COVID 19 Update – 25.01.2021

The COVID 19 pandemic continues to be a challenge for many countries across the globe including Barbados. To shutdown or not is the question being asked by Barbadians. This evening’s briefing by the government will provide the answer.

Latest numbers presented by BU’s Lyall Small posted to COVID 19 Update page

Community spread has now been officially declared in Barbados and the testing backlog has been fixed. Attached are current charts up to 22nd Jan. We should now get a clearer picture of the dynamics of the virus in Barbados and the other 4 Caribbean countries we have been tracking. Panic now seems to be the general reaction here so far but I think that is unwarranted. I think that in about 3 weeks we should have a clearer picture of how the outbreak will likely progress here. In the meantime be very careful Lyall Small

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  • Didn’t mm say that the small shop and vendors will be compensated for list of business?

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  • Agree with your comment Donna, enforcement has been the deal breaker for us.

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  • Excellent points by one and “Hal”. Forgive me for my play on words. Hal, I agree with you 100 percent. How pratical is it for the Barbadian population to carry out their shopping at a number of these large supermarkets which are all located in commercial areas. Especially when they may all live within a 10-15 minute radius on foot to their closest local store. What of the cost and health implications. A basket of shopping cost a fortune at Massey’s. What is the likelihood of the virus spreading exponentially with people travelling greater distances to carry out their weekly shopping.

    It is evident that this policy has been implemented to benefit minority businesses. I personally believe that it will fail as it’s clearly discriminatory at all levels (and I’m just not referencing race).

    By the end of the year we are going to see a different social, political and economic landscape. The masks of the elite in Barbados have been removed and in a global context they are of insignificant. Our Prime Minister cannot even promise a supply of vaccines to her population. The golden goose called tourism has been cooked and our business elite have been left badly exposed.

    The wall is breaking up and no amount of propping it up will save it.

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  • Agree with your comment Donna, enforcement has been the deal breaker for us.

    No it has not!

    We locked up our Jamaican cousin for half a year.

    The problem is the two tiered and uneven approach to the rules.

    The tourisses came, saw and frolicked now the locals will pay a heavy price.

    Laugh now, cry later.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Donna. January 27, 2021 9:18 AM
    Their evidence is idiots on the call-in programs that are afraid of everything and believe mask, sanitizing and social distancing will drop all transmission to zero.

    Where did the three deaths that happened recently catch their COVID from?

    Where is the percentage breakdown of cases by infection soource? Family members vs Neigbours vs Friends vs Workplace vs In the Wild?

    In the absence of properly reported statistics, we can only guess.

    Have they collected and analyzed the numbers to determine the patterns but are keeping it as some big secret to protect certain failures.

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  • Canada to Barbados ? Tourist from Canada ? Not likely.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that new pandemic measures for travel are coming and Canadians should cancel any travel plans.
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-increas-travel-restrictions-1.5888231

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  • Bajans have been given a week to stock up before the “lockdown and curfew “.

    They should prepare for a hurricane.

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  • It is evident that this policy has been implemented to benefit minority businesses. I personally believe that it will fail as it’s clearly discriminatory at all levels (and I’m just not referencing race).

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    GO TO THE TOP OF THE FUCKING CLASS.

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  • @TLSN

    You are dealing with a people who are by nature very stubborn. It is a core part of our culture. Can you imagine the president taking advice from any adviser, especially one she thinks she is better educated than or from the wrong social class?
    Just look at the usual mantras, the binary explanations: obey the protocols and we will be fine; it was the bus crawl that infected the entire country; those people in prison; ZR drivers without asks; etc. The big shops are obeying the protocols, but the small shops are not. Sadly, even intelligent people eventually begin to believe this crap.
    Now we have gone from protocols to the Hitlerite invasion of people’s private homes, their castles, by a public heath Gestapos to carry out tests. To object will be a criminal offence under our emergency legislation.
    There is an historical inability to put the protocols in their rightful place – a set of behaviours created at a time in the pandemic when the scientists did not know its causation or infectivity.
    I am sure to the older people it has rings of the early 1980s and HIV/AIDS, with the scaremongering replacing caution, fear as social policy, as Africans and Haitians were blamed, then homosexuals.
    Then look at the duplicitous nature of her communicative syntax, her play on words: you call it lockdown, I call it pause; cluster or community spread, etc, all meant to deceive, while at the same time telling the ignorant masses she will be honest with them, don’t listen to social media, we are in this together.
    It is Goebbels all over again, the politics of trickery. For those capable of being critical, just look at the make-up of her various CoVid task forces, her in and out appearances, her annoying habit of trying to explain public health and scientific issues to the public which, of course, she believes she is better at doing than the specialists.
    I have said before the president is good, in fact very good, on preaching on political platforms, but she is not a policy person and politics is not just about propaganda. She is one-dimensional.
    A crisis is not a time to shout waffle, wave hands all over the place, like the insane. Her skill, her only skill, is shouting from a platform and repeating nonsense while her fan club follows her like the Pied Piper.
    At this time, what is called for is tone, sympathy, empathy, leadership, direction, reassurance. She has a skills deficit, which normally will be laughable, but at times like this are highly dangerous..

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  • I see we have 1 person in “serious/critical” condition.

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  • I WONDER HOW MUCH MORE INCREASE IN PROFITS MASSY WILL MAKE WHILST LOCAL BLACKS SUFFER IN THE MAJORITY ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND.

    PEOPLE BY NOW SHOULD BE RECOGNISING WHO ARE THE WHITE SHADOWS PULLING THE BLP GOVERNMENT STRINGS LIKE PUPPETS BEHIND THE SCENES.

    I ALSO WONDER HOW MANY LOCAL BLACK BUSINESSES CAN BOAST AS BELOW:

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    Massy increases profit in pandemic

    Despite the damage inflicted on Caribbean economies by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Massy Group, one of the region’s largest conglomerates managed to grow its after-tax profit by more than 20 per cent last year.

    In its recently-released annual report for the year ending September 30, 2020, Robert Bermudez, chairman of the Port-of-Spain-based company, told shareholders the group of companies had shown great resilience during the crisis.

    Massy, which has significant interests in Barbados acquired mainly from its takeover of Barbados Shipping & Trading more than ten years ago, earned 29 per cent of its profits from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean in 2020, 43 per cent from its Trinidad and Tobago operations and 18 per cent from Guyana.

    According to Bermudez: “In spite of the uncertainties and interruptions to business operations sustained in 2020, the Massy Group grew its profit after-tax by 21.2 per cent from TT$613 million (BDS$204 million) to TT$743 million (BDS$247 million).

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/21/massy-increases-profit-in-pandemic/

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  • @HAL is on the ball.
    Sars-cov2 is a respiratory virus that has negative effects on 0.3% of the population. The 3 deaths past few days of an 83,84 and 91 year old are in no way tragic, they are called life. All 3 had number of co-morbidities, not a one died of Covid, they all died from old age. I pray that I can live to be 91 and my children get to that age.
    Closing village shops but allowing Massey to stay open is blatantly unfair and based in ZERO Science
    Closing OUTDOOR markets such as Cheapside or Mighty Grinner highway or the vegetable shop on the corner is actual Stupidity. If there is any REAL SCIENCE, it is that being Outdoors is the safest place to be when trying to avoid catching a respiratory virus…These vegetable stands are outdoors, fresh air blowing, Massey is a giant indoor air conditioned Store to which many Bajans will have to take public transit in a cramped bus. IT MAKES ZERO SCIENTIFIC SENSE TO close the fruit and vegetable markets and vendors and allow Price Smart and Massey to be your only option.

    When it comes to managing the Economy and Health, well that line she used that 25 million dollars will be lost but that doesn’t matter because lives matter. That is sheer bullocks and rhetoric. Money and finance does matter, the job of politicians and government is to effectively manage limited resources and spread them out equitably and efficiently to promote the growth and health of an economy and society. The financial costs will be well over 25 million by the way, probably more like 40-50 million, and this to do what, possibly prevent a few 80 year olds from dying this month and instead living 6 months longer or maybe not at all longer, and meanwhile denying 25,000 kids a proper in face education and putting 25,000 workers back on the breadline (wonder if NIS will even arrive). Covid is NOT the only health concern or societal concern or economic concern, it is one of 100. Claiming that we shall spend any amount or sacrifice any amount of money to “save a life” is actually a dereliction of duty!

    Jamaica, Mexico, Aruba, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Curacao, Bonaire, BVI, Mexico, Costa Rica all are countries that have no lockdowns, maybe have a curfew here and there and are functional economies with actual tourism and their Health Care systems are managing the health aspect. Barbados government loves to claim they are the best in the Caribbean, but to be frank they are not. They are not managing the economy well and balancing the health care aspect of Covid

    Lastly this impending doom that is spoken of, that health care system may collapse. Guess what in Jamaica or Trinidad or DR, nowhere has it collapsed. In Barbados we have Harrison Point with 80 hospital beds, 50 Ventilators, 98 Cuban nurses and 12 Cuban doctors on top of the Bajan health care system. In Ontario Canada with a population of 14 million, there are currently 32 people on a Ventilator, Barbados has 50 of them! They will never be full up. It seems to me the health care system is more than prepared for Covid serious cases…..In fact with 360 active cases we are told ONE person is in semi-serious condition….ONE, extrapolate those numbers if you thus had 3600 it would be at 10 (and these are the types of statistics you see everywhere). Therefore the system here is more than prepared for an “onslaught of the deadly covid virus”

    This 2 week lockdown is yet again another knee jerk reaction, NOT BASED on any science and another Kick in the head to the lower income Bajans.

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  • If you send home workers because of the casedemic, your costs will fall and the NIS will break..

    If you don’t work as many hours in a day and send home workers early because of the casedemic, your costs will fall.

    If your customers are convinced to stock up because of possible shutdowns due to the casedemic, your sales will rise.

    All three working together, will cause your profits to rise.

    This is not rocket science.

    If you want Massy’s profits to fall, take actions that will increase their costs and reduce their sales.

    Otherwise, fume while Massy (and me) laugh at you!!

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  • Even if the sales of Massy fall, once the costs have also fallen it will make a profit!!

    This is not rocket science.

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  • RicardoJanuary 27, 2021 11:19 AM

    @HAL is on the ball.
    Sars-cov2 is a respiratory virus that has negative effects on 0.3% of the population. The 3 deaths past few days of an 83,84 and 91 year old are in no way tragic, they are called life. All 3 had number of co-morbidities, not a one died of Covid, they all died from old age. I pray that I can live to be 91 and my children get to that age.

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    Where is the resident BU expert on life expectancy when you need her to propound and expound?

    All the same, if she makes an appearance it will be tell Ricardo he can’t expect to make it to 91 because men are expected to die a lot earlier … in their 70’s.

    It would be better if she just keeps her mouth shut and doesn’t bring her negative waves here!!

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  • @john thats why i said, I HOPE to make it to 91, it would be a blessing,

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  • https://www.nationnews.com/2021/01/27/shoppers-trying-beat-rush/

    Lines were forming outside two major supermarkets in Christ Church on Wednesday morning as shoppers tried to get ahead of the new restrictions set to go into effect in February.

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  • Jamaica, Mexico, Aruba, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Curacao, Bonaire, BVI, Mexico, Costa Rica all are countries that have no lockdowns, maybe have a curfew here and there and are functional economies with actual tourism and their Health Care systems are managing the health aspect. Barbados government loves to claim they are the best in the Caribbean, but to be frank they are not. They are not managing the economy well and balancing the health care aspect of Covid

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    SAY IT AGAIN FOR THE BULLSHITTERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO CALL ME A LIAR TO DEFEND THIS INEPT AND BOUGHT OUT BLP GOVERNMENT AT ALL COST.

    I AM STILL WAITING FOR @ David BU BLOGMASTER TO EXPOSE ME.

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  • RicardoJanuary 27, 2021 11:38 AM

    @john thats why i said, I HOPE to make it to 91, it would be a blessing,

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    Life is sweet, enjoy it when you can!!

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    “The real problem with communicating the CoVid crisis to the country is the president. She believes she must be front and centre of everything going on, regardless, no original idea, no lessons learnt, no doubting her own supremacy”

    @HAL9000 PRIME MINISTER Mottley is not doing like the past PM, just waking up out of their bed and developing policy the same day, she is consulting the social partnership!!!!! The social partnership that the last (inept) administration chose to throw under the bus, because they couldn’t careless about their concerns or the concern of Bajans. They ONLY did what was politically expedient!!!!. Ms Mottley as PRIME MINISTER HAS to be front and centre. She may be the voice and figure head you see but is speaking on behalf of a nation.

    Why are subjecting yourself to PM Mottley “diatribes” all the time “punishing” yourself?!?!?!?!. Can I make a suggestion?….when the PM makes her press conferences on, just go on Youtube and watch some episodes of Teletubbies or listen to the Baby shark song…or ever better (or worse) listen to recordings of the previous PM press conferences (were they any?) or interviews. Hey, I thought they were painful to listen to but one man’s garbage is another person’s gold.

    I THINK I know the problem, you sound so much like some fellas at school. When you ask them about a particular girl they does “bad talk” her in front the fellas but when lunch time or end of term comes you cant see them at all!, they are in some empty room or under a tree talking LONG with the same girl they “cursing”. You PROBABLY just have a secret crush on Miss Mottley Just express your feelings like a MAN!!!!!!!!!! MAN UP!!!!!!!!!

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  • @ DLP TV

    I have enormous respect for Ms Mottley, a woman that has dedicated all her adult life to politics. I just do not exaggerate her skills or talents. I also like it that approaching three years we are still talking about Stuart.

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  • @ Hal Austin

    YOU MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT WHEN THEY ARE BEGGING OR WISHING YOU GO AWAY.

    THE REASON WHY BLACKS WERE IN SLAVERY FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS WAS MAINLY BECAUSE OF BEING SOLD OUT BY OTHER BLACKS TO THEIR COLONIAL WHITE MASTERS.

    SAME AS 2021 ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND.

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  • @ Baje

    My shoulders are broad. Anymore about the 200000 Indian vaccines?

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  • @William

    Did you hear the head of the private sector representing that his group is against the lockdown?

    Did you hear him defend small business sector? He must be reading BU and decided to respond to your protestations.

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  • Baje, you is one lying, ass kissing son of a bitch. Your head so far up Hal Austin ass that I feel when he poop, you does belch.

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  • @ David
    Heard him . However, I would have preferred him to say the small businesses he means. For example if he had specifically said: small shops/ mini marts , vendors etc , .

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  • Jamaica, Mexico, Aruba, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Curacao, Bonaire, BVI, Mexico, Costa Rica all are countries that have no lockdowns, maybe have a curfew here and there and are functional economies with actual tourism and their Health Care systems are managing the health aspect.
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    Maybe these countries are managing their Health care systems well, but at Pearson Int’l Airport in Toronto where there is a voluntary Covid test for international travelers, 10 of 150 (so far) that tested positive arrived from Jamaica.

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  • Tron January 27, 2021 9:38 AM

    “We must stand together in solidarity now and do not need party bickering. Our government should therefore postpone the next elections until 2026 because of the pandemic.”

    👍

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  • Bunch of filthy political animals are bitching about Government putting the nation on lockdown

    if they had morals and integrity they would shut up

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  • No reasonable sized country has gotten its attack on this pandemic right. Things are changing all the time curfew ,lockdown mask don’t mask its been like the US constitution a living document where things adapt to the time and events . Picking on failures is silly there will be lots of time to find fault after you get over this, on which path taken, speed or tardiness. Now I do agree with some of the ladies on the blog that Mia’s instructions are a bit vague. So your left wondering, if they are having relations is it okay not to wear a mask if the person is in your bubble, have to wear a mask since you are within 6ft or will the usual bag suffice.

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  • Until Mia tackles the source from whence the virus is coming
    She would continue to draw up muddle plans that annoy and divide the country on political lines
    By tommorow Mia would come back with a different plan for small business

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  • Baje, you is one lying, ass kissing son of a bitch. Your head so far up Hal Austin ass that I feel when he poop, you does belch.

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    I HAVE MY HEAD UP A MAN’S ASS THAT I HAVE NEVER MET OR SPOKEN TO IN PERSON.

    WELL WELL WELL

    KEEP SHOWING YOUR 2 x 3 ISLAND WARP WAY OF THINKING.

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  • These alarming statistics almost moved the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley to tears as she addressed the nation at a COVID-19 update press conference today. …….

    With the most recent COVID-related death being recorded two days ago, January 24, PM Mottley said:

    “This has given me sleepless nights…….(Quote)

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  • @William

    Just be passed many small village shops and they are being well patronized.

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  • I HAVE MY HEAD UP A MAN’S ASS THAT I HAVE NEVER MET OR SPOKEN TO IN PERSON.

    Wait? You said that you lecture at universities and don’t know that is an IDIOM? Man, you got to be a BLITHERING IDIOT then. You ever met or spoke to Donna, Lorenzo, Waru, Enuff and the blogmaster in person? Why you come here and curse them everyday?

    I feel you still living on the 2×3 island too because you can’t be living in a big city and got the same warp thinking like me.

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    @ HAL9000 Fumble, like Trump Boy is indeed memorable, but for all the wrong reasons. His “legacy” will echo for may decade for in the halls of parliament and in books detailing Bajan political history. It is good you admit your “crush” on Ms Mottley. She like may PMs will have her fans and detractors but I don’t think many people are exaggerating her skills. They maybe just welcoming the breath of fresh air seeing someone act like a PM after 8 – 10 yrs of total misery.

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  • @ Frank

    I CAN AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH WHO I FEEL LIKE AND CUSS THOSE WHO CUSS ME OR SEEK TO MALIGN.

    FOLLOWING THE USUAL SMALL ISLAND MENTALITY NOW YOU ARE ALLEGING THE I MAY BE RESIDING ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND.

    WONDERS NEVER CEASE.

    KEEP SHOWING YOUR BLP GOVERNMENT COLOURS.

    I NEVER PROMISED TO LOCKUP ANYBODY INCLUDING CROOKED POLITICIANS AND MARK MALONEY
    SET A MINIMUM WAGE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF BEING ELECTED ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO
    TO DEFEND THE WOMAN WHOSE CHILD WAS KILLED BECAUSE OF MARK MALONEY’S CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE, BEEN ACCUSED OF HAVING WHITE SHADOWS AROUND ME MANIPULATING ME LIKE A POPPET
    LET THE CORONA VIRUS INCLUDING NEW STRAINS INTO THE 2 x 3 ISLAND UNCHECKED AND THEN BLAMING LOCALS FOR MY MISMANAGEMENT.
    REDUCING SUPERMARKET HOURS AND CLOSING THEM ON WEEKENDS
    CLOSING DOWN SMALL SHOPS MOSTLY BELONGING TO POOR BLACK OWNERS BARELY SURVIVING IN THE LOCAL COMMERCIAL ENVIRONMENT

    IF YOU CAN PROVED I LIED ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES ABOVE OF YOUR BLP GOVERNMENT THEN I WILL REMOVE MYSELF FROM BU.

    UNTIL SUCH TIME GTFOH.

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  • Baje

    U may not lie about them but that don’t mean u not a liar

    You is the biggest blasted liar and jackass on BU

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  • Did she say the small shops, mini marts and vendors will be compensated? I don’t listen to the press conferences.

    So… she will be getting that money from Massy and Carlton and Pricemart ???? What is the tax rate again?

    I repeat, you cannot state that the problem is the small players not following protocol unless you have evidence. If you have evidence then you should shut down the offenders.

    This makes no sense.

    You are closing supermarkets early, not opening on Saturday and Sunday and closing outdoor and small community shops and mini marts with small numbers of customers and open windows, where customers usually spend much less than fifteen minutes.

    Result? More congestion in the air conditioned supermarkets where one stands in long lines for more than fifteen minutes! More people travelling together in public transport instead of just walking to the shop.

    Germatopia!

    Anonymous people catching the virus and carrying it back to every nook and cranny in Barbados instead of keeping it contained in one community.

    Makes contact tracing harder.

    Somebody help me to follow the logic!

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  • FOLLOWING THE USUAL SMALL ISLAND MENTALITY NOW YOU ARE ALLEGING THE I MAY BE RESIDING ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND.

    You talked about warp thinking on the 2×3 island. I said I FEEL you still living on the 2×3 island too because you can’t be living in a big city and got the same warp thinking like me. You saying I alleging you live here. Context my dear boy, context. English has to be your second language.

    It looks like if anybody has to say something to you, you allege they are BLP supporters. Look how you gone on now to quarreling about what the BLP do and did not do. What that got to do with me? That is big country mentality? For a man that claim to have so many certificates and taught at a lot of universities, you are an empty vessel and a blithering idiot. Confirmation you are a liar.

    Done with you. Have a good evening.

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  • @ Frank

    POOR YOU.

    YOU COULD HAVE DONE WITH ME FROM THE BEGINNING.

    ALSO EXCUSE ME IF I DON’T SPEAK YOUR PIGEON LANGUAGE OR ITS MEANING.

    YOU TOO HAVE A GOOD DAY.

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  • Enuff…you too.

    There is still the matter of diversifying the economy that WILL NOT GO AWAY..no matter how Mia tries to dodge it….all the selling out both governments have done to the Black majority over the decades has followed them straight into 2021……what a start to a year and yall thought 2020 was rocky, this one will PALE IN COMPARISON.

    2021…I see you.

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  • Ricardo said …Jamaica, Mexico, Aruba, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Curacao, Bonaire, BVI, Mexico, Costa Rica

    You really are not serious. You want someone to comment on the issues that they have with their management of the virus?

    Jamaica, I already did that. The conclusion is obvious. But I will spell it out. A death rate at least four times that of Barbados, population adjusted.

    Mexico… that is sad….not even getting into that one.

    I am not going further, no need.

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  • On diversification, the old adage ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ comes into play.

    Solution, stop importing crap, as we have been saying on this blog since the early days. Then, bajans will produce.

    See that world trade rubbish? That is the issue. Exploit the loopholes and make it not worthwhile to import crap.

    That will get the bajans producing to fill the void.

    That right there is really the solution.

    And then the forex is spent on tooling and raw materials. Save forex in the long run.

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  • David

    This Covid bad as shiite yuh. More and more athletes suffering all kinds of severe, long haul after affects. This is a bitch boy, and it aint easing up.

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  • @Donna, 3:34
    What logic?? There is none to be followed.

    After last night it was a foregone conclusion that more deaths were coming and uncertainty is the order of the day.
    The closure of small shops is the sum of an equation called “community spread + corporate spending”
    The aged who stood home but live with younger persons are now exposed.
    The new faster moving more contagious variant is here and doing its thing.
    Despite the earlier assurances….containment and mitigation are now the only options after hesitation and pontification (not you Bostic, ya did ya best)
    Covid-19 is and will continue to be with us…..for a long time to come.
    National pause or not we all must now look after ourselves and consider our neighbours.
    Assume everyone you meet has it. Govern yourself accordingly

    At least Comrade was honest enough to admit he was wrong by not closing borders and shutting down activity. Will such humility ever come from Bridgetown?

    May God be with us all.

    Just observing.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Donna January 27, 2@021 3:34 PM

    It is called having decision makers basing decisions on advice from people following the science when it suits them and working in offices and living in their 4 or 5 bedroom mansion just them and their spouse that have no contact whatsoever with the regular person on the street and has not caught public transport before ZR days.

    Decisions should be made on statistics and not what they feel or hear going on in international circles. I want to see statistics on sources of the COVID cases and clusters attributed to village shops vs regular restaurants vs high-end restaurants vs all other.

    It should have been done the other way around. Give people until Feb 3rd to get bulk items from the large supermarkets and close them for the 2 weeks.

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  • @Pacha

    As someone said, we cant hide from Covid 19. We can close borders or not it will infiltrate. We have to fight a smart fight BUT inevitably there will be suffering. We see how it continues to challenge the so-called developed countries.

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  • @CA

    People are starting to die as consequence of the new strain?

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Important decisions must be made on the basis of accurate facts and statistics.

    If accurate information is not available, procedures must be put in place to gather it. Otherwise you might as well write your options on pieces of paper, put them in a hat and pull the first one.

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  • Are people dying from the new CoVid strain? Which of the new strains? Where did that statistic come from or is it manufactured?

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  • Did you see the question mark? Do you know what a question mark means?

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @David January 27, 2021 4:25 PM

    Who are these people? Were they already at death’s door? How did they contract it? Statistics, Statistics, Statistics.

    I don’t believe experts that come telling me do this or do that because they say so. They never apologize when they get it wrong, they just come back and say ‘Oh there was a small chance this or that could have happened’. I lost too many friends and family to that sort of blind compliance.

    Give me the statistics before you go compromising my health by telling me I must wear a mask outside in the fresh clean air where no case transmission occurs unless I go stupidly right in front your face like I want to kiss you.

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  • @CA

    Agree with you our reporters need to press for all the information but we operate in a culture where public officials guard information like their lifes depended on it.

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  • @David
    “we operate in a culture where public officials guard information like their lifes depended on it.”

    Maybe it does!

    Just Observing

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  • Covid is no joke. The effects are devastating even if it don’t finish ya off, it impacts your speech, brain, organs etc. a nasty piece of mutating work..it got cousin Boris unable to string a decent sentence together without a struggle, and he had it months ago. Don’t know why some people were so cavalier about believing it couldn’t do more damage, bet ya they are no longer thinking they can fight it, beat it or wage war on it, if so, they’re delusional.

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  • @ Donna,
    I made the same point as you; though not as elegantly. You do realise that we are talking about a crisis of leadership and a government that is being strong-armed by the local business oligarchs.

    There was a period in time when Portugal was viewed as a nation that was handling the pandemic extremely well. Compared to its eastern neighbour Spain whose population were been picked off at an alarming rate by the Grim Reaper.

    Those halcyon days are now a distant memory for tiny Portugal. I would ask Mia to read this extraordinary new’s article on the existential threat now faced by Portugal backed up with mathematical calculations. Their president used similar language to Colonel Bostic when he stated that Portugal was prepared to wrestle or beat down covid-19.

    Closing the borders still remains the most efficient and effective method of controlling covid-19.

    https://www.portugalresident.com/portugal-may-need-to-send-patients-abroad-as-it-ranks-worst-in-world-again-for-covid-19/

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    @ Donna that aspect of the proposed measures is the complete opposite of what happened last year where initially it was the village shop that were allowed to open and the supermarkets closed. Compensating small shops just introduces an unnecessary complication when it is far more practical to let them open. Govt still has to compensate those business affected by the New Years Eve curfew. I am hopeful gov’t will rethink it. The protocols were readily tweaked within the two week spans the measures were applied last year.

    I prefer to be optimistic. From what i’m reading, many other countries had an initial spike then were able to reduce the number of active cases over the course of 2 – 4 months even with community spread. The backlog in getting back results would have exacerbated the situation and has to be avoided. if a person knows they are COVID-19+ 7 days after the test they would have had 7 days (along with the days prior to the test) to spread the virus. I my opinion If Barbados can maintain an active case number below 150 that would be a desirable situation to allow Barbados to return to a sense of normalcy. Maintaining that number would reduce the urgency to get the vaccines here.

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  • How do you do an effective reset in the prevailing environment with a very contagious Covid strain about and justify making exceptions? You have to draw a line some where?

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  • The critics were right
    Govt was wrong and continues to be wrong
    Covid is a physical as well as a mental diseases
    Ask anyone who have been caught in a circumstance where an individual was diagnosed
    The mental effect is awfully traumatic
    Mia took the country on a roller coaster ride from hell

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  • It would be of interest to know how much money was spent by govt in the fight against COVID

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  • Like it or not lockdown means Government are given power to make arbitrary rules how to clamp down and monitor it’s people. Supply chains of small businesses and supermarkets differ as do network of people involved and policing necessary. Lockdown is like curfew.

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  • @ William

    Yes I agree with you that this move appears to target the vendors and small shop but let me ask you a question.

    Have you ever seen a hand sanitizer or person taking temperatures next to a vendor in the market? Also how many shops you think have a sanitizer stand at the door? To be fair to the goverment I don’t think it was done to victimize anyone, I think the decision was made based on the ability to enforce the protocols by the retailer.

    I would go a step further and say a sanitizer should be at the entrance of every PSV as well.

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  • The above article spells out why govt should avoided exposing there citizens to this deadly incurable illness
    Mia stubborness is what keeps bajans at high risk

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  • “….incurable illness”.?????🤔

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  • Illness or disease their is no cure
    Mia put the country and economy at high risk
    In that every year millions would have to be allocated for vaccine
    Now at her eleventh hour to suffice she puts a strangle hold on small businesses

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  • The opposition on BU is hyping COVID20-England into a killer virus. The fact is that mortality is minimal and affects almost only fat, sick and old people.

    We live on a small island. Given the political will, we can eradicate COVID20-England in a few weeks. Without a doubt, our Supreme Leader has such a strong will.

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  • LOL @ Pacha.. January 27, 2021 4:16 PM
    This Covid bad as shiite yuh.

    That about sums it up boss…..

    Unfortunately it is only the beginning…. Remember Bushie’s advice that our donkeys were destined for the grass…?
    ….well the REAL thorns are yet ahead of us…

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  • Feeling lonely during the pandemic? You’re up to ten times more likely to have worse mental health
    Ziggi Ivan Santini, Research Scientist in Mental Health, University of Southern Denmark and Ai Koyanagi, Research Professor in Life and Medical Sciences, ICREA

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    While COVID-19 may itself compromise a person’s mental health, the social conditions of the pandemic are also having a negative impact. Economic hardship, heavy COVID-related media exposure, reduced social contact and domestic violence are just some factors that may have affected people.

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  • Frank it is good that you realise Baje is a fraud.He believes typing in caps make him believable.I too believe he lives here and is an ex DLP Minister who lost his big pick in 2018.He never appeared here pre May 2018 while during the lost decade he said not a word.NOT ONE WORD AGAINST THE DEMS LED BY MR STUART AND OTHERS LIKE MR SINCKLER WHO LED IS TO 23 DOWNGRADES AND NOT A DAMN WORD FROM BAJE A TOTAL JACKASS.As for Mariposa / Cox how come you and Austin aren, t oit celebrating the news of the community spread? Tell us when did you become a health expert? Leave the solution to the real health experts you and Austin are becoming nuisances on the blog.

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  • Frank it is good that you realise Baje is a fraud.He believes typing in caps make him believable.I too believe he lives here and is an ex DLP Minister who lost his big pick in 2018.He never appeared here pre May 2018 while during the lost decade he said not a word.NOT ONE WORD AGAINST THE DEMS LED BY MR STUART

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    CATCHING AT STRAWS.

    PITY THAT YOU GUYS DON’T PUT THE SAME EFFORT TO DEFEND YOUR OWN BLACK PEOPLE ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND,

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  • Lorenzo there is nothing here to celebrate
    Unlike u who believes that Mia policy of leaving the border open was the better of the worst choice
    Btw it would be of interest to know how much money govt has spent fighting COVID

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  • Btw it would be of interest to know how much money govt has spent fighting COVID

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    THE BETTER QUESTION WOULD BE HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING RICH THROUGH THE BACK DOOR AIDED BY BLP GOVERNMENT BESIDES MASSY BOTH LEGALLY AND ILLEGALLY.

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  • I’ve finally figured out why China has so few cases.

    They are using anal swabs!!

    https://thehill.com/homenews/news/536197-china-uses-anal-swabs-to-test-for-covid-19

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  • @ Lorenzo January 27, 2021 7:06 PM

    I heard de Echo. It was a willow 🏏

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  • I guess the Chinese lab technicians don’t do much testing.

    It can’t be very pleasant.

    But, maybe the Chinese may be on to something.

    The AG was recently blaming the no panty (or panty and punani) bus crawl for the upsurge of positives found.

    Maybe it is spread through other orifices besides nose and mouth.

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  • @David January 27, 2021 3:22 AM “Baje is a liar.”

    Correction: Baje is the biggest liar on BU.

    Lol!

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  • @David January 27, 2021 3:22 AM “Baje is a liar.”

    Correction: Baje is the biggest liar on BU.

    Lol!

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    I AM A LIAR THAT’S WHY MIA AND THE WHITE SHADOWS TREAT YOU GUYS LIKE SOME OF THE FOOLS YOU ARE ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND.

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  • @Hal at 10:29 a.m. “her annoying habit of trying to explain public health and scientific issues to the public which, of course, she believes she is better at doing than the specialists.”

    But earlier on this thread you suggested that the Governor General should have been the spokesperson at last night’s meeting. The GG is a lawyer too, just like Mia, so would the GG be any better at explaining or trying to explain public health and scientific issues to the public?”

    You also indicated that a Bajan born English friend of yours who resides in Barbados was confused after last night’s conference, did not know what to do etc.

    I visited a special needs cousin this morning as I had a parcel for her. I called before entering their yard. She came out searing her mask and waited until I had stepped back before moving forward to pick up the parcel.

    If a special needs woman can understand the protocols what is the matter with your friend that she cannot understand?

    The protocols are actually very easy to understand and very easy to follow. But your bad behaved British compatriots came here and deliberately flouted the rules.

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  • @Ricardo at 11″19 AM “Jamaica, Mexico, Aruba, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Curacao, Bonaire, BVI, Mexico, Costa Rica all are countries that have no lockdowns.”

    My response: But all but one of those places have significantly higher death rates than Barbados. In the case of Mexico the death rate is 31 times higher than it is in Barbados. If Barbados was Mexico over 300 Bajans would have died of covid so far, and they would not all be elderly, some would certainly youngish health care workers, some would even be children, perhaps even Ricardo’s children or his parents or siblings and I am sure that Ricardo would be cussing the government for letting them die

    Jamaica, 115 deaths per million people
    Mexico 1184 deaths per million people
    Aruba 542 deaths per million people
    Dominican Republic 236 deaths per million people
    Haiti 280 deaths per million people
    Curacao 122 deaths per million
    Bonaire ???
    British Virgin Islands 33 deaths per million people
    Costa Rica 505 deaths per million people

    BARBADOS 38 deaths per million people

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  • @John January 27, 2021 11:34 AM “Where is the resident BU expert on life expectancy when you need her to propound and expound? All the same, if she makes an appearance it will be tell Ricardo he can’t expect to make it to 91 because men are expected to die a lot earlier … in their 70’s. It would be better if she just keeps her mouth shut and doesn’t bring her negative waves here!!”

    Here I am.

    Was busy gardening, enjoying the exercise, fresh air and sunshine.

    The life expectancy of a Barbadian man is 75.54, so it is unlikely that you or Ricardo will make it to 91, since at 70 Bajan men are old, old men.

    Source: https://www.cia.gov/the-world-factbook/countries/barbados/#people-and-society

    P.S. I have a cousin who is an undertaker, nice long black hearse and everything, from time to time he asks if i have any work for him. Should I ask him to pop around to your place?

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  • @angela cox January 27, 2021 5:33 PM “Covid is a physical as well as a mental diseases
    Ask anyone who have been caught in a circumstance where an individual was diagnosed
    The mental effect is awfully traumatic”

    I asked 3 nieces and a sister who all live in North America and Europe who have all had covid and all their heads are still good, even the elderly sister

    You said to ask anyone, so I asked 4 people.

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  • @Cuhdear,

    Lady, yuh killing muh tho. haha ha. De peeple does calll yuh and den dem upset when yuh turn up and open yuh mout. hahaha.

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  • @John A January 27, 2021 6:10 PM “Also how many shops you think have a sanitizer stand at the door?”

    At my village shop there is hand sanitizer at the entrance, and a plexiglass screen around the cashier, and customers wear masks andpolitely wait their turn outside to eliminate crowding. But I taught the shopkeeper at Sunday School decades ago, so wunna dun know that he is a righteous man.

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  • Cuhdear BajanJanuary 27, 2021 10:23 PM

    BARBADOS 38 deaths per million people

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

    But Barbados does not have a million people!!

    It has about a quarter million people.

    So the most deaths we will have from Covid is 9 which we have had already.

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  • Explain how you arrived at 9 is all we can have

    @ John

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  • @Cuhdear
    Did I read that you have to shop for carrots, tomatoes and sweet peppers?

    Wuh happen to de garden?

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  • @ Bush Tea
    or should I call you Nostradamus?

    Unfortunately it is only the beginning…. Remember Bushie’s advice that our donkeys were destined for the grass…?

    ….well the REAL thorns are yet ahead of us…
    ++++++++++++++++
    Yuh mean you predicted this? Wuhloss don’t leave so soon, since God is a Bajan could you let some of his chosen people know what’s in store for them? And please don’t couch your words in vague language that we mere mortals are unable to decipher, because if you were more direct we wouldn’t be in this predicament now.

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  • John2January 27, 2021 11:29 PM

    Explain how you arrived at 9 is all we can have

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

    It is very simple.

    The expert on life expectancy’s logic is applied to the numbers!!

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  • Then there’s this, no one should vote for a government that’s hellbent on keeping the black population at the bottom of the economic ladder…and actually believe they’ll get away with this in 2021..they just don’t care. Don’t beg them for what is yours. VOTE THEIR ASSES OUT…let the Social Parasites hire them.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/26/dont-shut-bajans-out-of-cannabis-biz/

    “Government is being urged to ensure Barbadians are included in its medicinal cannabis industry.

    Democratic Labour Party’s (DLP) spokesperson on health Courie Cox has appealed to Government to give nationals a discounted licence fee as well as financial support to allow them to take part fully in the fast-growing industry.”

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  • Village shops closed..

    Mia dun know that village shops don’t closed. Dem do more business at de side window.

    Ask John Moore…

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  • angela cox January 27, 2021 6:53 PM #: “Illness or disease their is no cure. Mia put the country and economy at high risk
    In that every year millions would have to be allocated for vaccine. Now at her eleventh hour to suffice she puts a strangle hold on small businesses.”

    Hmmm……

    Mottley said also included in the meeting were the president of the DLP and the opposition leader. From all reports, both Verla and Atherley endorsed ‘government’s’ decisions Mottley announced Tuesday night.

    I know you’ll ‘side step’ or ignore my question but, I’m going to ‘ask’ you anyhow. What are your thoughts about the situation now, since the DLP is essentially involved?

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  • Bush TeaJanuary 27, 2021 7:00 PM

    Bushie, if this is really you, wonderful to see that you are still with us. Please do not go from commenting, too valuable.

    Take Care

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  • WURA-War-on-UJanuary 27, 2021 4:52 PM ..it got cousin Boris unable to string a decent sentence together without a struggle,

    You are right that it has long term effects on some people, but wrong example. Boris could never string a sentence together, unless it was to show off his Latin.

    ”Ahmmmm…welll, errhh.. yes we really think..ahmm…errr, that we should implement…ahmmm”.

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  • Crusoe January 28, 2021 3:48 AM #: “Bush Tea January 27, 2021 7:00 PM: Bushie, if this is really you, wonderful to see that you are still with us. Please do not go from commenting, too valuable. Take Care.”

    @ Bushie

    I endorse Crusoe’s comments.

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  • I have warned before about allowing the village idiots to display their stupidity in an attempt to get cheap laughs.
    Here is a good example. It is not the only one.

    I said: “Third, how do poor people who have to depend on public transport to shop and get to government offices get about. One Barbadian-born, UK citizen, who spends every year in Barbados, was full of anxiety after the announcement. What should she do?…(Quote)

    Here is the blog’s buffoon in chief: “Hal at 10:29 a.m. “her annoying habit of trying to explain public health and scientific issues to the public which, of course, she believes she is better at doing than the specialists.”

    But earlier on this thread you suggested that the Governor General should have been the spokesperson at last night’s meeting. The GG is a lawyer too, just like Mia, so would the GG be any better at explaining or trying to explain public health and scientific issues to the public?”

    You also indicated that a Bajan born English friend of yours who resides in Barbados was confused after last night’s conference, did not know what to do etc.

    I visited a special needs cousin this morning as I had a parcel for her. I called before entering their yard. She came out searing her mask and waited until I had stepped back before moving forward to pick up the parcel.

    If a special needs woman can understand the protocols what is the matter with your friend that she cannot understand?

    The protocols are actually very easy to understand and very easy to follow. But your bad behaved British compatriots came here and deliberately flouted the rules….”

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  • @ Angela

    You are right about the mental and physical effects of CoVid. Doctors are still desperately searching for the long-term effects of the virus, that is why we now have Long-CoVid. Ity has only been around for ten months.
    What we do know at present is that it is a respiratory virus, but it also impacts the heart, liver and kidneys; it induces acute fatigue and long-term breathing problems.
    What we now call protocols ere introduced in the early days of the pandemic when doctors and scientists were not sure of how the virus was transmitted; the facial masks were a precaution, then they discovered that alcohol killed the virus, thus the sanitisers, and because of its aerosol spread, the social distance.
    However, the experts are still asking patients for symptoms of the disease, including the known ones such as taste, smell, etc, and even the after effects of the different brand of vaccines.
    Some public health England experts swear that the Oxford vaccine is preferable, while the most common one given to the public in the UK is the Pfizer one. Why?
    The experts and public are all learning together. There are still lots of questions to be asked, including the appeal to the Indian prime minister, who is yet to have a job. Why?
    Is the president offering up Barbadians as guinea pigs for Indian scientists? Which brand of vaccine did the president have?
    You are right to interrogate everything you are told. It should be noted that a large number of black people (Caribbean) in the UK are not taking the vaccine, and even those who do, such as myself, are not happy doing so.
    People have questions and the scientists are not answering them. We know very little about the new variants.

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