To BLP Administration: Re. Covid 19 protocols

Submitted by William Parker

I wish to congratulate the BLP government on their handling of the Covid 19 in 2020.

Now that the various “versions” of the original Virus has reached here and the infection rate and deaths are spiralling out of control it is apparent to some, including me, that the government has no answers and is reacting and not pro-acting.

I understand the need for the current lockdown and we all know that 2 weeks is just a start and it will be needed for a lot longer.

However the shutting on the mini marts and way side vendors leaves a lot of us bewildered as the logic behind it. In the area that I live R&R convenience, Mikes Mini Mart, EZ mini Mart and all the others are closed. These were locally owned shops where the poor, and not so poor, could get a little credit until the NIS cheque arrives, when the Post Office reopens, and walk a short distance home in the fresh air.

Now these people have to get an occasional bus to Massy in Oistins, and mix with those in the shop and be infected not only by the current shoppers but those who were there one or two hours ago. Are you telling us that it is safer for a person, who does not have a car, to catch a ZR and travel to Oistins to get a few items than to visit the corner shop?

The word that I have heard from more than one person is that in the last shut down the Major Supermarkets lost a lot of revenue because people switched to minimarts and a lot of way side vendors started. Is the way to make sure that the large foreign owned companies got more of the pie? It certainly seems so.

You have closed them on weekends so their overall sales will increase and their overheads will decrease. Bajans have been very good in following the new rules, and rightfully so, but there is a growing undercurrent of frustration and if the government is not careful there will be mass disobedience. This will hurt everyone. I hope that you can take a pause and consider the additional hardships you are causing a lot of Barbadians.

Thank you. I am a proud Bajan and supporter of the BL&P in the last few elections.

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  • @ angela cox February 28, 2021 7:30 AM

    RE: “A wise decision which has paid off dividends socially emotionally and yes financially.”

    Perhaps you may want to outline the social, emotional and financial dividends you’ve referred to.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @SS
    fyi…it is retired judge Frazer. Several of these retired judges are allowed/asked to work 3 months/yr to help with the load. We had another one working from the Turks (who also got vaccinated). There is such a backlog (maybe not as bad a s Bim) I really don’t care WHERE they work from, as long as they contribute to a system in need of help.
    Maybe this could be the next addition to the Welcome Stamp, retired Judges!!!

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  • Northern…don’t care how many retired judges or hired judges, they just ADDED 10 new ones, the situation at the Supreme Court gets PROGRESSIVELY WORSE…

    ….ya can’t get a judge to hand down a decision in SIMPLE, STRAIGHT FORWARD personal injury cases unmoving through the court for the last 10 YEARS or more…

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  • Northern..if ya play your cards right ya may get a gated community property for a song, Vuemont has a fire sale…..all the repulsive, racist snow birds are on the run.

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  • Thi9s evening, Tuesday, there will be a documentary on BB1 television called: Why Is CoVid Killing People of Colour, presented by actor David Harewood, himself of Barbadian heritage.
    It will be interesting. Some of you may remember that from the moment that figures were released on the large number of black and Asian people dying from CoVid, I had been saying at root was racism.
    I pointed out that doctors have enormous latitude in making choices: when to switch off life-saving machines; who to give limited supplies of oxygen to, etc.
    But in the UK, as for all social problems, the narrative soon took on a class aspect. Social problems cannot be discussed in the UK unless they are seen through the prism of class; they bend over backward to deny race has anything to do with social experience.
    Among the many stories told by Mr Harewood this evening, will be that 95 per cent of the doctors who have died from CoVid in the UK are non-white. Coincidence, unfortunate, fake news?
    No. It is because ill-equipped black staff (doctors, nurses, cleaners, etc) are put to work in the most dangerous places without proper uniform and for long hours, often under the threat of being sacked, while whites are given a choice.
    This brings us on to the vaccines, which our political and medical leaders are preaching like new converts, without the independent knowledge oar expertise.
    They get their information from CDC, WHO, PAHO, CNN etc then preach as if they are the experts. The big question is: why is it that all these people care so much about the lives of black people that they now want us all to take the CoVid vaccine.
    Answer: it is not to protect us, but if we live in the same societies as they then it is important that we take the vaccine in order TO PROTECT WHITE PEOPLE. Don’t be fooled. We are being used as guinea pigs.
    Remember, in the Tuskegee experiment it was a black nurse that persuaded those black men to take part; with Billie Holliday, it was a black FBI agent that nailed her. Who killed Malcolm X?.
    Doctors too can be traitors – real traitors.
    I will end with this. In the mid-1980s there was a riot on a North London hou8sing estate called Broadwater Farm. Shortly after a group of black men with dreadlocks moved on to the estate, who everyone thought were ‘conscious’ brothers there to help. They turned out to be undercover police.

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  • CA
    Now maybe u can explain to me why is it that some of those small island nations with open borders have smaller infection rates than Barbados whose borders remained open also

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  • Artax
    In my comments i said many times that Barbados should have closed its borders to hot spots
    Leave it to u to cherry pick a comment to make an argument fit your purpose
    Hence Grenada did and Barbados govt continue its reckless policy

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  • Bsrbados has a govt whose stubborn borne COVID policies now leads to community clusters found in families
    Yet we find political johnnies finding ways to attack those who have spoken against a reckless policy implemented by govt to leave borders open to hot spots
    Go figure

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  • ..this video gives more info…on Black death by racist doctors and nurses during covid….they killed this Black doctor.

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  • Commenters have tried to explain to you many times how Grenada dodged a bull et when there was the outbreak of covid at Sandals in December. As usual you are married to what in in your head.

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    @angela cox March 2, 2021 6:01 AM

    You and most people are not understanding the problem, focusing on the less important matters, keep asking the wrong questions and are constantly comparing apples to oranges.

    There are numerous factors affecting COVID prevalence in any country e.g. diet, lifestyle, exposure to sun, air quality, level of testing, availability of hydroxychloroquine/ivermectin/Vitamin D, comorbidity prevalence and the list goes on and on.

    It is less important to know how many people test positive but much more important to know how many are truly sick enough to warrant hospital level treatment. Testing positive means absolutely nothing unless you have symptoms. The PCR test cannot tell if the virus is dead or alive, only that your nose has viral fragments.

    The type of questions you and the reporters need to ask at these media briefings are
    1) How many of the positive cases we had so far needed hospital level care?
    2) List the environmental conditions under which our transmissions have been occurring?
    3) What early standard of care treatment protocols are we employing to reduce the likelihood of escalation in persons testing positive?

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  • @ angela cox March 2, 2021 6:30 AM

    RE: “In my comments i said many times that Barbados should have closed its borders to hot spots.”

    SO DID I. BU’s records would clearly indicate I’ve ‘said’ on SEVERAL OCCASIONS, ‘government’ should have CLOSED the BORDERS, especially when there were reports of a new variant of COVID-19 in the UK and South Africa at that time. In response the UK implement their Tier 4 COVID protocols.

    BU’s records would also indicate I’ve been critical of ‘government’s’ COVID-19 policies, including how the press conferences were initially structured and recalling Liz Thompson to coordinate a poorly established COVID Communications Unit.

    BU has an ‘archive,’ ask the Blogmaster/Chairman to post copies of those comments.

    RE: “Leave it to u to cherry pick a comment to make an argument fit your purpose.”

    Please EXPLAIN what I “cherry picked from your comments?”

    I quoted from your February 28, 2021 7:30 AM contribution re:

    (1). Grenada to open its Borders to tourism in April
    (2). Grenada closed its borders in december 2020 to ensure the safety of its people
    (3). A wise decision which has paid off dividends socially emotionally and yes financially

    And, responded to #s 1 & 2 (BOTH of which were QUESTIONABLE) and suggested “we could probably discuss this issue further,” while asking you a question on #3.

    The remainder of that particular contribution and those coming thereafter relative to Grenada, were meant to purposely MISLEAD the forum.
    Isn’t this an example of you being a “political johnnie, cherry picking information from the media, to make an argument fit your political purpose?”

    I’ll stand by my point. It isn’t a matter of people cannot or will not “discuss policy proposals” with you. It’s that you have a penchant for posting comments, as TRUTH, that are vague, questionable or misleading, ESPECIALLY if you BELIEVE those comments REFLECT NEGATIVELY upon Mottley and ‘government.’

    When pressed to be a bit more specific or it has been PROVEN your comments were actually MISLEADING, you instinctively resort to calling people derogatory names. In this instance, you’ve mentioned “political johnnies.”

    I’ll repeat. You are unable to have a rational discussion on BU, because of your ‘one dimensional approach’ to every issue from a perspective that’s politically biased. Your contextual interpretation of any comment is confined to politicizing it into a BLP versus DLP scenario or as a BLP motivated attack.

    What has me puzzled is, your one dimensional way of thinking is seen as intelligence, but attributed to others as a result of ‘learning by rote.’

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  • angela coxMarch 2, 2021 6:30 AM

    Artax
    In my comments i said many times that Barbados should have closed its borders to hot spots
    Leave it to u to cherry pick a comment to make an argument fit your purpose
    Hence Grenada did and Barbados govt continue its reckless policy

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    angela coxMarch 2, 2021 6:36 AM

    Bsrbados has a govt whose stubborn borne COVID policies now leads to community clusters found in families
    Yet we find political johnnies finding ways to attack those who have spoken against a reckless policy implemented by govt to leave borders open to hot spots

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    It’s all in the water … well mostly!!

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  • Hal AustinMarch 2, 2021 5:25 AM

    Thi9s evening, Tuesday, there will be a documentary on BB1 television called: Why Is CoVid Killing People of Colour,

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    Look at the make up of the at risk population.

    Look at things like heart disease, hypertension and especially lung function.

    I suspect that these NCD’s are prevalent.

    The thing that drives a body mad is they are often avoidable.

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  • @Quaaker John

    Don’t talk rubbish. We are looking at medical racism, not if black people like cricket which may be a cause of death.
    If you want to make your self happy toying about with nonsense, go ahead. I am talking about the valuing of black lives by the British medical establishment, even with their black colleagues.
    Google what you like, but this is the reality on the ground here.

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  • @ David

    It’s just a matter of Mariposa reading and ‘politically spinning’ the information.

    Yes, it is true that, so far, GND recorded 148 cases and one death as a result of COVID-19, which essentially means the virus was limited in its impact on Grenadians.

    GND initially CLOSED its borders to international flights on Sunday, March 22, 2020 after a 50 year old female arrived there from the UK on Monday, March 16, became sick the next day and tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. March 21.

    Under the new regulation for the limited State of Emergency, ‘government’ instituted a MANDATORY 24 hour curfew which was extended from April 6 until April 20, 2020. That meant citizens were further CONFINED to their homes for that 14 day period.

    By April 29, the island recorded 20 cases. The May 25, 2020 COVID-19 report indicated there were 23 positive cases, of which they were 18 recoveries and 5 remaining active. The June 18, 2020 report indicated a total recovery of the 23 cases recorded.

    Tourism accounts for 57% of GND’s economy and 80% of exports. During an address to the nation on June 28, PM Mitchell essentially told Grenadians keeping the borders closed was not a practical, long-term option, especially considering the importance of tourism to the economy.
    The ‘government’ was anxious to REOPEN the borders on August 1, 2020, but that decision was subsequently delayed until October 1, 2020.

    It is interesting to note COVID-19 cases increased from zero (0) when the borders were opened, to 43 by December 8, and to 69 (an increase of 26 new cases) on December 13.
    According to a statement from the health ministry, the cluster of 26 positive COVID-19 diagnosed cases originated from Sandals Grenada Resort and were detected through contact tracing.

    Despite GND’s strict travel protocols, by December 30, the island had recorded 127 cases of which they were 107 recoveries.

    In other words, between the period October 1 to December 30, 2020, GND’s COVID cases increased from zero (0) to 127.

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  • @NorthernObserver March 2, 2021 2:29 AM

    Thanks

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  • @Hal at 5:25 AM “Social problems cannot be discussed in the UK unless they are seen through the prism of class; they bend over backward to deny race has anything to do with social experience.”

    The it seems to me that the English Condition is even more poisonous than the Bajan condition. How can you stand it? And for so many decades too.

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  • CA
    Having said all of the above
    Why would govt continue a policy which in effect. would throw fuel to the fire
    That is where the burning questions are asked
    Throwing gasoline on a fire with an expectation that the fire would subside is called intellectual suicide
    Leaving the borders open to hiot spots is a reality infused into this problem which govt or no one can escaped or avoid

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  • @WURA-War-on-U March 2, 2021 4:20 AM “Northern…don’t care how many retired judges or hired judges, they just ADDED”

    Th referenced judge is NOT working for the Barbados court system.

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  • @Rabbit
    I promised to return, but the prosecution of nonsense adds validity to it.

    Reminds me of the dozen of scenarios that you proposed end of 2020 and early 2021.

    You are mixing up detection and infection, switching between desalination and waste water when it suits you and insinuating that covid-19 is being pushed through the pipes of Barbados.

    Have a great day.

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  • DavidMarch 2, 2021 7:21 AM

    Commenters have tried to explain to you many times how Grenada dodged a bull et when there was the outbreak of covid at Sandals in December. As usual you are married to what in in your head

    Xxcxccvvvvvvv

    Grenada took one of many corrective measures to stop the spread from getting out of control
    On the other hand Barbados continue its reckless policy of leaving its borders open to hot spots
    Deal with that issue and stop playing the role of a political psychologist

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  • Mari
    How long must we keep our borders closed? you were calling for them to be closed since last year.
    Since the out break in barbados how many infected arrivals did we have? infact how many arrivals did we have?

    Grenada had its borders opened to all the hot spots until they had a spike. When grenada open again next month the places that are hot spots now will still be hot spots then.

    Why grenada dont remain closed until covid blows over? Why will they open back up next month other than to grab at the tourist dollars?

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  • @NO
    From the G & M

    Here are two takeaways from Mr. Machin’s really bad week. First, Canadians are increasingly frustrated with the government’s response to the pandemic. Those with the means to do so are starting to act in their own best interest. That’s further fraying the social contract that holds this country together. Second, a furious response awaits those seen as somehow breaking the public trust. Just ask the otherwise smart guy who just lost one of the best jobs in finance
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    Just noticed that the Police have moved to the top of list in TO, can the Gov’ts both Federal and Provincial (Ontario) do worse?

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  • Grenada took ONE of MANY corrective measures to stop the spread from getting out of control
    On the other hand Barbados continue its reckless policy of leaving its borders open to hot spots
    Deal with that issue and stop playing the role of a political psychologist

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    And Barbados took none?
    Or just not the one you Want

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  • SargeantMarch 2, 2021 10:19 AM

    @NO
    From the G & M

    Here are two takeaways from Mr. Machin’s really bad week. First, Canadians are increasingly frustrated with the government’s response to the pandemic. Those with the means to do so are starting to act in their own best interest. That’s further fraying the social contract that holds this country together. Second, a furious response awaits those seen as somehow breaking the public trust. Just ask the otherwise smart guy who just lost one of the best jobs in finance
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    Just noticed that the Police have moved to the top of list in TO, can the Gov’ts both Federal and Provincial (Ontario) do worse?

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    Just tell them look in their water supply!!

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  • “Northern…don’t care how many retired judges or hired judges, they just ADDED”

    ..Thanks Cuddear…..check my posts on the Mia blog and you will see why they are in my head…wish you would add a comment to it…

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  • True or untrue
    Insulin for diabetics is out of stock on the 166 sq. miles
    Sources said restock would be in about two weeks
    True or untrue checking for a friend

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  • @ Angela

    If that is true is is careless. There is no world shortage of insulin.

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  • Bad that there is a shortage if true.
    maybe also be a good sign that the diabetics stocked up and keeping low

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  • Easing de pressha!

    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley last week announced the phased reopening of the country from March 1. In relation to beaches, people may exercise and get a sea bath between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., daily.

    The National Conservation Commission said in a brief statement that beaches will be supervised by lifeguards from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., daily.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Sarge
    we have mass hypocrisy on all sides of the aisle, both public and private. The TO Police union, is VERY powerful. No surprise. And the ‘front line worker’ card to play. Many people are doing their best to ‘jump the line’, but not admitting it. Normal human behaviour?

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  • NorthernObserver

    An interesting tidbit, largely because of whose mouth it emanated from. The context was locating funds to acquire vaccine doses.
    “The BEST stimulus programme is undersubscribed, with only a small percentage of qualifying entities, 44 at last count, taking up the offer,” DePeiza said. “The programme can be scaled down and a portion of the $300 million redeployed.”
    At some point we “may” find out, how much was actually subscribed, an of that, what was the compliance experience.

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  • Source said it has been about three weeks insulin out of stock
    The last time they tried to get it
    they and others were turned away
    Hope govt soon get this under control
    The elderly are the most at high risk those having underlying conditions like diabetics

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  • Heads of Government of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) announced the arrival of one hundred and twenty-five thousand (125,000) doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine donated by the Government and People of India.This shipment arrived at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua and Barbuda on Monday, 1 March 2021 around 8:30 am. It follows a previous shipment received less than 2 weeks ago by Barbados and Dominica (who received 70,000 doses, a significant portion of which was shared with other OECS Member States).
    Chairman of the Authority of the OECS, Prime Minister Hon Roosevelt Skerrit, and all of the Prime Ministers, have collectively and individually expressed their profound appreciation to the Government and People of India, and in particular to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for their generosity and solidarity in donating these vaccines.

    India has been one of the first G20 countries to donate vaccines to developing countries and it now has a list of over 100 countries awaiting supplies provided by India. The OECS Heads of Government committed that Member States will be leveraging their bilateral diplomatic relations as well as sharing critical resources to ensure that every Member State is equipped to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/02/covid-19-update-25-new-cases-109-recovered/
    Dashboard for Monday, March 1, 2021

    109 people discharged
    715 test results [positivity rate 3.49%]
    25 newly infected people
    552 people in isolation
    0 new deaths
    2,455 people were vaccinated on Monday
    41,125 people vaccinated as of Monday

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  • Singapore has found 25 cases of the UK variant since December 23rd.

    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-b117-uk-variant-south-africa-singapore-25-cases-14069952

    Practically all of its cases are imported with few days of community spread.

    Since May 2020, only 24 days when all of its new cases were community spread and not imported.

    Whatever they are doing the UK variant as contagious as it is reputed to be is not spreading there.

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  • It is crystal clear there is another mode of spreading the virus besides airborne/droplets.

    Commonsense says water.

    So what is MOH doing?

    Looking at the 11 hot spots in Barbados and wondering why families are so impacted.

    It’s the water, pure and simple.

    Where are the 11 hotspots?

    How are they related to districts supplied by the desal plant?

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/03/02/george-ministry-concerned-virus-spread-households/

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  • “So from this week, to stem community spread in at least 11 communities, public health officials are set to go into those “hotspots” conducting between 1 500 and 2 000 swabs per day, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George revealed last night.”

    For heaven’s sakes, just shut down the water to these communities and truck it in.

    My bet is it is the desal plant alone that is responsible.

    All other water sources have zoning restrictions protecting the wells.

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  • Hotspots scream water.

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  • The GOB and its officials are going to look like extremely callous, uncaring fools if it turns out the water being supplied to these communities is carrying the virus in.

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  • This information was available from March and April 2020 when they updated..

    “ABC News

    Research indicates that other coronavirus strains, such as SARS, can survive 12 days in room temperature tap water, two to three days in room temperature wastewater, and much longer in both at cooler temperatures, according to Dr. Ian Pepper, PhD, director of the University of Arizona Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center.

    The survival of coronaviruses in water prompted labs around the country to begin using sewage monitoring as a means of tracking COVID-19.

    MORE: As the US struggles with lack of coronavirus testing, researchers look to our sewage for clues
    Although infectious droplets may contaminate water and the virus has been detected in wastewater, experts agree that when it gets into large bodies of water — like lakes, rivers and oceans — the concentration of the virus would be so diluted that it would be difficult to contract it.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s no evidence that people can become infected through recreational swimming, and “the risk of COVID-19 transmission through water is expected to be low.”

    Tune into ABC at 1 p.m. ET and ABC News Live at 4 p.m. ET every weekday for special coverage of the novel coronavirus with the full ABC News team, including the latest news, context and analysis.

    “It is extraordinarily unlikely,” said Dr. William Schaffner, MD, professor of preventive medicine and infectious disease at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    We also know that tap water is safe, according to the CDC and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and that pools, hot tubs and other chlorinated water sources are not a concern because the chlorine in the water inactivates the virus by disrupting the virus’ outer layer.

    While experts agree it’s unlikely you will get infected with COVID-19 by recreational water activities, they did have another concern about resuming water activities: loosening social-distancing.

    Recreational water activities are naturally social; beaches get busy as warm weather draws crowds, friends huddle under large umbrellas and lay side-by-side on towels, and the social atmosphere lends itself to the impetus to share a beer or lemonade by the waterside. While we can feel fairly assured the water itself is safe, experts agreed many of the other activities that accompany a day at the pool or by the beach are not.

    A beach entrance is closed off along the boardwalk in Miami Beach, March 22, 2020.
    Dr. Benjamin Gewurz, MD, PhD, infectious disease physician and associate chair of the Harvard Graduate Program in Virology, emphasized that the primary mode of COVID-19 infection is still person-to-person transmission, and the primary reason to avoid a fun weekend by the water would be to maintain a safe distance from others who could be infected. This is particularly important since people can have COVID-19 and not show any symptoms.

    MORE: What to know about social distancing strategies amid coronavirus outbreak
    In updated advice released March 2020 by the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group, swimmers were advised to avoid swimming for now in efforts to practice social-distancing

    “As we begin opening back up society and take baby steps toward becoming more normal, I think social-distancing needs to be maintained,” Dr. Schaffner said.

    And skip sharing the drinks at the waterside.

    “I would worry about the risk of sharing a glass of water with someone else, even if they drink from a different section [of the glass],” said Dr. Gewurz. “Infectious coronavirus is detectable in oral secretions of people infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID 19, and I would worry that these could be spread through sharing a [beverage].”

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  • This info is old news, and has not changed.

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  • @Rabbit
    Not following you down that hole.
    Didn’t you have a March 4 prediction?

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  • WURA-War-on-UMarch 2, 2021 9:28 PM

    This info is old news, and has not changed.

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    Old news is just that, old news and it is fake news!!.

    Here is a scientific paper first published in October 2020 which I have posted at least twice before.

    3 weeks or more!!

    “This suggested that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is usually excreted in the stools of an infected person. A recent investigation demonstrated that the median lifespan of SARS-CoV-2 in the stool the specimens of the patients was up to 22 days (interquartile range of 17 and 31 days) (Zheng et al., 2020), which was remarkable longer than that of SARS-CoV-1 (only 4 days) (Lai et al., 2005). The study also indicated that SARS-CoV-2 can survive longer in the stool specimens (22 days, 17–31 days) than that in respiratory (18 days, 13–29 days) and serum (16 days, 11–21 days) ones (Zheng et al., 2020). In general, the faeces and urine from some COVID-19-infected patients are discharged into sewer systems and subsequently enter wastewater and sewage treatment systems/plants (Ahmed et al., 2020a; Collivignarelli et al., 2020; Qu et al., 2020). This can be considered as the primary route of SARS-CoV-2 transmission to water and wastewater (Barcelo, 2020; Collivignarelli et al., 2020; Chaudhry and Sachdeva, 2020) because SARS-CoV can remain its infectious in the tool specimens for >7 days at 20 °C (Lai et al., 2005). Schematic route of transmission for the SARS-CoV-2 virus is presented in Fig. 3 (Wigginton et al., 2015).”

    “Depending on the inoculum shed, the viruses can remain viable and infectious on surfaces (up to a few days) and in aerosols (for hours).”

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  • There is another possibility besides spread through drinking water.

    The sludge from the two sewage plants send up at Mount Stinkeroo!!

    Heavy rains cause surface runoff and very often Holetown floods.

    It ends up in the sea where it will survive as well!!

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  • “A recent investigation demonstrated that the median lifespan of SARS-CoV-2 in the stool the specimens of the patients was up to 22 days (interquartile range of 17 and 31 days) (Zheng et al., 2020), which was remarkable longer than that of SARS-CoV-1 (only 4 days) (Lai et al., 2005)”

    ALL VIRUSES ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL.

    WHOEVER MADE THIS ONE MADE IT TO STAY AROUND LONGER THAN THE FIRST!!

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  • If the theory of Richard Drax aka John Knox is correct, we should all shower only with mineral water for 5 BBD per liter. That will be really expensive. Fortunately, this does not affect my grand swimming pool. There’s so much chlorine in it, I could kill half of Bridgetown with it.

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  • If it is the desal plant, lock it down.

    There is still 44 million gallons per day available,

    If it is the desal plant, it will feed various reservoirs.

    It may be one in particular is getting the crud.

    If that is the case the 11 or more hotspots will have one thing in common.

    If a few hotspots are out of the supplied area, chances are the infected in those areas will have picked it up from one in a grouping of hot spots.

    So what to do if it is from one … or two reservoirs fed by the desal plant?

    Lock down the desal plant and dump whatever water is in the offending reservoir(s).

    Disinfect …. can use UV a la Donald Trump.

    Alternatively, if Donald Trump is verboden, wait five weeks or so for the virus to die in the reservoir(s).

    Refill from sources other than the desal plant.

    If necessary, ration but probably not necessary.

    According to the internet the desal plant supplies 17% so inconvenience may be minor.

    Best case scenario for us is if it is the desal plant.

    There are then straightforward solutions.

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  • Worth researching for accuracy…but this is known to happen in TRIALS and yes, some people who took the vaccine in Barbados are getting violently ill but as usual the skunks are covering it up.

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  • “Depending on the inoculum shed, the viruses can remain viable and infectious on surfaces (up to a few days) ”

    “The coronavirus can live for hours to days on surfaces like countertops and doorknobs. How long it survives depends on the material the surface is made from”

    even that is in doubt…some scientists are not so sure…

    since I don’t drink waste or sewage water, am going with the first determination….ALL water should be BOILED…Barbados’ water is very inferior especially of later it’s extremely dirty when distilled, you see it at that bottom….it should be boiled anyway…anyone drinking that water straight from a tap is taking their lives in their hands…ya more likely to get another disease from dirty water than Covid.

    that’s what neglecting infrastructure causes, leaving pipes over a hundred years underground to deteriorate is the catalyst…hope they change all soon..

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/03/covid-19-update-23-new-cases-54-recovered-one-death/
    Dashboard for Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    54 people discharged
    742 test results [positivity rate 3.09%]
    23 newly infected people
    520 people in isolation
    1 new death
    2,097 people were vaccinated on Tuesday
    43,235 people vaccinated in total

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  • What do you mean by it is dirty when distilled?

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  • If the water is clear when u get it from the tap and then leaves after “evaporation” ( usually in the bottoms of kettles) it is probably the calcium from disolved limestone

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  • if it is dirty from old pipes then you should be able to notice it before any heating.

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  • @WURA-War-on-U March 3, 2021 8:07 AM “Worth researching for accuracy…but this is known to happen in TRIALS and yes, some people who took the vaccine in Barbados are getting violently ill…”

    How do you know this? A request for vaccine reactions was published only on Monday. It is unlikely that all or even most of the responses are in.

    Are you making up things as usual?

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  • There is no evidence vaccine takers have gotten ill except for the usual symptoms. What we know is that there is a high demand to be vaccinated.

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  • Cuhdear BajanMarch 3, 2021 7:12 PM

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/03/covid-19-update-23-new-cases-54-recovered-one-death/
    Dashboard for Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    54 people discharged
    742 test results [positivity rate 3.09%]
    23 newly infected people
    520 people in isolation
    1 new death
    2,097 people were vaccinated on Tuesday
    43,235 people vaccinated in total

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

    How come the dashboard does not say where the cases have occurred?

    Not even by parish?

    How many occurred in St. Thomas up your side, or St. Lucy, or St. Philip etc.?

    No deaths in Singapore since November 29th 2020 even though the supposedly deadly UK strain was detected there on 23rd December 2020.

    Maybe the strain only affects black people as alleged in the various theories floating around.

    23 new cases yesterday, same as Barbados but in a population of 5.7 million, about 20 times as large.

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  • Up to yesterday, Singapore had done 7,543,963 tests!!

    Think about it, the population is about 5.7 million so it seems they have tested everybody and are now going around again!!

    So far 59,979 cases.

    Less than 1% of the tests are positive.

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  • Sure seems to be the gold standard.

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  • Bermuda doing well too, 12 deaths to date, 713 cases and 174,638 tests.

    Bermuda seems to be doing something right.

    “The primary source of water is rainwater collected by roof catchments followed by private and public supply wells. As there is little manufacturing in Bermuda, the predominant use of water is for domestic purposes and for services related to the tourism industry.”

    It also has desal plants.

    Pretty difficult for sewage to get on top a roof!!

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  • RAINFALL
    Bermuda receives an annual rainfall of over 1500mm per year – and there’s no “winter” or “rainy” season in Bermuda. It rains all year round! There are rainy days every single month with an average of five inches falling every month – though in recent years there have been some freakishly high monthly averages recorded.

    Bermuda locals know they should take a raincoat wherever they go. This propensity for rain is part of what makes Bermuda so lush and green – as well as being the primary source of fresh water for the island.

    But how does Bermuda capture this rainfall?

    When you’ve looked at pictures of Bermuda, have you ever noticed the unique and beautiful roofs on Bermuda houses and buildings? They’re painted white, and they’re a signature of the island’s architectural heritage.

    These roofs are more than just a pretty face though – they catch the rain! The secret lies in an innovative method that was pioneered over 400 years ago.

    The roofs have a special design where the limestone they’re made from creates the “steps” of a shallow pyramid. This slows down the flow of rainwater as it falls and then it’s funneled into an underground tank. The white color serves a special purpose, too. It reflects ultra-violet light, which helps to purify the water as it’s being collected.

    The technique harkens back to the time of the first settlers who had the idea to create paved terraces to catch the rainwater. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all, and without this clever idea, it would have been much harder to survive on the island.

    This tradition quickly moved to rooftops and now it’s enshrined in law. Almost all roofs must be built in this manner (though many new constructions use concrete instead of limestone). The houses must also have an underground tank to store the captured water.

    For the system to work, 80% of the roof needs to have adequate guttering and the storage tanks must have a capacity of at least 100 gallons for every 10 feet of roof space.

    The limestone roofs also help to keep Bermuda buildings cool. Not only is this resourceful but also good for the environment. Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of California have shown that a 1,000 square foot area of a rooftop painted white has about the same one-time impact on curbing global warming as cutting 10 tons of CO2 emissions.

    When you combine the water-thriftiness that many Bermuda households practice with the climate research, this rainwater collection system makes the Bermuda rooftops not just practical, but sustainable as a good, clean renewable resource, as well.

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  • So, what about de tourisses from England?

    Seems they can come once COVID free and willing to be quarantined.

    https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-travellers

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  • If the so called deadly and highly contagious UK strain is getting to Bermuda, it just isn’t spreading …. like Singapore.

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  • “Why are the roofs in Bermuda white?

    It turns out they are designed this way to harvest rain. The steps slow down heavy rainfall helping the gutters to collect the water and store it in a tank under the house. … It’s still white, because this reflects ultra-violet light from the sun, which also helps to purify the water. Dec 23, 2016”

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  • Seems like Trump was right about dis UV ting.

    Stable Genius!!

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  • DavidMarch 3, 2021 9:29 PMThere is no evidence vaccine takers have gotten ill except for the usual symptoms. What we know is that there is a high demand to be vaccinated.

    Bajans probably heard, that contrary to the other GP’s prognostications, COVID can make men impotent. So without the vaccine you may have ammunition, but no gun to fire it with.

    Better get the vaccine and hope the ammunition is still live after.

    Haha.

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  • JohnMarch 4, 2021 6:57 AM Seems like Trump was right

    Good gosh nah man. He still giving you a thrill? He bess not come bout here, or the way you sounding on and on, you may want to show him what a Caribbean Big Bamboo is. But then, he might like it.

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  • @ John March 4, 2021 6:57 AM
    “Seems like Trump was right about dis UV ting.

    Stable Genius!!”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Don’t be a red Johnny being ridden by an albino jackass called Trump!!

    You are taking your Trump idolatry to the bitter end of insanity to make Satan concerned about his future as the Emperor of Evil.

    UV radiation has been around since the dawn of time.

    Why do you think it is said that the Sun’s light is the best Disinfectant?

    Why do you think ‘European’ albinos like you are so afraid of the Sun but cannot do without it by spending any amount of money to be exposed to the same “UV ting” whether on a tropical beach in direct sun worshipping or, religiously, under the ‘imitation’ light on a sun tanning bed?

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  • The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out the National Insurance Scheme’s (NIS) unemployment fund, the social security fund’s chief declared Wednesday but she sought to assure that Barbadians who qualify for the benefit won’t be adversely affected.

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  • CrusoeMarch 4, 2021 7:15 AM

    DavidMarch 3, 2021 9:29 PMThere is no evidence vaccine takers have gotten ill except for the usual symptoms. What we know is that there is a high demand to be vaccinated.

    Bajans probably heard, that contrary to the other GP’s prognostications, COVID can make men impotent. So without the vaccine you may have ammunition, but no gun to fire it with.

    Better get the vaccine and hope the ammunition is still live after.

    Haha.

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

    You realise of course that the birth rate in Barbados has been falling suggesting either that men are shooting blanks or women are too obese to conceive … or both.

    The fall in birth rate has been occurring for decades.

    Perhaps its in the water!!

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  • There is a thriving fertility clinic here helping couples to conceive.

    https://barbadosivf.com/

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  • 90 per cent of CoVid deaths around the world involved obese victims.

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  • … and we have obese politicians making decisions thinking they may be next.

    Doesn’t make for rational dispassionate thought.

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  • China has now made anal swabs mandatory for foreigners.

    No doubt the thinking is that the virus will be found long before symptoms develop and the authorities can quickly have the foreigner on a plane back out.

    https://nypost.com/2021/03/03/china-makes-covid-19-anal-swabs-mandatory-for-foreigners/

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  • Another country that has not only few cases (30) but also zero deaths is Greenland.

    Its population is 56,836 and it has done 18,924 tests of which 30 were positive.

    That’s about 0.15%.

    They get their water from lakes and rivers.

    Surface water but probably in areas where there is no sewage.

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  • There is no spread in Greenland.

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  • With a shortfall of NIS also an aging population
    I believe Mottley would soon be able to use the Nis problem to put forward a policy of increased immigration for the county
    One that is tabled on what have been ssid previously by past administrations pertaining to a low birth rate in Barbados
    These two combined can be strategically outlined to the people as necessary foundations to help finance the NIS problen
    However the downside being that the country production level is very low to include more immigrants

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  • @ Angela

    You are right. That is why there is talk about increasing the population by 80000; it is the kind of lazy thinking that will appeal to the president.
    It is based on elementary pensions reasoning. In a pay-as-you-go state pensions system, the generation in work pay national insurance that goes towards the pensions of the retired.
    But if the retired are more than the working population there is a potential crisis, called the demographic time-bomb in the jargon. There is also an associated spin off related to economic growth. Ignore that.
    It is flawed thinking. I have said on numerous occasions that what is really needed is a radical overhaul of the entire system.

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  • Our Corona figures have stabilized at a very low level. All old and vulnerable people are vaccinated.

    Our government must now govern with a cool head and not give in to the radical opposition that wants to seal off our island for generations and turn it into a kind of North Korean concentration camp in the Caribbean.

    We should urgently prepare for our British guests. Those who have been vaccinated twice and can prove a negative test should be allowed to enter WITHOUT quarantine. It would be totally irrational, even RACIST, to terrorize tourists here even further by quarantine, as the nationalist-socialist opposition would like.

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  • TronMarch 4, 2021 6:09 PM

    Our Corona figures have stabilized at a very low level. All old and vulnerable people are vaccinated.

    Our government must now govern with a cool head and not give in to the radical opposition that wants to seal off our island for generations and turn it into a kind of North Korean concentration camp in the Caribbean.

    We should urgently prepare for our British guests. Those who have been vaccinated twice and can prove a negative test should be allowed to enter WITHOUT quarantine. It would be totally irrational, even RACIST, to terrorize tourists here even further by quarantine, as the nationalist-socialist opposition would like.

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

    We could also insist on the old anal swab as well.

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  • John

    The only person i that need an anal swab is you. Using a cactus as the swab

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  • You wouldn’t believe who got the vaccine after killing hundred of thousands with his nonsense.

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  • Also going forward barbados would need much more than a one time financial approach for vaccine
    Wouldn’t expect private enterprise to foot that bill annually
    Hence giving Mia another reason for a call of expanding the immigration policy wherby a policy designed to collect more taxes
    However the downside being that one of insufficient jobs to handle a massive increase of immigrants

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  • Also going forward barbados would need much more than a one time financial approach for vaccine
    Wouldn’t expect private enterprise to foot that bill annually
    Hence giving Mia another reason for a call of expanding the immigration policy wherby a policy designed to collect more taxes
    However the downside being that one of insufficient jobs to handle a massive increase of immigrants

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  • I think it is imperative to postpone the elections to 2025 or better to 2030 because of the pandemic.

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  • “Are you making up things as usual?”

    are you saying that PEOPLE WHO SAID THEY GOT ILL ARE LYING?

    not everyone responds to medication, food or anything else the same way…..besides, other people got ill from vaccines around the world, so what would make Barbados so special when they did not develop the vaccine and HOLD NO PATENT FOR IT…oh, i forgot, yall didn’t have community spread either, and you didn’t believe there was…. so i don’t know why the hell ya even need a vaccine for….steuppps.

    ya have a government known for lying and covering up and ya so intelligent, ya believe everything they put out there….

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  • TheOGazertsMarch 4, 2021 7:28 PM

    You wouldn’t believe who got the vaccine after killing hundred of thousands with his nonsense.

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

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  • https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/covid-19-update-23-new-cases-45-recoveries/

    45 people discharged
    720 test results [positivity rate 3.19%]
    23 newly infected people
    498 people in isolation
    0 new deaths
    1,609 people were vaccinated on Wednesday
    44,859 people vaccinated as of Wednesday 3 March, 2021

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  • @Cuhdear BajanMarch 4, 2021 10:57 PM

    Thank you for your numbers. Our beloved government is on the right track.

    Thank you, Mia Mottley! We are already looking forward to the cash flow from the many British tourists from Easter on.

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  • Cuddear…still waiting for you to comment on the other Mia blog, it’s still open, so why are you avoiding it.

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  • So long as there are new cases there will almost certainly be future deaths.

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  • JohnMarch 5, 2021 4:50 AM

    Yesterday

    Singapore New Cases = 19, New Deaths = 0, Total Deaths = 29, Total Cases = 59,998
    New Zealand New Cases = 5, New Deaths = 0, Total Deaths = 26, Total Cases = 2,389
    Australia New Cases = 11, New Deaths = 0, Total Deaths = 909, Total Cases = 29,007
    Dominica, New cases = 0, New Deaths = 0 , Total deaths = 0, Total Cases = 144
    Bermuda, New Cases = 5, New Deaths = 0, Total Deaths = 12, Total Cases = 718
    Greenland New Cases = 1, New Deaths = 0, Total Deaths = 0, Total Cases = 31
    Grenada New Cases = 0, New Deaths = 0, Total Deaths = 1, Total Cases = 148
    St. Vincent New Cases = 0 New Deaths = 0, Total Deaths = 8, Total Cases = 1,645
    Iceland
    etc.
    etc.
    etc.

    They all have one thing in common.

    NO SEWAGE IN DRINKING WATER!!

    They accomplish it in three ways.

    Technology – Singapore, New Zealand, Australia
    Nature – Dominica, Greenland, Grenada, St. Vincent
    Roof collection – Bermuda

    I can add others if you like.

    The desal plant is the obvious culprit here.

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  • Learn from the countries that have the spread locked down.

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  • Cuhdear, John 2!

    🎵How could you use a poor [cactus] so! 🎶

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