Fighting the Good Fight Against Covid 19

The blogmaster has sympathy for small open, tourist dependent countries. Developing countries with meagre resources that were struggling to manage poorly performing economies have been struck for SIX with the onset of COVID 19 pandemic. The challenge for governments to implement policies which balance shoring up livelihoods with public health priorities is real.

The blogmaster will not enter the toxic arena of blame gaming. At this juncture it is not a constructive exercise. Unlike New Zealand, Australia and a few other countries which are commodity driven economies and can support an aggressive quarantine protocol, Barbados has been caught out by operating at the margin which conflicts with the proposal from the local medical association of doctors (BAMP). The proverbial between a rock and a hard place.

  • Have we made mistakes managing the pandemic, YES.
  • Did the country become complacent, YES
  • Do we need to find ways to earn hard currency, YES.
  • Do we need to ensure COVID 19 screening is robust to adequately protect residents, YES.
  • Do we need to ensure authorities enforce laws to signal to those who compromise public health safety are penalized, YES.
  • Do we need to make the local economy less reliant on services, YES.
  • Have successive governments been unimaginative and lazy in charting a more sustainable economic path for the country post independence, YES.

The blogmaster could have added several more bullets to the list.

The harsh reality is that the country is ‘broke’ and to close the country again if it can be avoided to “keep out the virus’ as some promote is silly. The COVID 19 virus will be with us for the foreseeable future. Even if 100% of people take the vaccine health experts are unsure how new strains/variants may compromise the process. Even if the vaccine is 100% effective it will take possibly two to three years to immunize the global population to achieve heard immunity level. Then there is the issue of countries operating outside the purview of WHO like China, Russia…

Obviously Barbadians are concerned given the recent surge in COVID 19 positive cases. It is what it is, we have to deal with what is before us and move on. Have a look at the BU Sidebar Covid 19 Tracker and COVID 19 Update Page. Barbados is not waging the COVID 19 battle alone.

The government needs to ensure that our COVID 19 protocol is relevant/fit for purpose.

Residents need to ensure we adhere to the health protocol – wear your mask properly, wash your hands and physical distance please!

We can do this Bajans!

#rally

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  • Into the realm of the hypothetical we venture.

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  • “Forbes

    TOPLINE The coronavirus mutation first identified in South Africa last year is 50% more contagious than previous strains, the country’s top scientists announced Monday, as high numbers of new daily coronavirus infections continue to put South Africa’s healthcare system under massive pressure.

    Salim Abdool Karim, one of South Africa’s leading infectious disease experts — dubbed in the media as “South Africa’s Anthony Fauci” — confirmed suspicions that the country’s recent surge of infections is likely being driven by a new strain first detected in October, known as 501.V2.

    Abdool Karim told The Sunday Times a mutation in the strain changed the shape of the small protein spikes on the surface of the coronavirus cell, allowing it to better grip onto human cells and increase chances of infection.

    “Almost one out of three tests are now positive and that is higher than anything we saw in the first wave,” he told the newspaper.

    However, there’s no evidence to suggest the new variant is any more deadly or causes more severe symptoms, Abdool Karim said, though studies are being carried out to determine if coronavirus vaccines are effective against the strain, according to AFP.

    The strain has been detected around the world, including in Ireland, Israel, France and Japan.

    South Africa is struggling to manage its second wave of the pandemic, with the country counting 130,000 new infections and 4,000 deaths in just the past week. The increase has pushed the country’s hospitals to the brink. “As soon as beds open, there are more than 10 people waiting to fill them – we cannot cope,” a healthcare worker in Johannesburg told Al Jazeera. While the infectious new strain is a likely factor behind the surge, government officials have also blamed a recent festival period and people failing to follow social distancing measures. Late last month, the country announced nightly curfews and a ban on alcohol sales in a bid to stamp out new infections.”

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  • Would bet my last shirt Bartow would have pulled these small nations together under a COVID banner of All We are one
    These lazy leaders would have been forced to look within themselves and mapped out economic paths from amongst their people
    Right now what these leaders are doing is that of dragging their country and people into a hell hole of Covid depending on a vaccine that can have long term effects after many years of being in their system
    Leaving borders open for more infections to arrive hence more contamination of the people
    Dont forget something as innocent to smell touch and absorb called Johnson baby powder took.many years to show long term negative effect on the chemical changes in the body
    Yet with all other evidence which has shown that the medical profession are not flawless
    These small tin horn dictators are ready to use their people as guinea pigs
    The rght Honourable Errol Barrow was a man who came on the political arena seeking changes for the entire region for building economic self worth and empowerment
    I belive he would have become more active resorting to a cleaner and more powerful message founded on a philosophical policy based on a secure social and economic power for small island nations

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  • most likey this, most likely that

    Some of us are suddenly becoming regionalist but when barbados was “opened” up to the haitians it was insularity mombo jumbo

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  • Mari

    When we blp yardfowls refer to the lost decade or when some one say ” if the last DLP goverment was in power now”do you remember what you tell us?

    well barrow dead and gone now for over a few decades .

    Wake up from your dream !

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  • FOR ALL THE BLP APOLOGISTS AND IDIOTS ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND.

    IF TRINIDAD HAS IT YOU KNOW MUST BE ALREADY RAMPANT IN BIM

    ANYONE OF YOU BLP POOCHLICKERS KNOWS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SAMPLES FLOWN OUT THE BACKWARD ISLAND FOR TESTING.

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    Trinidad records first case of COVID-19 variant

    Port of Spain – The Ministry of Health today advised that Trinidad and Tobago has recorded its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 Variant of Concern (UK) – Variant B117.

    The patient is a returned national who travelled from the United Kingdom. As per existing quarantine protocols, the national provided a negative PCR test which was taken 72-hours prior to departure from the United Kingdom.

    Upon arrival in Trinidad and Tobago, the national was immediately placed in state quarantine, in a single room. The patient was transferred directly to an isolation area at the Couva Hospital and Multi-training Facility once the positive COVID-19 result was confirmed.

    The presence of the variant was confirmed via a gene sequencing study at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, which has been testing COVID-19 positive samples collected since September 2020.

    The Government of Trinidad and Tobago updated its quarantine protocols for retuning nationals from the United Kingdom from seven days to 14 days in state quarantine. This protocol will continue to be implemented and returning nationals from all other high-risk countries will be subject to seven days state quarantine and seven days home quarantine. (Trinidad Express)

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/01/21/trinidad-records-first-case-covid-19-variant/

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  • Baje what a brilliant analysis if Trinidad have it it must be rampant in bim.Come to the top of the class idiot.It must be the condition of having three degree as only a complete moron or jackass could jump to such a conclusion.I know that is what you, Austin , Mariposa CCC and few others are hoping for for your petty political purposes although it will not help the political nightwatchman or the Dems but let, s wait and see shall we.

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  • john2January 21, 2021 3:56 PM

    Mari

    When we blp yardfowls refer to the lost decade or when some one say ” if the last DLP goverment was in power now”do you remember what you tell us?

    well barrow dead and gone now for over a few decades .

    Wake up from your dream

    Is that your best response
    Steupse

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  • Baje what a brilliant analysis if Trinidad have it it must be rampant in bim.Come to the top of the class idiot.It must be the condition of having three degree as only a complete moron or jackass could jump to such a conclusion.I know that is what you, Austin , Mariposa CCC and few others are hoping for for your petty political purposes although it will not help the political nightwatchman or the Dems but let, s wait and see shall we.

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    @Lorenzo

    POOCHLICKER NO1 YOU JUMPED OUT OF YOUR HOLE VERY QUICKLY TO SHOW YOUR ASS.

    I WOULD BE EQUALLY HAPPY IF THE BLACK TAXPAYERS BANISHED BOTH BLP AND DLP INTO THE WILDERNESS FOREVER SEEING THAT BOTH ARE EQUALLY INEPT AND CORRUPT.

    SO YOU WILL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER REASON FOR YOUR ANALYSIS.

    THE WAY YOU BEHAVE YOU MUST BE AN ACTIVE PART OF THE BLP STRUCTURE SEEKING TO MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO.

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  • COVID is Now all over Barbados and the barbados cluster govt keeps playing with the lives of the people.

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  • Bajans relaxing

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  • MAri

    Were u dreaming of barrow and his leadership to regionalism during and after the economic crash in 2009

    If those in power then had put the country where u want it to be right now then u would not have to be calling on the ghost of barrow

    U May still have been In power now instead of still licking you two years wounds of the 31-0 licking

    Now go back to slee and keep dreaming about barrow

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  • John2
    Is that all your muddle brain can dream up as a response
    What a waste of free education
    What is your mirror image of self

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  • You is a bu best case scenario of wasted free education

    U show It often everyday

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  • John 2

    But u cant help but read my postings
    Yes u do because your response says that much
    But tell me how can my education be wasted when u find time to read and engage with me on my postings dunderhead

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  • Well whaddayouknow! I am here watching the CBC news , not Barbados but Canada. All the same damn complaints just as my cousin who lives there said.

    Steupse! Wuh Bajan Condition wuh! Steupse! Wuh Failed state wuh!

    Politicians doing shite all over the damn world!

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  • We’ve been hearing this for months and months, no surprise.

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  • Ronnie Yearwood lecture this evening under the Heading of the Errol Barrow Day was an eye opener chock full of solutions for Barbados social and economic problems
    Bet Mia was listening with intent to grab hold of some of the solutions just like she grab hold of the Welcome Stamp from PTL

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  • angela coxJanuary 21, 2021 6:45 PM

    John2
    Is that all your muddle brain can dream up as a response
    What a waste of free education
    What is your mirror image of self

    angela coxJanuary 21, 2021 7:05 PM

    John 2

    But u cant help but read my postings
    Yes u do because your response says that much
    But tell me how can my education be wasted when u find time to read and engage with me on my postings
    dunderhead

    @ mari

    i may not be educated but i have enuff smarts not to make that mistake

    20 mins

    Were you looking at your mirror image when you said “dunderhead”?

    i withdrawn my comments about wasted education on you. you have proven me to be totally wrong with those two comments. you are just as brilliant as baje with his 3 degrees.

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  • @ Angela coxJanuary 21, 2021 5:30 PM

    Usually there are 10 x more people on the beach.

    You probably live in the north with the whites (DLP Canada?) and know our island only from hearsay. Things have been very different for us for two and a half years now. We have a strong leader who has great visions and is energetic.

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  • One man’s opinion
    The GOB finds itself in a very difficult position. Whilst some can spout easy answers without thinking of the full impact of their proposal, the GoB must act in a way that saves lives as well as the economy.

    I have seen a phrase that is something akin to ‘lives before an economy’ or ‘lives must come first’ and the thrashing of the government’s policy of ‘lives and an economy’. Apart from the easy answers and catch phrases have those whose solution differs from that of the GOB thought out the full situation? Have they considered ‘quality of life’ and ‘living with dignity’.

    Faced with a high unemployment rate and very limited sources of income, the government must make every effort not to worsen the situation. I am convinced that a shutdown does not convincingly beats tourism accompanied with strict safety protocols. I will concede that a shutdown is less risky, but a shutdown increases the number of unemployed people (as many hotel workers would now join) the ranks of the unemployed and adds to the already high bill of state provided benefits. A shutdown would inevitably increase pressure on the family unit and would having more people on the street seeking handouts.

    Government cannot embrace the easy answer of a lock-down and the resulting hardship on the people.

    Tourism, sound safety protocols and adherence to safety protocols must remain as a part of the answer to this crisis. It is an answer full of risk, but the alternative easy answer or the low hanging fruit is a disaster in the making.

    We are already aware that supporters of a shutdown, would become the harshest critics if a shutdown is implemented and our society then crumbles.

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  • The GOB has already demonstrated that COViD-19 is not a knockout punch. It can be managed and controlled.

    But we have seen that how people choose to act can derail the very best of protocols.

    Truthfully, I have no solution on how to influence people’s behavior. After 10 months of living with this pandemic I doubt that anything more can be done to educate the public.

    We should not despair, but should continue to emphasize social distancing, masking, hand washing and sensible behavior.

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  • @Tron
    I note with the passing of Lord High Admiral Vernon Watson, an opportunity has opened for you to head up the Landship. I have two land sharks I can contribute to your “dock”. With your ascension, comedy come become integral to the indigenous body.

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  • Great leaders are visionaries and innovators
    Great leaders seek and make changes for better
    Stepping out side the box of those things that separate them from what is considered the normal path to take
    Great leaders seek solutions that would not impact the health and well being of the people
    Barrow philosophy was one of self empowerment one that if pursued vigorously would have avoided the perils and mishaps which barbados finds itself during this COVID Pandemic

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  • “Barrow philosophy was one of self empowerment one that if pursued vigorously would have avoided the perils and mishaps which barbados finds itself during this COVID Pandemic.”

    Perhaps all those hypothetical and generalized statements you’ve been making about Barrow is your way of honouring him on Errol Barrow Day.

    In my opinion, Barrow was just another politician who was paid to do a job. Similarly to how you and others believe we shouldn’t make a ‘song and dance’ anytime new buses or garbage trucks are bought, because that’s the reason why we elected them, I don’t believe in making ‘song and dances’ about politicians. They offered themselves for public service and “seeking solutions that would not impact the health and well being of the people,’ is job they are being paid by taxpayers to perform.

    But, could you please give us examples of Barrow’s ‘visionary leadership?’ I suspect you may cite from the ‘usual resume,’ however, bear in mind independence and so called ‘free secondary education’ are questionable.

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  • We too like to lionize politicians.

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  • @Artax

    Some people spent all day camped on DLP Facebook pages, therefore it is reflected in their spoutings.

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  • Ethnicity and CoVid spread. Is this also the case in Barbados?

    A LOCKDOWN wedding attended by 400 guests who covered the windows to avoid getting caught was last night busted by police.

    Officers stormed the Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School in Stamford Hill at around 9.15pm to discover guests crammed inside despite the current Covid rules…….

    The school, which caters to the Orthodox Jewish community, was run by Rabbi Avrohom Pinter, until his death from coronavirus last April…..(Quote)

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  • “Great leaders are visionaries and innovators
    Great leaders seek and make changes for better”

    great leaders are not colonial indoctrinated puppets and instead of promoting the advancement of the black majority, elevated the descendants of the slave patrol at the expense of African descended people….those are visionless cowards and can’t or couldn’t innovate shit.

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  • Barrow philosophy was anchored to self respect as a people powered by economic self reliance
    Unfortunately those who controlled the economy of barbados had it there way
    Hence Barrows words stating One day barbados would be a barbados unrecognizable to the people
    Also being beggars at the doorsteps of our economic slave masters has come to pass

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  • Barrow would have had a full slate of candidates and be ready to form the next government to try to lead Barbados where he think it should be

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  • John2
    If the situation within the party had given rise to such present circumstance
    He would have done more than select a few candidates
    But would have drove home a message of unity across the Carribbean basin to fight Covid socially as well ad economically
    He had vision and dreams nit only for Barbados but for small island nations whose leaders had set out a social and economic path for srlf destruction

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  • @Angela

    What is all this nonsense about having a full slate of parliamentary candidates? Has a general election been called? We have two, nearly three years to go. Plenty of time.

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  • Yall need to stop invoking dead politicians and let them try to rest in peace.

    it’s the living sellouts we have real problems with…not one them since the 50s and 60s have put the BLACK MAJORITY FIRST..until they do, they ain’t worth shit.

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  • wuh i heard someone already hired consultants for the next election…ah wonder if it’s taxpayer’s money paying for that….while the wannabe slavemaster from the social partnership of crooks is taking the position that he alone can decide who gets hazard pay and who doen’t.

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  • Let us make up our minds, do we need prospective and declared candidates to canvass the constituency to establish roots? Do we prefer candidates to be parachuted in a few months or week before the bell rings?

    William what say you?

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  • @ David BU

    I’m trying to understand what sense it makes for a political party waiting a year or two before an election is called or until it has actually been called………..to choose candidates, who would have to rush through the process of familiarising themselves with the constituency and presenting their ‘vision,’ plans and policies to the constituents.

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  • @ NorthernObserver January 22, 2021 6:32 AM

    Thank you for entrusting me with this important office. I feel moved to tears with joy.
    My first official act would be to rename the ship HMS “Empress Mia”.

    However, I prefer to remain anonymous.

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  • @ Hal Austin January 22, 2021 8:35 AM “Ethnicity and CoVid spread. Is this also the case in Barbados? A LOCKDOWN wedding attended by 400 guests.”

    Perhaps we are not so much into this marriage thingy as other people. I’ve gone to some Bajan weddings in my time, but NEVER were the couple and their parents so foolish as to invite 450 people. I mean who the hell wants to feed and quench the thirst of 450 people when more likely than not the damn thing int going last as long as a snowball in hell anyhow. Maybe Bajans aren’t as foolish or as wasteful as British people.

    And tobesides I know for sure that there aren’t 450 Orthodox Jews in Barbados.

    Stupseee!!!

    The current limit on weddings in Barbados is 20 people which includes the couple the 2 witnesses and the officiant. And I think that that number is too many. I think that the limit should be reduced to 9. Couple, 2 witnesses, officiant, 4 parents. Done.

    Save the elaborate reception money for the time when the next pandemic comes around, and the unemployment cheque is slow in coming.

    ‘causing wunna understand that Covid19 is not the last one right?

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  • @TheOGazerts at 5:55 AM “We are already aware that supporters of a shutdown, would become the harshest critics if a shutdown is implemented and our society then crumbles.”

    So true.

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  • @WURA-War-on-U January 22, 2021 2:35 PM “Yall need to stop invoking dead politicians and let them try to rest in peace.”

    So true.

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  • @ TheOGazerts January 22, 2021 5:55 AM

    The supports of a hard lockdown sit elsewhere but not in Barbados. These people in Canada, USA and UK are members of the overseas organisation of the DLP and still believe that Barrow is alive and ruling in Barbados. It is time for them to wake up and realise that there is only one people’s party left in our country, namely the Barbados Liberal Party under Mia Mottley as President for Life.

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  • @Hal Austin January 22, 2021 8:35 AM “Ethnicity and CoVid spread. Is this also the case in Barbados?”

    No.

    And don’t try to blame covid spread in Barbados on Orthodox Jewish weddings. Jews Orthodox, Conservative or Reform have not spread covid19 in Barbaods.

    The ethinicity of the people who exploded Covid19 in Barbados was your stupid British people. British just like the woman you keep in your bed. It was your bad behaved British people who disobeyed our very sensible protocols. So you won’t get away with your anti-Semitism.

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  • @Tron January 22, 2021 3:52 PM “…still believe that Barrow is alive and ruling in Barbados. ”

    It is many years since I told DEM that Barrow is duppy dust.

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  • Funny how the blp faithful fowls asking for DLP to present candidates
    When during past election when the question of the blp economic policies for the country was asked of Mia she kept mouth shut
    This issue of asking the Dlp to present candidates well two years ahead of the general election is all positioned in malicious politricks
    Notice no mention was made of Ronnie Yearwood speech yesterday

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  • let all ah DEM wait till a year before the election and with people leaving the party. 30 – 0

    after next election it will be 61 – 0

    Dont seem like DEM learned anything from the snap SGN by election

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  • MARI

    i remember when the skipper call for ” all hand on deck”
    he had the smarts to know he had to be leader of Barbados first before he could even get a sniff of leading the wider region. He would have “patched” his party, hold it together and be prepared to lead.

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  • let the fool continue thinking they have another two or three year.

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  • MARI

    Didnt the night watchman promised to present the candidates on Errol Barrow day?

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  • general elections can be called at anytime. the PM dont have to wat until no 2 or 3 years.

    you dems on the backfoot ducking

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  • @ Angela

    No discussion on BU, no reports in the press. I wonder why?

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  • AC 410pm

    is that the best you can come with to deflect from the point that after 2.5 years the DEMs can come up with a full slate of candidates yet

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  • You better remember Reifer was a homegrown, 6 hitting, big works, master blaster and he get rinsed out by Moore who was a sell out, dirty hands and allthing bad outsider

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  • Mariposa the political nightwatchmsn and you hoping to use Mr Barrow,s good name to regain power? Keep dreaming had Mr Barrow been alive mpst of the in my view misfits of the last administration including Ms Depeiza would not even had an oppprtunity to run.They can count their lucky stars.I hope you all continue delaying naming of candidates until the last minute resulting in possibly another redwash.Tell us where is Ms Depeiza running and can she win a seat? I gone.

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  • John 2
    Has govt officials find the meaning of community spread
    Amm the virus is in every
    nook and cranny
    Mia said the COVID update board was in the ICU about four days ago

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  • mari

    the health official explained community spread a few day ago. i understand the difference from how they explained it.
    too bad if your buthead too hard and full of dlp hardened crap to understand.
    but what can i say. my free education was wasted.
    Yet the educated fool find it hard to understand

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  • John2
    Only a butthead like you would believe such nonsense
    Time yuh stop drinking the koolaid
    Everyday a business closes because employee is infected
    The song and dance govt official utterances does not stand up to the evidence of person to person infection across the country

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  • The government of Barbados is using WHO definition of local and community spread? The things we find to argue .

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  • community spread ?

    I call it a Whack-a-mole spread. Popping up all ova de place.

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  • The Toronto Star is reporting that “Justin Trudeau warns tougher travel restrictions are on the horizon, and Canadians could be stranded”

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  • I heard so much about the covid dashboard at I wanted to take a look at it for myself, I did not find it, but happened to run across the following link.

    https://covid19.who.int/table

    Allow me to make what I consider a silly point. Usually, I would refrain from doing so, but after hearing days of yelling and screaming here, I was expecting to see that covid had gained an upper hand on those who were responsible for the safety protocols.

    My silly point: If you are looking at a cumulative graph it will either be flat (parallel to the x axis) or increasing; it will not dip downwards.

    Please, scroll down and look at the daily or weekly number of confirmed cases and you will see that after the large increase near the beginning of January, the number of daily or weekly confirmed cases is in a sharp decline. The last bar seem to indicate that the number is not yet final and so all of the statistics are not provided (I will impute them),

    WeekEnding Confirmed Increased* WeekChanged(%)*
    12/28/2020 48 8 25%
    1/4/2021 413 365 760. 42%
    1/11/2021 218 * (185) -44.79%
    1/18/2021 120 *(98)-imputed -44.59% (Imputed)
    *represents a decrease
    I suspect that if this was your weekly paycheck then going from 365 to 98, you would somehow figure out that it was not a pay increase.

    Let me make a next minor point.
    What we are seeing is the reported cases; we do not truly know what is happening in the public at large. However individuals who suspect that they have covid are running to be tested. The reported number of cases may be close to the actual number of cases.

    It looks as if the GOB is getting firm control over the spread. There is a need to ensure that citizens adhere to the strict protocols.
    If they don’t we back at 1/4/2021,

    Great job Bosstic

    Where is the dashboard?

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  • Webmd

    What is community spread?
    ANSWER

    Sometimes a person can trace how they got the virus because they will know they have been in contact with someone who is sick. In other cases, the cause is unknown. Community spread is when someone gets the virus without any known contact with a sick person.

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  • Great job govt
    From 329 infections to 1077 in two weeks
    Keep up the good work

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  • The GOB is in the unfortunate position in that no matter how good things become, it cannot take a victory lap. There are no low hanging fruits. Victory can only be declared when there are no more cases of covid-19 anywhere in the world.

    The alarmist are in a position in that they can make a thousand proposals and fine tune their attacks until covid-19 is eradicated. For them, there is plenty of low hanging fruits. Gluttony is a sin.

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  • International travellers beware: the federal government is considering a requirement that people returning to Canada quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for 14 days to limit the spread of COVID-19.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed to reporters Friday that it’s a possibility being considered along with other travel measures that could be implemented without advance notice.

    “People should not be planning non-essential travel or vacation travel outside of the country,” Trudeau said. “We could be bringing in new measures that significantly impede your ability to return to Canada at any given moment without warning.”

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  • “Great job govt
    From 329 infections to 1077 in two weeks
    Keep up the good work”.

    You have clearly demonstrated the point that I was making. You are feasting on the cumulative total.
    There is no disputing that we went through a rough patch, but a more reasoned and honest approach would be look at the daily or weekly total.

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  • Governments all over the world are pucking up. They are reacting late instead of early.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is sending two mobile health units to the GTA amid high hospitalization and ICU numbers in the region.

    Trudeau says the mobile units will provide 200 hospital beds and free up space for people who need ICU care. He did not specify where exactly in the GTA the units will be located.

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  • Happen to read where Lyall said there is a backlog in the number of samples to be tested.

    If we can assume the “backlog” has a similar distribution of cases and non-cases as those already tested over the period, then the raw numbers of cases would increase, but I would still expect to see a decline with the passage of time.

    it would be interesting to know the backlog and when did it actually occur. If it is back;log of cases for the weeks immediately more after Christmas then we would expect a major jump. If the backlog is more recent, then my mind is more at ease.

    I maintain “Great job Bosstic”

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  • There was a backlog and up to the last press briefing on Tuesday this week we were told it was less than 1,000 and cleared by end of week. If the promise is kept the backlog should be gone now because of the tireless work of lab techs at the lab. After a rough two weeks it seems we are staring at the backside of the curve.

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  • Wondering how many samples are outstanding?
    Suppose we had untested samples from December 26, does it make sense testing them now?
    Does the virus “die” after some time has passed.
    Can we employ a sampling technique to the number of backlog samples to obtain a crude estimate of the number of backlog cases? I think we can

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  • theO

    The backlog should be secondary contact / people who just gotta tested because the think they had been exposed. i wouldnt expect many positives from those groups with the way they are doing contracting tracing in Bim.

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  • Thanks.
    One finger and slow typist or I would have caught your answer.

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  • Community transmission is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive tests through sentinel samples (routine systematic testing of respiratory samples from established laboratories).Mar 13, 2020

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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  • Oh dear! CBC again, not Barbados! Canadians complaining again!

    Remind me – what is the Bajan Condition?

    Boy, that GG went all over the place being nasty to staff. Trudeau did no research on her past work relationships. Now she has a pension for life for terrorising her staff and treating them like shit. Woman crazy as hell!

    Politicians screwing up all over the world!

    The people getting screwed all over the world.

    Heard 42 million Americans say they don’t get enough to eat these days. The so-called richest nation in the world leaves its citizens hungry while politicians live high on the hog.

    We will never get any better if we do not properly define our problems and keep them in perspective.

    Our problems are human failings not specific to Barbados.

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  • @ Donna,

    Barbados is a great place to live and a lot of CanBajans are snowbirds

    Three to six months in Barbados every year.

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  • Mari

    There can be a covid positive person on every street and every village in Barbados. IF they can all be linked then it is local spread.

    it is not called community spread just because it is in the community (as i, like you had believed at one point)

    if the case/s in st phillip can be link to the case/s in st lucy which can also be linked to the case/s in st george -> st andrew -> st james -> chch etc IS LOCAL SPREAD,

    cOMMUNITY SPREAD , is when there are multiple STAND ALONE individuals / clusters where you cannot link them to another individual/cluster/outside travel.

    In other words. (the way i understand it)

    local spread is when it is in the community but you know where it came from

    Community spread is when you have a few cases/clusters in the community and (AFTER investigation is finished) no one know where the hell they came from.

    ** AFTER INVESTIGATION** is very important to find out if there is linkage or not

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  • @ David January 22, 2021 6:53 PM

    Our beloved guests on vacation now get their results delivered again within 48h. Those who want to leave Barbados quickly can do so. Our testing machine runs like Swiss clockwork. Thanks to General Bosstic and our Supreme Leader.

    In four weeks, Corona in Barbados will be history. Then it will be just us again, i.e. the local population, the globalists and the digital nomads. LOL. All the sandy beaches empty and for us alone. Paradise on earth. That’s Barbados. Thank you Supreme Leader!

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  • Uh-oh! It seems that it is 50m Americans who are food insecure. Not 42m.

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  • @ David
    “Let us make up our minds, do we need prospective and declared candidates to canvass the constituency to establish roots? Do we prefer candidates to be parachuted in a few months or week before the bell rings?

    William what say you? ”

    William has said on this blog at least four times that it takes a solid three years for a new candidate to properly canvass a constituency. The seasoned candidates can get back in stride a year or so out although eighteen months will be better in their case. Time really is not on the DLP’s side unless they plan to run a huge number from the slaughterhouse of 2018.
    I have said elsewhere that the DLP should run anywhere from 10 to 12 candidates from 2018. All of this talk about only new candidates is political suicide. A general election platform calls for experienced hands. They have found themselves in a real political quandary.
    Let me hasten to add that there is only one winner when we go to the polls. It is the BLPDLP.

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  • Don’t know what to tell alyuh but the news is not good. I listened to the conference and it’s not what anyone wants to hear. Boris might shut down by month end.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/22/new-uk-variant-may-be-more-deadly-pm-boris-johnson/

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  • Thanks William, needed you to restate the point for your mate LOL.

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  • TORONTO — An Ontario doctor who is facing charges for allegedly misleading health officials about how she contracted the highly contagious U.K. variant of the coronavirus has been removed from the medical team at a Whitby long-term care home.

    A spokesperson for the Region of Durham confirmed Friday that Dr. Martina Weir is no longer an attending physician at Fairview Lodge.

    “Please be assured that your medical care will continue uninterrupted,” the home’s administrator said in a memo obtained by CTV News Toronto. “We look forward to introducing you to a new attending physician once we have one on board.”

    Weir and her husband Brian were each charged with two counts of “failing to provide accurate information on all persons that the defendant may have had contact with during their period of communicability for COVID-19” and one count of obstruction “by providing false information to the Durham Region Associate Medical Officer of Health in relation to contact tracing involving the U.K. variant strain of COVID-19.”

    Brian works in a non-patient-facing role for the Toronto Paramedic Services.

    Source: https://toronto.ctvnews.ca

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