough love 🙂

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  • It is now obvious that govt talk of partial shutdown is simply placing a small band aid over a large wound
    For one their is too much uncertainty as to how many people living in households who are infected and can be carries of the virus as they interact amongst the people in various area such as workplace
    Mia words like mild does not cut it for those people in high risk category

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  • Artax,

    a plan is a mere guideline devised for the best case scenario. no plan survives the first encounter with the enemy. one must be nibble and also plan for if the plan goes wrong. therefore there should have been many what if / contingency plans.

    rigidly sticking to a plan is like having no plan at all. there must be maneuverability built in. you cannot tell me that seeing how the virus spread locally in Italy and Spain and now NY and England that you would not consider moving to stage 3 just in case. couple that with knowingly allowing bajan students from China to return without alerting the public or quarantining them knowing that China was the epicenter of the virus: that is only commonsense.

    i know we will say that was not Govt’s fault but when planning one must also take into account the likely reaction of certain groups of people. students are young and think they are indestructible therefore they should have been quarantined.

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  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-coronavirus-thursday-new-cases-1.5510534

    “There are approximately 10,965 people awaiting test results. Some 2,439 tests were completed in the past 24 hours, and there remains a backlog of at least, on average, four days.”

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  • Barbados is either blessed or lucky to have so few cases of the virus.

    BU family should let Google be your friend. Doan have to read an spell fuh wunna.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/coronavirus-covid19-canada-world-march27-1.5511991

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  • Hants
    March 27, 2020 10:47 AM

    Barbados is either blessed or lucky to have so few cases of the virus.
    BU family should let Google be your friend. Doan have to read an spell fuh wunna.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/coronavirus-covid19-canada-world-march27-1.5511991

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

    Lucky Kadooment wasn’t in February!!

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  • I think you will find that the cities in Canada that held New Year celebrations are hardest hit.

    Tell me I am wrong.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @robert lucas March 27, 2020 2:10 AM
    “Cannot do wide spread testing at the moment. Have not got the number of test kits.”
    +++++++++++++++
    Ms Mottley said that “600 test kits have been on the Island, while 2,500 were to arrive yesterday. There was another order for 50,000 and a requirement for the Ministry of Health to order another 50,000 if the need arose…”

    Highly reliable test kits are available from Germany at a cost of Bd$346 per hundred tests from the Berlin biotech firm TIB Molbiol.

    Yet I am told we have run only 246 tests so far and have yet to test, not to mention re-test, any of the front line health care staff.

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  • David
    March 27, 2020 8:59 AM

    @Greene
    Agree with you here. The world will change after this pandemic is over.
    Some are saying including Bill Gates last night this virus will recycle next year. Hopefully the vaccine would have been identified by then, some countries would have built herd immunity. We will see.
    On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 12:56 PM Barbados Underground wrote:

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

    Every year a new flu vaccine has to be made because the flu is different from the last year.

    Might be nothing next year or might be Montezuma’s revenge.

    Not sure if I agree with old Bill …. or for that matter Fauci!!

    Time will tell

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  • Relax folks Mia has the virus under control
    This govt has the answers that top scientist does not have

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    Greene March 27, 2020 7:01 AM
    “i disagree that MAM is the best at this time.”
    ++++++++++++++++++=
    I have compared her to all the: opposition figures, public intellectuals, the rest of the Cabinet, people on Brasstacks, and BU colleagues. My opinion stands. For all her faults nobody else even come close.

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  • John

    Trini carnival was in feb

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  • @PLT

    I have compared her to all the: opposition figures, public intellectuals, the rest of the Cabinet, people on Brasstacks, and BU colleagues. My opinion stands. For all her faults nobody else even come close (Quote).

    Don’t talk nonsense. This is the kind of crap that gives Barbados a bad name. How are you measuring?

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  • I agree with Artax! You Mariposa need a time out!

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  • John
    March 27, 2020 10:59 AM

    I think you will find that the cities in Canada that held New Year celebrations are hardest hit.
    Tell me I am wrong.

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

    This virus responded like a fire given a lot of fuel at the beginning.

    It spread out of control.

    Starve it of fuel and it will abate.

    Like all fires it isn’t out till every flame and flicker has been extinguished.

    Pity it was fed fuel in January/February.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Hal Austin March 27, 2020 11:27 AM
    “How are you measuring?”
    ++++++++++++++++
    I am measuring by paying attention, listening, and evaluating. Can you point out a leadership voice that is outperforming her??? I have looked without discovering same. If you can help me find that voice I will certainly listen.

    Don’t get me wrong… I find a great deal wrong with Ms. Mottley’s approach, but I find even more wrong with the others.

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  • Russia has 1036 cases, 3 deaths, and 8 serious/critical cases.

    It also shares a land border with China.

    But, Russia is Russia and China is China!!

    Here is an example of this year’s attempts at multiculturalism in Russia.

    Understated to say the least when compared with the countries which embrace multiculturalism.

    https://sputniknews.com/russia/201802161061709455-china-russia-culture-new-year/

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  • This is how the virus deaths unfold, very slowly, then jumps, then doubles.

    “An elderly man who was among the cruise ship passengers quarantined at Camp Balandra and then transferred to the Couva Hospital after falling ill, has died from complications as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

    The Express was told he was an 80 year old.

    He is the second fatality recorded in Trinidad and Tobago.

    The first death was that of 77-year-old Hansel Leon, who died at the Couva Hospital on Wednesday.”

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  • Our PM & her team are doing very well and not being ‘out-performed’ by any in our region or internationally. But let us be frank….this is what we expect from our leaders so its not ‘above & beyond’, greatest & best in the world, future Nobel prize, etc., etc., etc……. let us however, thank out lucky stars that this crisis did not rear its ugly head 3 years earlier …. when Fumble & company were in-charge!!!

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  • John maybe Chinese newyears celebrations at the end of jan

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  • @ PLT

    It is a silly game. Go and spend your time doing more interesting things. What do you know about leadership? By definition, you must be the top leader since you set yourself up as the top judge. What do you pay attention to? What do you listen to? How do you evaluate? Stop talking just because you have a mouth – or typing because you have ten fingers.
    So for the last two years we have had the best leadership we can produce as a nation, a leader that has crashed the economy on the rocks? A woman whose economic competence and knowledge is not even comparable to yours. She maybe the best in a poor talent pool of politicians, but the politicians (mostly second rate lawyers) are not the best in the nation.
    Silly suggestion.

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  • @Hal Austin March 27, 2020 8:17 AM “Last Saturday people crowded in to a South Coast hotel to buy and eat black pudding.”

    I’ve seasoned a chicken and plan to roast/bake it this afternoon. i normaly stuff with eclispe biscuits, but right now Idon’t want to use up my dry biscuits but I do have a fair amount of frozen, grated sweet potato on hand. I’ve never stuffed poultry with sweet potato before, but I’ll do so this afternoon and let you know how it turns out.

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  • @ peterlawrencethompson who wrote ” we have run only 246 tests so far and have yet to test, not to mention re-test, any of the front line health care staff.”

    If true that could mean that there are a lot of people who are likely carrying and spreading Covid 19 in Barbados.

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  • @PLT,

    if we are talking about the voice of the Govt’s response to Covid 19, who else is out there leading the fight against Covid 19? who else is in a position to do so? this is a govt led fight, is it not so? what use are the comparison with others then?

    that notwithstanding it is a matter of opinion and that speech last night was too long and full of gratuitous nonsense. it could have been limited to 10 minutes.

    if you are talking about her leadership as PM, you may have a point. But we have no choice. she was elected overwhelmingly

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