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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  • Left Cyril and walked home. Entered Henry’s Lane. could not believe my eyes. There is a big crowd, the alcohol is flowing and the dope also. The music is blaring out( a pulsating beat, that stirs the emotions of even an old fart like me).I cannot say a word. The young people are doing their own thing. This country has to do like India flog some folks.

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    THE REASON WHY I SAID THE 8pm TO 6am CURFEW IS A JOKE AND AN OBVIOUS WASTE OF TIME MAINLY PR.

    THE CORONAVIRUS CAN BE SPREAD 24HRS A DAY.

    BARBADOS IS INDEED AN ISLAND OF KNUCKLEHEADS AT THE TOP WITH MANY PEOPLE DRINKING THEIR JIM JONES KOOLAID.

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  • Baje, The curfew has another reason. In fact, the usual reason for one. Very important.

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  • David
    March 29, 2020 1:50 PM

    Dr. Fauci who is USA’s infectious diseases CZAR opined that New York is regarded the epicenter of COVID 19 because it is the entry/transit point for the USA.
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    Why would folks from China travel all the way around the world to enter the US through New York?

    Just cross the Pacific and enter through LAX, or SFO!!

    New York so far has 59,513 cases and California less than 1/10th, 5,718.

    Dr. Fauci is missing something major!!

    I worry about any advice he may give the President.

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  • There is obviously something else!!

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  • I went to the Far East way back in 1983!!

    LAX to Singapore via Honolulu in transit.

    If Hawaii still serves as an in transit stop between the US and Far East, then why zero deaths and only 151 total cases?

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  • How many passengers from China to JFK vs LAX/SFO?

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  • The port of los angeles is America’s busiest and most used container port. Most of the shipments from the pacific (ie China) use it.
    New York is the business capital of the world.

    Which one would you expect more Chinese tourists. And tourists from secondary clusters

    Weak weak argument John, try again. You usually put more thought, this one was terrible. (Ate too much for lunch)

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  • What about Italy and Spain?

    Why are they so hard hit?

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  • Where in Spain is the business capital of Europe?

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  • Redguard
    March 29, 2020 4:15 PM

    New York is the business capital of the world.
    Which one would you expect more Chinese tourists. And tourists from secondary clusters

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    Why would tourists go to the business capital of the world?

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  • I would agree it has to do with tourists and a sudden rise.

    Closest I have seen to business related was the gas meter company meeting in Singapore which is claimed to have produced patient zero.

    Don’t buy that though.

    Something out of the ordinary caused a spike in tourist travel … Chinese New Year.

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  • Fauci is covering for Cuomo!!

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  • COVID-19 if memory serves me right appeared first on the West Coast back in January.

    On Mar 11, just 18 days ago,

    “Since the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Washington state Jan. 20, the West Coast has effectively become the country’s epicenter for COVID-19.”

    https://www.wweek.com/news/2020/03/11/oregon-looks-like-the-west-coast-state-least-aggressively-grappling-with-covid-19/

    COVID-19 did not appear in New York till later.

    By January 30 travel from China was curtailed.

    Perhaps the outbreak in New York is due to travelers from Europe prior to when that was curtailed March 11.

    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/tri-state-braces-for-further-covid-19-spread-after-house-house-emergency-bill/2326406/

    Four deaths on 14th March in New York.

    One, an 82 year old woman suffered from emphysema.

    My aunt at 86, a chain smoker, lived to 86 but her last years of life were hell.

    Emphysema.

    Lungs mashed up.

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  • If first death 14th Mar then infection was taking place probably in February.

    So what was going on in New York in February?

    “The 21st annual Chinese New Year Parade will kick off on February 9 at 1 p.m. ET and the celebration will continue until 4:30 p.m. ET. The Lunar New Year celebration begins at Mott and Canal St and goes to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, and ends on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets toward Grand Street, next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
    About 500,000 people attend New York’s Chinese New Year parade each year to enjoy dragons, floats, and seas of red and gold. The New York City Parks Department advises an early arrival for a great spot to view the amazing spectacles and performances. The parade also boasts a variety of food and vendors that can be enjoyed by spectators of all ages.”

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  • UK Coronavirus: Police left in ‘absolute shock’ after finding 25 adults and children at karaoke party despite lockdown

    Police in Derbyshire were left in “absolute shock” after finding a “massive” karaoke party despite the coronavirus lockdown.

    Derbyshire Police said officers were called to an address in Normanton, Derby, at 10pm on Saturday, where they found a gathering of 25 adults and children.

    Sharing the discovery via its Derby West Response team’s Twitter account, it said: “Officers have just attended an address in absolute shock to find 25 adults and children having a massive party with speakers and karaoke. Everyone dispersed and hosts dealt with.

    The tweet included pictures of a table loaded with a buffet and drinks as well as speakers for a karaoke machine.

    The force told the PA news agency that “strong words of advice” were given to all those involved and the party was dispersed but no further action was taken.

    The discovery comes amid ongoing concerns that some people are failing to follow the government’s lockdown rules, which instruct people to stay at home unless for exercise, work, or to shop for essentials or medicine.

    People have been told not to gather with friends or visit other households and to stay at home.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-police-karaoke-party-lockdown-155617425.html

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    NOBODY BEING FINED $50,000 OR IMPRISONMENT

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  • John
    March 29, 2020 5:18 PM

    If first death 14th Mar then infection was taking place probably in February.
    So what was going on in New York in February?
    “The 21st annual Chinese New Year Parade will kick off on February 9 at 1 p.m. ET and the celebration will continue until 4:30 p.m. ET. The Lunar New Year celebration begins at Mott and Canal St and goes to Chatham Square to East Broadway towards the Manhattan Bridge, and ends on Eldridge and Forsyth Streets toward Grand Street, next to Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
    About 500,000 people attend New York’s Chinese New Year parade each year to enjoy dragons, floats, and seas of red and gold. The New York City Parks Department advises an early arrival for a great spot to view the amazing spectacles and performances. The parade also boasts a variety of food and vendors that can be enjoyed by spectators of all ages.”

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    Then

    https://www.timeout.com/newyork/mardi-gras

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  • fortyacresandamule

    @Dr Lucas. Back in the day I went to the St Agustine campus to look for friend who was studying Agriculture Engineer. He lived on Canada Hall. I was terrified of the iguanas running all over the place.

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  • @Redguard
    March 29, 2020 4:15 PM

    New York is the business capital of the world.
    Which one would you expect more Chinese tourists. And tourists from secondary clusters

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    @John
    Why would tourists go to the business capital of the world?

    Restating
    Why would tourist go toe New York?
    Nonsense that passes as intelligence.

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  • “On Jan. 24, de Blasio said New Yorkers should “continue living as you have”; on Feb. 14 he said, “this should not stop you from going about your life … from going out to Chinatown and going out to eat”; and on March 13, he reiterated “we wanted people to go on about their lives.”
    In an especially ill-advised March 2 tweet, de Blasio wrote: “Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions. Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see “The Traitor” @FilmLinc. If “The Wire” was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.”
    The Trump administration restricted travel from China on Jan. 31 in response to the mounting coronavirus threat — a move many Democrats and media outlets characterized as irresponsible and unnecessary.”

    This is what the NYC Mayor was telling his constituents.

    Spilt milk I guess.

    New cases in New York state down by 1000 since yesterday.

    A good sign.

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  • TheOgazerts
    March 29, 2020 8:16 PM

    @Redguard
    March 29, 2020 4:15 PM
    New York is the business capital of the world.
    Which one would you expect more Chinese tourists. And tourists from secondary clusters
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    @John
    Why would tourists go to the business capital of the world?
    Restating
    Why would tourist go toe New York?
    Nonsense that passes as intelligence.

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    Here is my explanation for New York/North America and Europe.

    COVID-19 entered the US on the West Coast in January from China.

    SFO and LAX.

    In the states which had large gatherings of persons for Chinese New Year it spread but no gatherings compared in size to the ones in New York.

    COVID-19 also spread to neighbouring states to California on the West Coast.

    It then crossed the US by domestic flights to JFK and La Guardia from LAX and SFO as many tourists from China headed to the major celebrations in New York for Chinese New Year.

    The celebrations in New York were large and a large number of infections resulted by February 10th, far more than on the West Coast.

    Europe was also infected in a similar first wave through similar celebrations which attracted tourists from China coming the other way around the globe.

    Italy held major celebrations in Milan in the Lombardy Region, Spain in Madrid.

    England and France also held celebrations for Chinese New Year.

    The Pre Lenten celebrations up to February 26th provided a boost/second wave to the spread of the virus but Europe suffered more than North America from this boost because most countries there have Carnival and it is a part of their heritage.

    The major pre Lenten celebrations on the North American continent are where Europe’s influence remained longest, Louisiana/New Orleans and French Canada.

    This is where the second wave hit on the North American Continent.

    Europe got hit harder in the second wave of infections but the first wave established it.

    Europe’s issues will last longer than those on the North American continent because of the second wave.

    North America and more specifically NYC was hit harder from the first wave from China and the second wave was localized to Mardi Gras like celebrations.

    So, what projections follow from this logic and how do they fit the facts?

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  • NYC becomes THE major nest for the virus in the US.

    No precautions are taken until March.

    In fact, quite the opposite its spread is encouraged.

    The virus spreads through New York State and into neighbouring states, like New Jersey by leaps and bounds.

    This spread is different from the spread on the West Coast where fewer were infected.

    To date half of the COVID-19 cases are in New York state.

    The epicenter is NYC but not because it is a tourist attraction alone but also because of the activities for which the tourists were attracted, huge gatherings of people in close proximity.

    The second wave then hits New Orleans, Mardi Gras, same reason, tourists attracted to huge gatherings.

    Virus now spreads from these large numbers to neighbouring states.

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  • So why isn’t the first state, California, in such a mess as New York?

    Because California had fewer original cases.

    That suggests the virus is not as contagious as is feared.

    Under normal circumstances, the virus would have been like normal flu.

    The deaths it caused would have been attributed to the normal deaths that happen every year during flu season.

    The medical services would not have been swamped, the press would not have covered it and we would be none the wiser.

    Social distancing, quarantines, sanitizing and other normal procedures applicable in a pandemic will starve the virus of hosts.

    Its abatement I think will happen first on the North American continent and then in Europe.

    I think England will get back to normal the fastest of the three regions.

    You can follow its progress here.

    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

    The first wave from China will not have been as great as New York.

    The second wave from the pre Lenten celebrations will also be smaller than in Europe.

    Two different cultures.

    BREXIT!!

    It has fewer per capita cases to work themselves through the system.

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  • So Hal

    If I am right Old Blighty should be coming out of the worst shortly, I think possibly days.

    Follow its progress here.

    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

    Barbados while clearly needing to be careful may have nothing to fear.

    The countries in Africa will probably be ok as they are now.

    Russia also will probably be ok.

    Indonesia will have one of the highest mortality rate from the cases it had because of its smoking but there should not be a run away pandemic because many from China cancelled their plans to go to Bali for New Year celebrations.

    I think COVID-19 is as contagious as seasonal flu and it is the large gatherings of people body pressed to body that have exaggerated its power.

    Anti-social distancing.

    The world will have had a preview, warning if you like of things yet to come.

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  • Brazil
    Health officials in Brazil say coronavirus cases are now reported in all regions of the country. In a recent tweet, Brazil’s president says the country will now utilize the armed forces 24 hours a day to fight the virus. It is pouring more resources into battling coronavirus including an expansion of tests, more laboratories to diagnose COVID-19, and increasing the number of ICU beds. 23 members of Brazilian’s presidential delegation that came to Florida two weeks ago later tested positive for coronavirus. During that trip, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro dined with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago.

    https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/how-covid-19-has-affected-the-caribbean-and-latin-america/2211725/

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  • John
    March 29, 2020 11:31 PM

    So Hal
    If I am right Old Blighty should be coming out of the worst shortly, I think possibly days.
    Follow its progress here.
    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/uk/

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    Daily new cases has fallen for two days running and daily deaths down today.

    A portent perhaps of things to come.

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  • Hants

    Check what is being reported for Canada in the numbers here.

    I think the pandemic there has reached an apex and will fall over the next few days.

    Check daily new cases and deaths here.

    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/canada/

    Nothing wrong in being proactive but the numbers suggest Canada may be panicking.

    Canada has 120 serious/critical cases.

    Should push up GDP though.

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  • Hal

    Experts Warn Of 250,000 Coronavirus Deaths In UK Without …
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk › entry › imperial-college-report-coronavi…

    Mar 16, 2020 – The Imperial College report said it had only reached its conclusions in the last few days based on experience in Italy and the UK.

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    I understand the experts are revising or have revised their figures from the 16th.

    Gave poor old Boris the runnings.

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  • Trump will get America through.

    Of course I could be wrong!!

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  • New York: the new deadly epicentre of the coronavirus crisis | 60 Minutes Australia

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  • Australia has 4,163 cases, 17 deaths and 28 serious/critical.

    See Australia’s data here.

    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/australia/

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  • Members of the press needs to use its common sense.

    Of course this is serious stuff but panic is being promoted through ignorance.

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  • John
    March 30, 2020 12:32 AM

    Imperial College expert revises number of deaths from 500,000 to 20,000 …. or less.
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/imperial-college-scientist-who-predicted-500k-coronavirus-deaths-in-uk-revises-to-20k-or-less

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    So far in the UK there have been 1,228 deaths.

    If I am right the horror should soon be over in the UK.

    500,000 -> 20,000 -> I think less than 2,500.

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  • Baje
    March 29, 2020 5:43 PM

    Strong words? You think that will stop people? One thing, remember the Joe’s River accident? A&E could barely respond to that, in fact, from first hand accounts, it was a mess. How do you think it will respond to this virus, if it gets going in BIM?

    But from what Dr.Lucas said on his walks, bajan youth are congregating as normal. Sure, many will be fine, a fever, coughing for a couple of weeks and that is it.

    But what about those who will not be fine? Some who will surprise too. It will not just be elderly or frail people.

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  • John
    March 30, 2020 12:40 AM

    Some of the latest comments from senior officials suggest that the lockdown in the UK will continue for months.

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  • The test for the virus I referred to previously( ELISA or monoclonal anti-body technique) is now available and takes less than 15 minutes. See the article below. If Barbados gets hold of this test,,it can easily screen the entire population It is very simple and easy to do. No training is required just follow the instructions that come with the test kit.

    Quarter of Britons could be tested for coronavirus to shorten lockdown period after it emerges officials have agreed to buy 17.5 MILLION kits for use by mid-April
    Mass testing for coronavirus as officials agree deals to buy 17. 5million test kits
    The tests will be for use by mid-April as the number on infections and deaths rise
    The Government has been fiercely criticised for failing to prioritise testing
    New ‘antibody’ fingerprick tests take 15 minutes to detect if someone had virus
    Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
    By BEN SPENCER MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT and JASON GROVES, POLITICAL EDITOR FOR THE DAILY MAIL

    PUBLISHED: 22:00 BST, 29 March 2020 | UPDATED: 08:36 BST, 30 March 2020

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  • @ Crusoe

    For six months.

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  • IF THE ROYAL BARBADOS POLICE FORCE (RBPF) becomes overwhelmed while enforcing the curfew as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, former officers could be called back into action.
    That was the word from Attorney General Dale Marshall yesterday, as he outlined what would happen if the force was hard hit, and if officers contracted the virus – which has now killed more than 33 000 across the globe – and had to be quarantined.
    He made the comments yesterday during Starcom Network’s Sunday Brass Tracks radio call-in programme.
    Also on the show fielding questions from concerned Barbadians was Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best, who announced that the number of positive cases for the virus had risen to 33 – four from Friday and three more on Saturday – as the island continued measures under Stage 3 of the National Pandemic Preparedness Plan.(Quote)

    What spectacular buffoonery. How a nation responds to the coronavirus pandemic is a reflection of its own culture. At one end is New Zealand, a nation that has formed an overseeing working party, made up of civilians and opposition parties, to interact with government on policy.
    On the other is a bunch of jokers in Barbados who want to use this epidemic as an excuse to introduce a police state, rather than mobilise retired doctors and nurses to return and assist their former colleagues.
    It shows the priorities of a little island who collectively think small – and the people just smile and accept it. A good example is that in the middle of a crisis the chief medical officer goes missing and an acting CMO takes his place. No explanation, because this government does not believe in explanations.
    I am still waiting for the president or one of her economic consultants to explain the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, whether it is BERT or BEST..
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  • @ Hal March 30, 2020 4:44 AM

    My problem is having Richard Carter as the point man in this episode. Else where people who are trained the discipline for example Dr. Anthony Fauci is leading the charge. Fauci is trained in the area of infectious diseases Barbados has a sociologist leading the effort being called the Czar. I ask myself what is he Czar of? As you have outlined, Barbados seems to be impressed by form not substance.

    I saw that you came to my rescue, defending me against DPD. Let me repeat what I said about DPD elsewhere on this Blog and I quote: ” when intelligence was being handed out he was by-passed.” The very use of the word pedantic says it all about the person: seems to be strutting around in typical Barbadian style impressed with his/her sense of self importance.

    The government would be better served( and the population) by buying the antibody detection system rather than PCR( polymerase Chain reaction) method, which is time-consuming and the resolution ( efficacy of detection) seems to need some tweaking as demonstrated by the number of ostensible cured people ,who on re-testing show positive for the presence. The latter occurrence would seem to indicate that there are residual traces of the virus which the PCR test method is incapable of detecting. Any new order of test kits should be for the antibody method. Hopefully, government haven’t purchased a lot of the PCR kits . With the shortage of funds cannot afford to spend money without ensuring best returns for expenditure.

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  • @Dr. Lucas

    It appears – and this is the blogmaster’s opinion – *what* recommended Carter for the COVID 10 Czar job was his resume as a researcher and working in *Sierra Leone* during Ebola.

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  • @ Hal
    The University of the West Indies should be doing research to solve the problems of the region. It does not. Like the region in general, persons are selected for conformity and the ability to not rock the boat.A Complacent attitude is order of the day. One get a lot of asses in high places strutting around, beating their breast with their sense of self-importance that is about all. Any one with different views is deemed a trouble-maker who should be squeezed.

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  • @ David March 30, 2020 6:11 AM

    David ask yourself what work could he have done in Sierra Leone . He certainly could not be a frontline responder: he is not trained as a medical doctor, a nurse, virologist/microbiologist or epidemiologist. The only possible thing that he could have done, ,due to the highly infectious nature of the cadavers,was trying to get the relatives of the dead not to wash the bodies of the deceased.

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  • @ Robert

    It pains me sometimes how Bajans behave, but I am used to it by now. How in the name of heavens can they think appointing a sociologist to the be Czar of a health crisis is logical? Even worse, how could he accept, apart from an inflated ego?
    They only had to stop and think about it. Are you suggesting that out of a Cabinet of 26, led by the best leader in the nation, not a single voice questioned that recommendation? Do we have a chief nursing officer?
    About the UWI, it has not yet decided if it is a teaching university ( a diploma factory), a research university (one extending the boundaries of knowledge) or a hybrid, teaching and researching.
    Hilary Beckles’ nonsense of a graduate in every home, a hijacking of Tony Blair’s equally silly phrase, lies at the root of this. In the UK, half school leavers go on to university and most are no cleverer than your grand father when they graduate.
    I remember a few years ago a young Canada-based Barbadian woman, doing lots of what seemed interesting research at some university, was profiled in the Nation and she said in part that her research needed further funding. I immediately thought here was a good opportunity for UWI to inject some money in the project and have an off-the-shelf top class research project.
    From memory she went to Queen’s College and lived in the Chelsea area. But, as you know, our journalism is so bad you never get a follow up of reports and readers do not make demands.
    By the way, @Robert, should we disinfect fresh fruit, post and newspapers?

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  • Crusoe
    March 30, 2020 1:56 AM

    John
    March 30, 2020 12:40 AM
    Some of the latest comments from senior officials suggest that the lockdown in the UK will continue for months.

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    Their choice.

    I just saying what I think.

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  • @Dr. Lucas

    From observation Carter is being used as a communicator, he leaves the teachnical to Dr. Best et al. You will admit that the ability to communicate effectively is a desirable quality in the prevailing climate?

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  • “COVID CZAR”

    Sounds like brand of cheap Russian vodka.

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  • @Hal

    Richard Carter is one of MAM right hand men

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  • Doctors are the most effective communicators on this earth!!

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  • @ Greene

    If true, that is the problem with the best leader in the land. She seems only to see her childhood friends and sycophants and the nation celebrates it.
    This is a crisis and we are still playing petty politics. Even if yo have a modicum of common sense, how can you appoint a sociologist, whatever that is, to be the Czar of a medical/health crisis? Of course, after the event, such an appointment may be necessary when we are looking back to see what we did right and what we did wrong.
    I won’t ask what his thesis was on – was it communicating in a docile nation at a time of crisis?

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  • @Greene

    On what basis do you make your assertion? Richard Carter has a solid reputation in local circles as a diligent professional. Why do we have to brand everyone with a political label if their body of work is there to judge?

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  • (Quote):
    Richard Carter is one of MAM right hand men… (Unquote)
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    And??

    Sometimes you need to keep your partisan ‘drawers’ in the political closet instead of putting them out to air to spread the virus of “yardfowlism” with Mariposa posing as Typhoid Mary.

    At least Artax has ‘acquired’ the antibody to fight off the virulent impact.

    This crisis carries not only widespread public health ramifications but also serious implications for the integrity of the social fabric of the tiny country called Barbados.

    Whom should she have appointed to be the Czar of Covid? Hal Gollop?? How about Maureen Holder?

    MAM should have appointed the Bishop of Barbados. After all, he would have a direct line to the alpha and omega of this evil called Covid.

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  • @ Hal March 30, 2020 6:35 AM

    I always wash fruits and vegetables with a bleach solution ( Table spoon/gallon of water is adequate). As for the newspapers, read and then in this case wash your hands. The viability of this virus is not very long on things like paper. If in doubt zap it for a few seconds in the microwave. Do a test run with a sample of paper to ensure there is no fire.

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  • @ David March 30, 2020 7:26 AM

    Yes. But let it be known that that is his job. Instead he comes across as though he is an authority ( listen to him on this morning’s V,O,B’s news.

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  • @ John March 29, 2020 4:16 PM
    The virus seems to have mutated and is more virulent than the variant from China.

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  • @ Robert

    Thanks. What was the subject of the Czar’s thesis? Is he a medical sociologist?

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  • @Dr. Lucas

    We can always debate style, have there been any utterance you have heard from him that is open to question by you?

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  • robert lucas
    March 30, 2020 10:40 AM

    @ John March 29, 2020 4:16 PM
    The virus seems to have mutated and is more virulent than the variant from China.

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    I saw that early and agree that is a possibility but then you would expect there to be more states like New York, more countries like Italy.

    But there aren’t.

    New York I believe is human error.

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  • I think the UK’s numbers over the next few days will be instructive.

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  • @ Hal March 30, 2020 6:35 AM

    I continued my stroll this morning, curious to see what the shut down ordered by government entailed. There was little vehicular traffic on the road. When I reached opposite where the old Harbor Police Station was, I was pleasantly surprised to see a young fellow picking almonds from a tree where the old house craft center used to be .Almonds were scattered all around the base of the tree. Fifty-years ago, there would have been competition for the almonds. Also brought back memories of helping my mother make mattress and cushions. She had attended a class at the house craft center. Had to go and buy the coconut fiber from where the Fairchild street market used to be, walk up Bay st. with the fiber. It had to be washed first and put to dry on the bleaching ground before use. Jordan’s supermarket has a line but it is short. Popular has a very long line. There were only a few persons by Cherish. I passed the Old City and the silence is thick in the air. All the watering holes are shut. See a few fellows hanging around. Went further into town, Saw Durant a retired public health member. Tells me he had a stroke but wanted to have drink with me, as he put ,we do not know how much longer we have before we shuffle off. Tell him another time. Went by Scotty’s . One can enter and leave at will: Seems that last week’s action was mere window dressing. Large sweet peppers are $2.40 for the orange and red and $1.70 for the green .. I buy the green ones. All have about same Vitamin A content. Expose the green ones to ethylene gas and the color becomes orange ( can use a ripe banana to achieve the same objective). Retraced my steps and passed by Old City again. This time the loungers have bottle of liquor and are busy in polishing it off( I knew that they would find a way to bottle). Walked up Bay St. decided to stroll along the beach. The place is littered with old boats. Remember one could borrow a boat ( without the owner’s knowledge) and go fishing, making sure the boat was returned afterwards Brings back memories of a Sunday morning in 1970,when I went fishing with Sonny Pierre from the gap. My bothers did not want to go. I went. We borrowed a Moses from Brown’s beach rowed as far as London Bourne Towers, where we moored and started fishing for anything that came along. The Old Wives were biting, they are bottom feeders we caught a dozen. I expected to get at least half. Much to my consternation I only got two. The facts of life in the fishing business was explained to me. The Captain got first (I was not the Captain according to Sonny. I was just an able -bodied helper) claims. In this case, claims were made for borrowing the boat, being Captain( two shares), knowing were to go to catch the fish and so on. I never went out fishing with Sonny again.

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  • For me the Hong Kong experience is informative.

    4 deaths and 642 cases.

    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/china-hong-kong-sar/

    NO NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS CANCELED BY MAINLAND CHINA AS THEY WERE IN MAINLAND CHINA!!

    Sometimes I wonder.

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  • India with all its teeming millions has had 1,071 cases with 29 deaths.

    Maybe they don’t test and don’t record deaths!!

    Singapore with its Chinese populations, 869 cases and 3 deaths.

    The numbers are telling a story.

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  • Is the coronavirus a result of the development of capitalism and agribusiness, the commodification of nature, resulting in the disruption of the natural world? What is the remedy? Is the herd immunity model a disrespect for human life? Is washing your hands enough? Does profit come before the lives of ordinary workers? Discuss.

    Question two: about 1.7bn people are in some form of lockdown for the first time in history. The best predictions is a form of contraction of up to 5 per cent, and according to the OECD, output in most GDPs will fall by 25 per cent – 20 per cent in China, 25 per cent in the US and the same in Spain.
    A lockdown buries output. The UK is already in recession. What does this supply – and demand – shock mean for a small island-economy dependent on tourism? How will it impact investment? What does the collapse in oil prices mean for the developing world?

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  • @ Robert

    Keep it up. A brilliant record of Barbados/Bridgetown in a time of coronavirus. Important social history.

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  • @Dr. Lucas

    Why not post your feedback on your walks directly to the blog created?

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  • @ Hal

    I CAN GUARANTEE YOU IF THE UK AND US CONTINUE TO HAVE DEATHS OVER A PROLONG PERIOD BARBADOS CAN KISS TOURISM TRAVEL GOODBYE AS THEY HAVE GROWN USE TO.

    THE WORLD KNOWS THIS VIRUS WAS PRIMARILY SPREAD VIA GLOBAL TRAVEL.

    ALREADY IN THE US AIRLINE TRAVEL IS DOWN 90%.

    ALSO KNOWN IS THAT AIRPLANES AND CRUISE SHIPS HARBOR THE VIRUS WHICH CAN REMAIN ON SURFACES FOR DAYS.

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  • Here comes the doom and gloomers. This is life, we will recover, life continues.

    steuspe.

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  • Here comes the doom and gloomers. This is life, we will recover, life continues.

    steuspe.

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    CARRY ON SMARTLY.

    TIME TO FIND NEW INDUSTRIES.

    LIFE WILL NOT BE THE SAME AND HOPEFULLY BAJAN LOCALS AND INEPT LEADERS WILL NOW WAKE-UP TO THE REALITIES OF THE WORLD.

    STEUSPE.

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  • I refuse to post photos in real time i am getting.

    but it could not hurt to ready yourself.

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  • Coronavirus: ‘Most economies won’t return to pre-pandemic levels of output for 2-3 years’
    A global recession brought on by the coronavirus pandemic is poised to be deeper than that of the 2008-2009 financial crisis.

    According to the IHS Markit Global Economic Forecast Flash by Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh and Chief International Economist Elisabeth Waelbroeck-Rocha, most economies around the world should expect to not recover to pre-COVID 19 levels for two to three years.

    In the note, Behravesh and Waelbroeck-Rocha point out that real world GDP is expected to plunge 2.8% in 2020, compared with a drop of 1.7% in 2009. Meanwhile many major economies will see double-digit declines (at annualized rates) in the second quarter, with the contraction continuing into the third quarter.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-covid-19-news-and-live-updates-120246923.html

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  • Some on this blog are too dishonest. No! Hal Austin is too dishonest! All of a sudden someone is incompetent/unsuitable if their thesis isn’t what he thinks it should be. This is the same man that has a penchant for downplaying academic credentials. What your theses pon given that you comment on and know everything? A real 🤡.

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  • What will everything look like after the coronavirus

    Let’s start with some first order effects for commerce, and move on from there.

    First many businesses that are booming during the pandemic will continue to thrive, maybe not explosively, but should grow above trend for some time. People are already busy figuring out the new, new things.

    On the flip side of the companies that will make out, are those that will suffer. Mark Penn of the Harris Poll says many Americans won’t fly even six months after the virus is mostly gone. “People see airports and particularly planes and they really fear that,” Penn told me. “Airlines are going to have their job cut out for them.” More so with cruise ships of course, as well as hotels and resorts and all the millions of jobs associated with them.

    (Domestic vacation locales, accessible by car, will be big.)

    Then there’s the restaurants. While the big chains; Subway, McDonald’s, Starbucks and KFC have the wherewithal to survive, many independent restaurants could be decimated. In all cases, it’s likely prices will go up to cover new unemployment protections that companies will put in place voluntarily or that are mandated by the government. That could prove to be inflationary.

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/what-will-everything-look-like-after-the-coronavirus-120021163.html

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  • What was the subject of the Czar’s thesis? Is he a medical sociologist?(Quote)

    Some on this blog are too dishonest. No! Hal Austin is too dishonest! All of a sudden someone is incompetent/unsuitable if their thesis isn’t what he thinks it should be. …(Quote)

    ???????????

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  • @ Hal March 30, 2020 1:35 PM
    David Ellis has him on to explain things.

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  • Some on this blog are too dishonest. No! Hal Austin is too dishonest! All of a sudden someone is incompetent/unsuitable if their thesis isn’t what he thinks it should be.

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    Sociologists study people’s social lives, activities, behaviours, interactions, processes, and organizations within the context of larger social, political, and economic forces. They examine how social influences affect different individuals and groups, and the ways organizations and institutions affect people’s lives.

    @ Hal YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT WHEN YOU ARE ATTACKED BY THE SAME BLP GOVERNMENT BLIND MICE ON BU.

    A SOCIOLOGIST IS NOT MEDICALLY TRAINED IN NOOOOOOOO CAPACITY.

    @ Greene MAY BE RIGHT THAT HE IS A MIA LACKEY

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  • Hal what was the subject of your theses?🤣🤣🤣 Going by your statement you should have written many. I assure you that Richard Carter is more competent than you by miiiles. Your own guvment hired the man. Funny thing is he taught at the same school you’ve been busy bigging up the past few days. Go ask any of his former students about the man. Always never informed but blurting. Oh gaawd!

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  • Baje
    March 30, 2020 1:06 PM

    On the flip side of the companies that will make out, are those that will suffer. Mark Penn of the Harris Poll says many Americans won’t fly even six months after the virus is mostly gone. “People see airports and particularly planes and they really fear that,” Penn told me. “Airlines are going to have their job cut out for them.” More so with cruise ships of course, as well as hotels and resorts and all the millions of jobs associated with them.

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    How long after 9/11 were airlines making profits?

    People will move on.

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  • Hal Austin
    March 30, 2020 11:48 AM

    Is the coronavirus a result of the development of capitalism and agribusiness, the commodification of nature, resulting in the disruption of the natural world?

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    I don’t know how the virus was formed but I do know cultural celebrations marketed to attract large gatherings should be reconsidered to prevent the spread of the next one.

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  • How long after 9/11 were airlines making profits?

    People will move on.

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    9/11 WAS AN ISOLATED ATTACK BY LESS THAN 20 TERRORISTS ON 1 DAY USING 4 AIRPLANES AS BOMBS A DELIBERATE ACT SOLELY WITHIN THE US.

    THIS IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT BALLGAME AFFECTING THE WORLD TRAVEL INDUSTRY INVOLVING CRUISE SHIPS AND AIRPLANES MOVING THOUSANDS OF TRAVELERS WITH CONTAGIOUS AND DEADLY VIRUS AROUND OVER SEVERAL MONTHS WITH NO CLEAR ENDING IN SIGHT FOR NORMALCY.

    DURING 9/11 BUSINESSES IN US WERE NOT CLOSED OR ELSEWHERE WORLD WIDE AFFECTING BILLIONS OF PEOPLE AS THE CORONAVIRUS IS CURRENTLY DOING GLOBALLY.

    FOR YOU TO EQUATE THE 2 SHOWS YOUR CONTINUED IRRELEVANT ANALYSIS.

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  • The airlines will fly as soon as the majority of people have had the virus and most have immunity. Then and only then will life return to normalcy.

    While we may hope that by isolation the virus can be stopped in its tracks, that is idealistic and improbable. The alternative then, is that most will get it, with some dying, very sad. The point of the isolation is to sieve the infections through such that the hospitals can cope and restrict the numbers of deaths, while better treatments are found and resources including equipment put in place.

    This is why I agree with Dr.Lucas stating that the antibody test, to see who has had it, is what needs to be a focus. The symptoms will tell who needs medical care, but the antibody test will identify those who had it and can go back to normal life.

    When this happens and the world starts working again, the airlines will fly. However, what will restrict the travel is not fear, but money.

    Many, including in the US and UK will have lost jobs in the interim, they need to build funds to travel, this will take time.

    The cruise industry however, is most likely all but finished. The experiences there seem to have been horrific and it will be hard to recover from this.

    Probably, when the time is right, they will offer very low fares for a few first cruises, to get people back on the water.

    That may work, or not.

    The main point here is that economic recovery must come after medical recovery, this will take time.

    I would expect that the government is communicating or has communicated with the IMF to defer all programme payments out an extra year already, in light of the difficult scenario.

    One of the lessons out of this is to improve the country’s medical fast response unit, to be able to accommodate urgent situations. This applies to all countries.

    Additional resources should be placed on educating nurses and other technically skilled medical personnel.

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @robert lucas March 30, 2020 4:14 AM
    “ELISA or monoclonal anti-body…”
    +++++++++++++
    I agree that this test will be most useful. However I want to ask whether it suffers from the following drawback: it will detect anyone with COVID-19 antibodies, therefore failing to distinguish those who have had the infection and subsequently recovered, from those who are still actively infectious.

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  • Hal

    UK reporting 2,619 cases, 1,408 deaths in total 180 deaths for the day, down from a peak of 260 two days ago.

    My projection for the UK was 2,500 deaths or less.

    Still sticking by that!!

    The Imperial College gurus are out to lunch, just frightening poor foolish people and giving Boris the runnings.

    How the hell Imperial College got 500,000 deaths as a projection?

    Looking at China’s data. their daily deaths fell from a peak of 150 to 42 within a week.

    I think within a week UK’s deaths will be down to less than 50!!

    They are my projections.

    Just trying to lift your spirits and encouraging you to look at the data for yourself.

    Use the data sensibly and you will make sense of the crap that has gone on here thanks to the Press!!

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  • The UK is days away from zero deaths.

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  • Boris should put Nyall Fergusson in the Tower of London and then draw and quarter him!!

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @John March 30, 2020 3:42 PM
    “The Imperial College gurus are out to lunch, just frightening poor foolish people and giving Boris the runnings.”
    ++++++++++++++++
    The entire point of their research appears to be to scare Boris into the sensible Public Health measures of testing, isolation, and anti-social distancing. It worked.

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  • peterlawrencethompson
    March 30, 2020 4:03 PM

    @John March 30, 2020 3:42 PM
    “The Imperial College gurus are out to lunch, just frightening poor foolish people and giving Boris the runnings.”
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    The entire point of their research appears to be to scare Boris into the sensible Public Health measures of testing, isolation, and anti-social distancing. It worked.

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    The old pink elephant theory!!

    I’ll make another projection.

    The number of COVID-19 deaths in the entire world of 7 billion people will be of the order of the number of deaths that occur in a normal flu season in the entire US with a population of 350 million, 20 times less!!

    I think the biggest change coming out of the experience will be the changes we see in the Press.

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  • I will make another projection this time for Barbados.

    There will be few if any deaths.

    There will be little or no pressure placed on the number of ICU beds.

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  • Nyall Fergusson also projected deaths in the USA at 2.2 million!!

    So far there have been 2,951 deaths in the US.

    In the entire world so far there have been 52,150 deaths.

    COVID -19 has been blown way out of proportion.

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  • “FOR YOU TO EQUATE THE 2 SHOWS YOUR CONTINUED IRRELEVANT ANALYSIS.”

    that is what they do, irritate and annoy with their closed minded small minded nonsense….just watch and see them blame Covid for everything under the sun when this is done, just like they did 9/11…i had to angrily tell some, it did not happen in Barbados you jackass….stop blaming it for everything.

    they should thank it for hopefully gettting them out of the bondage of dependency tourism, if the leaders can actually see to allow the people free enterprise…don’t hold breath…so far they are their usual FAILURE…..

    John A had so much shite talk this morning, but that is all any of them are capable of…….

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  • @John March 30, 2020 4:22 PM “In the entire world so far there have been 52,150 deaths. COVID -19 has been blown way out of proportion.”

    You are only saying so now because none of those 52,150 DEAD PEOPLE are not you immediate family or close friends.

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  • @ peterlawrencethompson March 30, 2020 3:39 PM

    The virus is a foreign body. The response to the foreign body( the antigen) is the production of antibodies. which if the immune system is strong enough neutralizes the antigen.. A person who is full blown for COVID-19 will have a very high concentration of antigen present( the body immune system is incapable of neutralizing the antigen). When the test is carried out ,the blood sample from the infected persons requires the use of a lot of antibodies : this can be visualized by tagging the antibody with a color agent. The intensity of the color can be measured using a densitometer. In the case of the person who has recovered from the illness, the amount of antibodies( called the titre) present decreases and the color intensity is less. So one can tell the difference.

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  • @ Robert

    You need a degree in sociology, then the president will take you seriously. By any measure, you should be on the coronavirus task force. People need to protest until you are appointed.

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  • @ Robert

    You need a degree in sociology, then the president will take you seriously. By any measure, you should be on the coronavirus task force. People need to protest until you are appointed.

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    @ Hal

    COME ON MAN.

    YOUR THINKING TOO MUCH FIRST WORLD.

    A BAJAN CROWD WOULD GATHER MORE TO SEE DR LUCAS GET CUSSED OR BEAT UP THAN TO RALLY FOR HIS INVOLVEMENT.

    THEY WILL HOWEVER RALLY FOR THEIR CROOKED AND INEPT POLITICIANS THAN ONE OF THEIR WHO CAN TRULY HELP.

    SAD SAD FACT IN 2020.

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  • Still waiting to hear what theses you submitted and their subject. After all you’re an expert in EVERYTHING and should have plenty theses. Now Dr.Best (I wonder if Richard Carter taught him at school?) is a public health specialist and CMO and is leading on the medical front. The Carter gentleman has experience in working with the Ebola epidemic and is assisting with the messaging but he is unsuitable because the PM appointed him. DFID your own guvment musse he friend too. A short, inferior-complex infected character of a man are you. Bittuh like aloes!🤣🤣

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  • So wait the Covid 19 Tzar is a PR person?

    sumbody enlietun a Dullard

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  • peterlawrencethompson

    @Enuff
    I am wondering if you have any insight into why Barbados is not paying attention to the following WHO guideline: “We have a simple message for all countries: test, test, test.”

    After all, they point out “You cannot fight a fire blindfolded. And we cannot stop this pandemic if we don’t know who is infected.”

    287 tests in four weeks is a woefully inadequate testing schedule. Iceland, for example, has performed over 10,000 tests in that same timeframe.

    Do you know where the bottleneck is?

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  • @the doom and gloom squad

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  • 287 tests in four weeks is a woefully inadequate testing schedule

    Man Nah, You ain’ on’stan. We duz do tings De Bajan Way.

    The outside world ain’t understand this virus like we. In fact, we don’t need to test a boy.

    Our hospital and doctors are world class and we can handle anything.

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