Barbados: in the Grip of a Pandemic

The New Yorker

Recent COVID 19 Dashboards reflect a global picture, one of rising infections caused mainly by the Delta variant. Unfortunately because Barbados does not exist in a fishbowl, our tiny island is being ravaged by the the coronavirus. Given the perilous state of the economy before the pandemic struck, Barbadians should expect a period of economic hardship for the next many years, ten, twenty …it is left to be seen. We will probably be told differently very soon with 2023 rapidly approaching.

It is regrettable the one advantage our island has compared to larger countries we continue to squander. Come together, agree to a way forward , inspire residents to rally behind a sensible plan AND EXECUTE. Instead we see the same old, political opportunism, high class ignorance and panic.

Covid 19 Dashboard 1/9/2021

The blogmaster is hopeful this blog can be used to record constructive suggestions to help onlookers negotiate the ongoing Covid 19 challenge, now and in the long-term. To repeat – the blogmaster is hopeful.

One thing is for certain, it is going to be a bleak Christmas.

439 comments

  • @ Miller September 10, 2021 7:58 AM

    Augusto Pinochet saved Chile by introducing a liberal, open market economy. Today, Chile is the richest and best-governed country in South America.

    We should indeed take Chile as a model. We need Chicago Boys who will scrap the sclerotic local socialism and finally carry out the second emapncipation of the black masses. In my opinion, they too have the right to become successful businessmen instead of continuing to exist as impoverished dependent workers.

    The struggle for liberalism is a struggle for the black masses. Those who cling to Barrow´s tropical socialism want to subjugate the black masses.

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  • Nobody trying to follow you down your rabbit hole, more like it!

    So…. you post a video about Biden and vaccine mandates and conclude that 78m people could not have voted for him.

    At this point an honest GP would jump out and offer his favourite rebuttal, “NON SEQUITUR!”

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  • @ Miller September 10, 2021 11:57 AM #: “Let’s dub him ‘Advisor’ especially on all matters involving fractions, percentages, decimals and ratios which even your 11plus son or daughter can figure out.”

    There you go misrepresenting the truth again.

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  • @ Tron September 10, 2021 12:11 PM
    (Quote):
    The struggle for liberalism is a struggle for the black masses. Those who cling to Barrow´s tropical socialism want to subjugate the black masses. (Unquote).
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    By making such a statement aren’t you, accidentally, shooting your self in the foot by putting it in your mouth with your obsequiously ‘feign’ encomiums about your Supreme leader?

    Isn’t your idolatrous goddess a dedicated disciple of the same “Barrow’s tropical socialism”?

    Why the dogged commitment to the subsidizing of goods and services and the retention and protection of the unrealistic parity between the Bajan Mickey mouse dollar and the Greenback now turning yellow?

    Why not be a true market liberal like Pinochet and let the Bajan $ ‘float’ to its real market value?

    Now that would clearly put the economic cat among the financial pigeons to really liberate the Bajan masses from their current cage of dependency on the Barrow-inspired welfare state funded by soaking the poor with indirect taxes to trick the same poor with handouts from politicians.

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  • @MTA
    surely you have missed Trons calls for Devaluation?

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  • @ Miller September 10, 2021 1:17 PM

    My criticism is only directed at the advisers, but never at our democratically elected Cabinet Ministers and certainly not at our Supreme Leader.

    Our Supreme Leader has only bad advisers, namely Greendidge, Persaud and Sinckler. She herself is open to rational argument. Our Supreme Leader must indeed become a strongwoman and succeed the great Augusto Pinochet in the history books.

    @ NorthernObserver September 10, 2021 1:26 PM

    Of course we need a “monetary reform”. The transformation to a republic would be the right occasion to “reform” the value of our so-called currency.

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  • re Nobody trying to follow you down your rabbit hole, more like it!

    So…. you post a video about Biden and vaccine mandates and conclude that 78m people could not have voted for him.

    At this point an honest GP would jump out and offer his favourite rebuttal, “NON SEQUITUR!”

    ACTUALLY an honest GP CANNOT jump out and offer his favourite rebuttal, “NON SEQUITUR” BECAUSE IT IS NOT A NON SEQUITUR, FOR IT IS VERY CLEAR FROM THE EVIDENCE THAT 78m people could not have voted for BIDEN, IN THE PAST (AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINING) , THE PRESENT (IT IS NOW) OR FUTURE ( AND EVER SHALL BE )

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  • ” Hours before one of its busiest periods, the stalls at the Bay Garden Complex are closed, following reports of COVID-19 cases among vendors and staff of the National Conservation Commission who oversee the property. “

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  • @John September 10, 2021 4:46 AM “Here is Biden on mandatory vaccinations in December 2020!!”

    A week in politics is a long time. 9 month in politics in a pandemic is an eternity.

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  • NorthernObserverSeptember 10, 2021 11:58 AM

    @ac
    Brown is on the verge of being unable to pay Antigua’s public employees.
    Xxxxx
    Oops my bad Antigua also stuck in my head
    The small island sharing generosity is Grenada

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  • September 10, 2021, 1582 tests done, 108 new cases including 23 children. Positivity rate 6.82%
    September 9, 2021, 1387 tests done, 78 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 5.62%
    September 8, 2021, 1373 tests done, 87 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 6.33%
    September 7, 2021, 1303 tests done, 69 new cases including 20 children. Positivity rate 5.29%
    September 6, 2021, 1118 tests done, 68 new cases including 7 children. Positivity rate 6.08%
    September 5, 2021, 2827 tests done, 101 new cases including 26 children. Positivity rate 3.57%
    September 4, 2021, 2139 tests done, 65 new cases including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.03%.
    September 3, 2021, 1557 tests done, 31 new cases including 6 children. Positivity rate 1.99%.
    September 2, 2021, 2544 tests done, 80 new cases, including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.14%.
    September 1, 2021, 1665 tests done, 40 new cases including 11 children. 1 death. Positivity rate 2.40%.

    690 people are in isolation.

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  • Wuh happening in St. Vincent

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  • It does not follow at all that because Biden is “a useless piece of shit” who made certain statements regarding vaccine mandates that 78m people could not have voted for him.

    You could talk all the crap you like. but Donna knows what a non sequitur is. The non sequitur has NOTHING TO DO WITH WHETHER OR NOT THEY DID VOTE FOR HIM.

    IT SIMPLY MEANS THAT IT DOES NOT FOLLOW FROM THE “EVIDENCE” PRESENTED ABOVE.

    USELESS PIECES OF SHIT ARE VOTED IN QUITE OFTEN.

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  • What I said was that if someone actually believed Biden got 78 million votes they would need to have their head examined.

    It is all in the mind!!!

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  • GP TRAINED MEDICAL DOCTOR

    RE A week in politics is a long time. 9 month in politics in a pandemic is an eternity.

    NOT SURE IF THIS OFFER HAS OUGHT TO DO WITH 2 PETER 3 V9 OR PSALM 90 WHOM PETER CITES…….BUT WHAT IS VERY CLEAR AND INTERESTING IS THAT BIDEN IS SO OBVIOUSLY BOUND FOR HEAVEN AS HIS “”ETERNITY”” IN OFFICE HAS BEEN SO PERFECT, THAT NAUGHT IS SAID ABOUT HIS BRILLIANT NON PERORMANCE ON BU.

    WE OUGHT NOT TO CALL THIS HERO A PIECE OF SHIT, AS HE IS MORE LIKE DIARRHOEA, WHICH WAS ONCE DEFINED BY ONE OF MY TEACHERS AS “”THE TOO FREQUENT PASSAGE OF THE TOO FLUID STOOL””.

    IT SEEMS THAT IN EVERY RESPECT ALL OF HIS Na+K+ATPase dependent pumps are dysfunctional.

    AND THIS CAN NOT BE REFUTED.

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  • There is wasting of resources, all these people getting tested are they opting for the vaccine if their tests come back negative or are they waiting for another outbreak or a future contact tracing to be tested again?

    According to the data submitted by “Cuhdear” approx. 17,000 persons tested up to September 10th with approx. 700 positive, if they can find their way to be tested they can find their way to vaccine centres or they may prefer to play Russian roulette with a loaded gun.

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  • @ Sargeant September 10, 2021 8:18 PM

    All this testing is turning more and more into total madness. Our government should rather put the scarce resources into the vaccination campaign and lock up the BAMP president.

    Our government should simply let all fatties with pre-existing conditions and all unvaccinated people die. It’s their own fault because they eat too much or don’t want to get vaccinated.

    WHY should we keep people alive who want to kill themselves???

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  • @ angela cox September 10, 2021 5:53 PM

    They are an unvaccinated wild mob. Obviously, emancipation has not done them any good.

    Unfortunately, we are now in a similar situation after the wild, brutal and violent mob spread the disease across the country from the inner city in August. I would not be surprised if soon some people take up arms to defend themselves against the unvaccinated.

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  • Has it ever dawned on you that unvaccinated persons who have already had COVID are better protected than any vaccinated person.

    Why get vaccinated if you have the antibodies in you for free!!

    …. and they are all natural too, made by your own personal body, made and given to you for free by God Almighty.

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  • September 11, 2021, 1338 tests done, 85 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 6.35 %
    September 10, 2021, 1582 tests done, 108 new cases including 23 children. Positivity rate 6.82%
    September 9, 2021, 1387 tests done, 78 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 5.62%
    September 8, 2021, 1373 tests done, 87 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 6.33%
    September 7, 2021, 1303 tests done, 69 new cases including 20 children. Positivity rate 5.29%
    September 6, 2021, 1118 tests done, 68 new cases including 7 children. Positivity rate 6.08%
    September 5, 2021, 2827 tests done, 101 new cases including 26 children. Positivity rate 3.57%
    September 4, 2021, 2139 tests done, 65 new cases including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.03%.
    September 3, 2021, 1557 tests done, 31 new cases including 6 children. Positivity rate 1.99%.
    September 2, 2021, 2544 tests done, 80 new cases, including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.14%.
    September 1, 2021, 1665 tests done, 40 new cases including 11 children. 1 death. Positivity rate 2.40%.

    719 people are in isolation.

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  • 891 people received 1st vaccines yesterday

    At this rate about 138,000 will have received first vaccines by the end of this month.

    And by Independence Day maybe 192,000 people will have been vaccinated. If the government makes vaccines compulsory for school children as ALL Barbados governments traditionally have done, and as government should now; by Independence the number of vaccinated people should be well over 200,000

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  • A 66-year-old Barbadian woman is the 52nd person to die from COVID-19. She passed away on Friday, at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility. She was unvaccinated

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  • @ Cuhdear Bajan September 11, 2021 4:43 PM

    Vaccination is our salvation.

    Anyone who opposes the vaccination campaign in public is in breach of the Corona emergency legislation and may be committing manslaughter by negligence.

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  • @ Cuhdear Bajan September 11, 2021 4:43 PM

    With Independence Day, we should move to only allowing vaccinated people on our island. Canada, for example, does the same. Similarly, we should restrict participation in public life to vaccinated people. Several CARICOM members are already doing this.

    The question then remains what happens to the 50000-80000 local refuseniks. Will they all have to wear Rasta hats and Rasta braids or yellow veils so that the vaccinated can more easily recognise them as disease carriers? Or wouldn’t it be better for our government to expropriate Lord Drax in order to set up an internment camp on his plantation? Or should they go to the asylum in Black Rock?

    We cannot stand by forever while a radical minority contaminates the island for highly selfish and irrational reasons. If the winter season in the tourism industry fails, we are screwed. Our government must clearly prioritise the common good of the economy over the non-existent rights of a radical minority.

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  • Blah, blah, blah…

    NON SEQUITUR!

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  • Oh, and I forgot the other one.

    Blah, blah, blah…..

    STILL NON SEQUITUR!

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  • @John September 11, 2021 9:54 AM “Why get vaccinated if you have the antibodies in you for free!!”

    Why don’t you ask this question of the 4,638,502 people who have died of Covid19, and of the 225,099,855 who have been sickened by it?

    Although it seems to me the “free anti-bodies” thingy didn’t work out too well for them.

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  • I don’t need to ask the 225,099.855 people who have been sickened by it because it is a scientific fact they have antibodies in them circulating for free as a result of contracting COVID.

    You should ask yourself if it is possible that there are 225,099,855 people out there who know of this scientific fact and have decided not to have the so called vaccination.

    The answer may help you relax, if you are prepared to accept it!!!

    Accept it or not, many will not see the need for vaccination.

    … and remember, the testing only catches a small fraction of those infected.

    So it is quite possible that the vast majority of living people in the world already have antibodies running around inside of them protecting them from future infections of COVID.

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  • Some will decide to take the vaccine, some will not.

    I guess if you are suggesting to me to go ask a bunch of dead people a question you are not going to understand this simple fact in any hurry!!

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  • Besides, some so called vaccinated people are also dying from COVID too!!

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  • September 12, 2021, 2100 tests done, 62 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 2.95 %
    September 11, 2021, 1338 tests done, 85 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 6.35 %
    September 10, 2021, 1582 tests done, 108 new cases including 23 children. Positivity rate 6.82%
    September 9, 2021, 1387 tests done, 78 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 5.62%
    September 8, 2021, 1373 tests done, 87 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 6.33%
    September 7, 2021, 1303 tests done, 69 new cases including 20 children. Positivity rate 5.29%
    September 6, 2021, 1118 tests done, 68 new cases including 7 children. Positivity rate 6.08%
    September 5, 2021, 2827 tests done, 101 new cases including 26 children. Positivity rate 3.57%
    September 4, 2021, 2139 tests done, 65 new cases including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.03%.
    September 3, 2021, 1557 tests done, 31 new cases including 6 children. Positivity rate 1.99%.
    September 2, 2021, 2544 tests done, 80 new cases, including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.14%.
    September 1, 2021, 1665 tests done, 40 new cases including 11 children. 1 death. Positivity rate 2.40%.

    697 people are in isolation.

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  • September 13, 2021, 1328 tests done, 78 new cases including 22 children. Positivity rate 5.8 %
    September 12, 2021, 2100 tests done, 62 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 2.95 %
    September 11, 2021, 1338 tests done, 85 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 6.35 %
    September 10, 2021, 1582 tests done, 108 new cases including 23 children. Positivity rate 6.82%
    September 9, 2021, 1387 tests done, 78 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 5.62%
    September 8, 2021, 1373 tests done, 87 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 6.33%
    September 7, 2021, 1303 tests done, 69 new cases including 20 children. Positivity rate 5.29%
    September 6, 2021, 1118 tests done, 68 new cases including 7 children. Positivity rate 6.08%
    September 5, 2021, 2827 tests done, 101 new cases including 26 children. Positivity rate 3.57%
    September 4, 2021, 2139 tests done, 65 new cases including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.03%.
    September 3, 2021, 1557 tests done, 31 new cases including 6 children. Positivity rate 1.99%.
    September 2, 2021, 2544 tests done, 80 new cases, including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.14%.
    September 1, 2021, 1665 tests done, 40 new cases including 11 children. 1 death. Positivity rate 2.40%.

    738 people are in isolation.

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  • September 14, 2021, 1771 tests done, 69 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 3.89%
    September 13, 2021, 1328 tests done, 78 new cases including 22 children. Positivity rate 5.8 %
    September 12, 2021, 2100 tests done, 62 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 2.95 %
    September 11, 2021, 1338 tests done, 85 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 6.35 %
    September 10, 2021, 1582 tests done, 108 new cases including 23 children. Positivity rate 6.82%
    September 9, 2021, 1387 tests done, 78 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 5.62%
    September 8, 2021, 1373 tests done, 87 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 6.33%
    September 7, 2021, 1303 tests done, 69 new cases including 20 children. Positivity rate 5.29%
    September 6, 2021, 1118 tests done, 68 new cases including 7 children. Positivity rate 6.08%
    September 5, 2021, 2827 tests done, 101 new cases including 26 children. Positivity rate 3.57%
    September 4, 2021, 2139 tests done, 65 new cases including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.03%.
    September 3, 2021, 1557 tests done, 31 new cases including 6 children. Positivity rate 1.99%.
    September 2, 2021, 2544 tests done, 80 new cases, including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.14%.
    September 1, 2021, 1665 tests done, 40 new cases including 11 children. 1 death. Positivity rate 2.40%.

    735 people are in isolation.

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  • September 15, 2021, 1710 tests done, 124 new cases including 21 children. Positivity rate 7.25%
    September 14, 2021, 1771 tests done, 69 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 3.89%
    September 13, 2021, 1328 tests done, 78 new cases including 22 children. Positivity rate 5.8 %
    September 12, 2021, 2100 tests done, 62 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 2.95 %
    September 11, 2021, 1338 tests done, 85 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 6.35 %
    September 10, 2021, 1582 tests done, 108 new cases including 23 children. Positivity rate 6.82%
    September 9, 2021, 1387 tests done, 78 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 5.62%
    September 8, 2021, 1373 tests done, 87 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 6.33%
    September 7, 2021, 1303 tests done, 69 new cases including 20 children. Positivity rate 5.29%
    September 6, 2021, 1118 tests done, 68 new cases including 7 children. Positivity rate 6.08%
    September 5, 2021, 2827 tests done, 101 new cases including 26 children. Positivity rate 3.57%
    September 4, 2021, 2139 tests done, 65 new cases including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.03%.
    September 3, 2021, 1557 tests done, 31 new cases including 6 children. Positivity rate 1.99%.
    September 2, 2021, 2544 tests done, 80 new cases, including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.14%.
    September 1, 2021, 1665 tests done, 40 new cases including 11 children. 1 death. Positivity rate 2.40%.

    752 people are in isolation.
    A 60 year old man died, not at Harrison Point but at Accident and Emergency. The number of dead during the course of the pandemic is 53

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  • September 16, 2021, 2132 tests done, 71 new cases including 21 children. Positivity rate 3.33%
    September 15, 2021, 1710 tests done, 124 new cases including 21 children. Positivity rate 7.25%
    September 14, 2021, 1771 tests done, 69 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 3.89%
    September 13, 2021, 1328 tests done, 78 new cases including 22 children. Positivity rate 5.8 %
    September 12, 2021, 2100 tests done, 62 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 2.95 %
    September 11, 2021, 1338 tests done, 85 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 6.35 %
    September 10, 2021, 1582 tests done, 108 new cases including 23 children. Positivity rate 6.82%
    September 9, 2021, 1387 tests done, 78 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 5.62%
    September 8, 2021, 1373 tests done, 87 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 6.33%
    September 7, 2021, 1303 tests done, 69 new cases including 20 children. Positivity rate 5.29%
    September 6, 2021, 1118 tests done, 68 new cases including 7 children. Positivity rate 6.08%
    September 5, 2021, 2827 tests done, 101 new cases including 26 children. Positivity rate 3.57%
    September 4, 2021, 2139 tests done, 65 new cases including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.03%.
    September 3, 2021, 1557 tests done, 31 new cases including 6 children. Positivity rate 1.99%.
    September 2, 2021, 2544 tests done, 80 new cases, including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.14%.
    September 1, 2021, 1665 tests done, 40 new cases including 11 children. 1 death. Positivity rate 2.40%.

    3 more people have died including a 97-year-old woman passed away on Wednesday, September 15, after spending four days in isolation. She was unvaccinated. Two men died today, Thursday, September 16. They are a 51-year-old, who had a co-morbidity, and a 93-year-old, who was in secondary isolation at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility for four days. Their vaccination status is unknown.

    828 people are in isolation.

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  • September 17, 2021, 1787 tests done, 110 new cases including 30 children. Positivity rate 6.15%
    September 16, 2021, 2132 tests done, 71 new cases including 21 children. Positivity rate 3.33%
    September 15, 2021, 1710 tests done, 124 new cases including 21 children. Positivity rate 7.25%
    September 14, 2021, 1771 tests done, 69 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 3.89%
    September 13, 2021, 1328 tests done, 78 new cases including 22 children. Positivity rate 5.8 %
    September 12, 2021, 2100 tests done, 62 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 2.95 %
    September 11, 2021, 1338 tests done, 85 new cases including 16 children. Positivity rate 6.35 %
    September 10, 2021, 1582 tests done, 108 new cases including 23 children. Positivity rate 6.82%
    September 9, 2021, 1387 tests done, 78 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 5.62%
    September 8, 2021, 1373 tests done, 87 new cases including 17 children. Positivity rate 6.33%
    September 7, 2021, 1303 tests done, 69 new cases including 20 children. Positivity rate 5.29%
    September 6, 2021, 1118 tests done, 68 new cases including 7 children. Positivity rate 6.08%
    September 5, 2021, 2827 tests done, 101 new cases including 26 children. Positivity rate 3.57%
    September 4, 2021, 2139 tests done, 65 new cases including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.03%.
    September 3, 2021, 1557 tests done, 31 new cases including 6 children. Positivity rate 1.99%.
    September 2, 2021, 2544 tests done, 80 new cases, including 15 children. Positivity rate 3.14%.
    September 1, 2021, 1665 tests done, 40 new cases including 11 children. 1 death. Positivity rate 2.40%.

    850 people are in isolation.

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  • The death of another man, a 71 year old Guyanese took place yesterday and was reported today.

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  • Guyanese have unlimited access to vaccine in Guyana. So it must have been a vaccine refuser or someone with pre-existing conditions.

    So there is no reason not to lift the Corona restrictions soon, since in a fully vaccinated population Corona only affects insane vaccination refusers (like the ISO Taliban or the raging mob in the inner city) or people who should die soon anyway.

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/09/20/covid-19-update-104-new-cases-866-in-isolation/

    A 50-year-old St. Lucian woman, who resided in Barbados, died on Sunday, September 20. She was unvaccinated. The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory has identified 104 new cases of COVID-19, comprising 38 males and 66 females.

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