COVID 19 UPDATES

The following comment inspired the blogmaster to expand the focus on data collection and discussion about the COVID 19 pandemic. Thanks to @Lyall@Amit

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David; re. your 4:41 am post;

You are correct but I have indeed considered that cohort of the population.

The reason that the US experts are beating the drum for testing, testing and more testing is to get a handle on what proportion of the general public has been compromised by the virus in any way and has left its signatures in body fluids including blood in the population. The virus is shed from the infected body as the disease is brought under control. When it is controlled it has been found that it takes around 7 days for all particles to be shed from the body. Infected persons are released back into the community when they test negative twice over a period of 2 days.

Barbados, like all of our island neighbours, did or does not have access to large numbers of tests and had to use what we had very sparingly. Thus, the only measure that we had for gauging the incidence of the virus in the population (and a very imperfect one, at that) might be by comparing the evidence of infection levels hinted at by a comparison of the graphs of the progress of the various Covid-19 outbreaks in our Islands.

Most of the world was in the same position as the Caribbean and used the data obtained by the minimal testing of infected people and their contacts and their contacts to produce the graphs we see on such sites as WHO and Worldometer etc. All these graphs give an imperfect picture and significant underestimation of infection levels in the county or country in which the tests are carried out, but, since they are carried out in the same way in each country they might provide some rationale for guesstimating the comparative levels of the infection in various groups of countries.

The data shows that, starting out at essentially the same levels, there was some divergence in relation to the rate of infection and therefore progress of the various outbreaks in various countries. The graphs for Barbados showed low and declining levels of infection from the beginning, peaking at the level of 13 positive cases per day and thereafter showing a slowly declining trend. The individuals who would have contributed to the declining trend would have been primarily from the contact testing but should also have included other individuals referred by Health professionals or who presented themselves to Government institutions because of concern that their symptoms might point to untimely death due to the dread Covid-19.

Amit, in an earlier post on this blog, reported on his initiative of graphing Covid-19 incidence over weekly periods throughout the epidemic, in several Caribbean Islands. If David thinks it is appropriate and Amit agrees I can post a subset of graphs clipped from his data for 6 Caribbean territories which I think could illustrate some of what I have presented above.


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There was 1 more positive case announced today as well as 1 death. A slight uptick of the daily cases line is indicated in the graph by the blue line. The total cumulative number of positive cases from the tests carried out yesterday is 76 – Llyall Small

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Attached is the updated C-19 graph for 2020-04-23. There were no additional positive cases from yesterday’s tests and therefore cumulative positive cases remain at 76 – Lyall Small

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Two new positive cases were identified from yesterday’s tests. There are now 5 cases of contacts with a previously identified individual. The 5 cases are workers from a Government Institution. Tests are ongoing today (25 April 2020)Lyall Small

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Updated graph for 26 April 2020. No new +ve cases were found. Cumulative count is still 79 – Lyall Small

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There was one additional +ve case identified today (27 April 2020) from the last tranche of NAB workers moving the cumulative total cases to 80. The graph is still essentially trending downwards – Lyallsmall

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Graphing Covid-19 incidence in several Caribbean Islands – Source data: caribbeansignal.com

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  • @Donna
    Well my life is as of importance as govt needs to protect the economy
    There is where and how the rubber hits the road
    I dont expect nor give govt authority to gamble with life to protect economy or any entity
    That is where we differ in our philosophy
    You have fourteen days to deal with in your mind about this problem
    Believe you me it would not be easy
    The psychological effect can turn the well prepared mind into grave thoughts

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  • Theo
    What low hanging fruit even a blind man could have seen the inevitable
    Your problem and still is that the fruit u pick was no good for the asking

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  • IT IS GOOD WHEN BACKWARD ASS SELF HATING BLACK PEOPLE GET EXPOSED ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND TO THE WORLD STILL BLINDED BY A COLONIAL SLAVE MENTALITY IN THEIR BLACK MINDS.

    THIS MAN SHOULD SUE BARBADOS FOR UNJUST TREATMENT IN THE CCJ.

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    REGIONAL: Lawyers fighting for Jamaican imprisoned in Barbados for breaking quarantine

    In what has been tagged an unduly harsh sentencing, a Jamaican man has been imprisoned for six months in Barbados for breaking quarantine; while influential tourists flouting the COVID-19 protocols, when caught are reportedly given time to pay fines instead of imprisonment.

    In fact, The Sunday Gleaner can confirm that at least one Barbadian who scaled the balcony of a quarantine facility in order to dine out at a restaurant across the island was allowed six months to pay his fine; while Jamaican Dean Scott was used as “an example” by a chief magistrate in Barbados last week.

    Scott, a 49-year-old mason, left a government quarantine facility to purchase a drink next door, returning shortly after and was arrested for breaching the Disaster Risk Management Act.

    Tearful during the court hearing, Scott stated that he genuinely didn’t know he was not allowed to leave the facility.

    “Scott was treated unduly harshly. To be 100 per cent clear, he deserved to be punished for breaking quarantine, but there were so many mitigating factors in his case that didn’t warrant his imprisonment. He walked out of a government facility with ease, which speaks to the laxness in protocols,” Jamaica-born attorney-at-law Michelle Russell told The Sunday Gleaner Friday night.

    Russell, along with another Jamaican attorney, Keisha Hyde-Porchetta, and the Jamaican Association of Barbados (JAMBAR) are fighting to get an appeal, owing to the fact that Scott returned two negative COVID-19 tests, and has been placed in a prison declared a super spreader in that eastern Caribbean country.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/03/regional-lawyers-fighting-for-jamaican-imprisoned-in-barbados-for-breaking-quarantine/

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  • AGAIN I SAY THE 2 x 3 ISLAND IS A CESSPOOL.

    TRULY A SHITHOLE BANANA REPUBLIC WHERE INJUSTICE IS THE NORM.

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    This is the first time Scott has travelled outside of Jamaica and is believed to have gone to Barbados to work on a construction site. It is not clear when he arrived on the island.

    According to Russell, Scott was not even given 24 hours to come up with the fine. He told the magistrate he didn’t have the $6,000 and was immediately imprisoned.

    “The Barbadian who was fined $6,000 last week for breaking quarantine and who essentially went joyriding for a whole day was given six months within which to pay, while a Swiss tourist staying in the influential west coast area was given seven days to come up with his money,” said Russell.

    Of note, the attorney pointed out that the Swiss tourist tested positive and was out in the public. In addition, ‘Love Island’ star Zara Holland and her COVID-19-positive boyfriend, who also breached quarantine and were caught fleeing the country, have not been imprisoned.

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  • Baje when i read Scott defense i thought that there was a problem and an inhumane injustice handed down by the magistrate to Scott
    Yes he broke the quarantine
    However this is a case whereby the left hand not knowing what the right hand should be doing in all effort to security
    As for the magistrate my first thought was he was one having a callous heart and bias thinking in favour of govt
    This case would make international headlines like the Myra case and close shop on govt quarantine policies

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  • “Theo
    What low hanging fruit even a blind man could have seen the inevitable
    Your problem and still is that the fruit u pick was no good for the asking”.

    It was not inevitable. If everyone acted responsibly we would not be having this conversation at this time.

    There was always the fear, that things could go badly. That is how it is with a calculated risk. The low hanging fruit is saying it can go badly and then saying ” I told you so”.

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  • Theo
    “From the cases seen so far, it is difficult to determine if there is a single policy for punishing those who break quarantine.

    If it appears that penalties can be affected by country of origin, skin color or other extraneous factors then it may be difficult to get a full commitment to the fight from all Barbadians.

    Let us patch gaps as they become apparent and try to develop a single/national policy for those who break quarantine.”

    I bet you missed that bit.
    ‘This is a multi-dimensional problem and not the simplistic two legs good, four legs bad’

    Gotta go … Enjoy the day

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  • @ Baje
    @Mariposa

    The stupid assumption by some is that people who question or criticise government’s CoVid policy want people in Barbados to die. That is such a silly idea that it does not have merit, since it assumes that for an insignificant political point, bragging rights, some people on BU would like to put at risk relatives, friends, the elderly, infirmed and others.
    In the absence of an ability to defend such crap with a logical argument, they retreat in to calling people anti-Mia, or supporters of the Dees or other names. What appalling stupidity. But it is expect ed behaviour. It is cultural.
    What is wrong with asking for the government’s epidemiological model to be made public? What is wrong with calling for a ban on UK visitors, following the discovery of a variant of CoVid-19? What is wrong with calling for mandatory mask-wearing? What is wrong with a lockdown? What is wrong with calling for monthly mortality figures for 2019 and 2020?
    Supporters of the government talk nonsense about jobs, I say lives come before jobs. In any case, with 48000 unemployed, it is a rarity having a job, a minority, if we excluded government/public sector workers?
    No-one wants people to suffer unnecessarily. What they want is good policy. Government can introduce a mandatory mortgage repayment holiday, it can issue interest-free loans to households, it can compel people to work from home unless they are essential workers; it can impose a ban on price increases on essential goods and services during the pandemic.
    We have a government that is not interested in jobs, per se, but perversely in keeping badly managed and corrupt hotels in business during these turbulent times is the mistaken belief that the economy equates with tourism and ghost hotels. That is a different story.

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  • In all this protection of the economy
    The most benefits went towards the hotel industry
    Where or how does this policy help black businesses
    Furthermore govt invested millions in doing so for the hotel industry

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  • It was not inevitable. If everyone acted responsibly we would not be having this conversation at this time.

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    YES I AGREE WITH YOU 1000 PERCENT.

    THE IRRESPONSIBLE BLP GOVERNMENT NOW SCRAMBLING LET IN A NEW STRAIN OF THE CORONA VIRUS A SUPER SPREADER TYPE WAY MORE CONTAGIOUS THAN INITIAL VERSION DESPITE MANY OTHER COUNTRIES CLOSING THEIR BORDERS RECENTLY TO UK TRAVELERS FOR A TIME PERIOD AND THE SAME UK GOVERNMENT EMPLOYING HARSHER MEASURES TO CONTROL THE SUPER SPREADING VIRUS NEW STRAIN IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

    BUT DON’T MIND THIS ARROGANT & INCOMPETENT BLP GOVERNMENT ON THE 2 x 3 ISLAND WHO KNOWS BETTER THAN EVERYONE IN THE WORLD THEY CONTINUE TO ALLOW UK TRAVELERS SOME WHO BROUGHT IN THE NEW SUPER SPREADER VIRUS FROM LONDON AND ELSEWHERE IN THE UK.

    NO WONDER THERE IS NOW LOCAL SUPER SPREADING OF THE VIRUS NOW ON THE ISLAND THAT WASN’T THERE BEFORE.

    SOME OF YOU ARE STILL TOO THICK TO GET IT OR PRETENDING THAT DON’T UNDERSTAND SIMPLE LOGIC AND FACTS.

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  • Not easy for you, Mariposa. Very easy for me!

    I’ll give you a little hint of how I work. Long ago, my mother was working as a nurse in the eye clinic. My cornea ruptured. She told me it was serious and I needed to go to the hospital immediately. But I had a whole concert planned for the children the following day. Silly Donna went to her GP for a second opinion. He said it could wait until Monday. I did the concert with the ruptured cornea. Felt like a huge bit of grit in my eye. Could barely keep my eye open. Did not miss a beat. Concert was a hit.

    Next day at the hospital I was told that my mother was right. I was just in time to save the sight in that eye. Spent seven days in the hospital with a pressure bandage on my eye. Felt like a needle pressing into my eye. While there (with the “needle” in my eye I managed to make friends with a five year old boy whose face had been mauled by a pitbull. Every day whem his mother left he would cry. The evening after I made friends with him, his mother was left in shock when he smiled and said, “Goodbye, mummy!” And so it remained until he was discharged. His mother thanked me for helping her to have a good night’s sleep.

    When I was discharged the doctor said he was sure it was my attitude that saved my eye.

    I do not scare easily and I do not panic. I makes matters worse. No logic in it.

    Here keeping eyes and particularly ears on Trump. And laughing bad, bad, bad!

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  • Baje
    This case would involved the Constitution just watch and see how the CCJ gonna take barbados to task
    For weeks on ends i have been saying that govt was walking on a thin rope when implementing these laws
    Now we have Caswell stating that govt pursue a path of defamation against the three prison officers
    And a case of discrimination being brought against govt on behalf of the jamaican
    Things going from bad to worse in 24 hrs

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  • FOR THOSE OF YOU TOO THICK TO GET IT OR STUBBORN PRIDE GETS IN YOUR WAY TO FACE REALITY.

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    Here’s what we know about the U.K. coronavirus variant

    At least two states as of Wednesday had confirmed cases of a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus less than two weeks after it was first detected in the United Kingdom. The mutation, which prompted countries across Europe to halt travel from Britain in mid-December, now adds to concerns mounting stateside that a more-infectious variant of the virus will crush the capacity of hospitals already on the brink.

    The defining characteristic of the British variant, known as B.1.1.7., appears to be its transmissibility; it reportedly accounted for more than half of all recent infections in London, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Viruses change every time they replicate themselves, which is normal and usually means nothing, said Cathy McCarty, associate dean of research at the University of Minnesota Medical School at Duluth. The U.K. mutation appears to have changed the virus’s spike protein enough to where the variant becomes more infectious and “sticks” to people more easily, like a burr, she said.

    “It’s probably at least 50 percent more infectious as the version that’s been around,” McCarty told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/12/20/new-covid-mutation-uk/

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  • 2 x 3 BARBADOS BLP GOVERNMENT SEEMS TO BE KEEPING SECRETS WHILST BLAMING THE LOCALS.

    WE KNOW AT OF AT LEAST 4 UK TRAVELERS ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO WAS FOUND WITH THE NEW STRAIN SUPER SPREADER VIRUS UPON BEING TESTED ON ARRIVAL IN KINGSTON JAMAICA.

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    Where has the variant been detected?

    On Wednesday, California became the second state after Colorado to confirm U.S.-based cases of the variant. At least 19 other countries have identified cases of the U.K. variant, including Australia, Finland, France, Denmark, Singapore and South Korea — but the total number of countries where it may have spread is unknown.

    In December, British researchers first discovered the variant’s prevalence when they collected samples from infected people in southeastern England. It seemed to spread quickly.

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  • Russell, along with another Jamaican attorney, Keisha Hyde-Porchetta, and the Jamaican Association of Barbados (JAMBAR) are fighting to get an appeal, owing to the fact that Scott returned two negative COVID-19 tests, and has been placed in a prison declared a super spreader in that eastern Caribbean country.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/03/regional-lawyers-fighting-for-jamaican-imprisoned-in-barbados-for-breaking-quarantine/

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  • CIBC FirstCaribbean has advised that a “small” number of its employees attended the “super spreader” Boxing Day bus crawl or were in contact with patrons.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/01/03/firstcaribbean-employees-tested-bus-crawl-offices-cleaned/

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  • Russell, along with another Jamaican attorney, Keisha Hyde-Porchetta, and the Jamaican Association of Barbados .(JAMBAR) are fighting to get an appeal, owing to the fact that Scott returned two negative COVID-19 tests, and has been placed in a prison declared a super spreader in that eastern Caribbean country…..(Quote)

    The courts must also be asked to reach a decision about the kidnapping of a man in international waters, fitting him up with an alleged drugs charge, and on his acquittal passing him on to immigration for alleged immigration offences. Barbaric.

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  • Taking a look at how this super spreader has cast doubt raised questions and closed buisnesss in less than 24 hrs
    A govt that for months played Russian roulette with the lives of the people

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  • Russell, along with another Jamaican attorney, Keisha Hyde-Porchetta, and the Jamaican Association of Barbados .(JAMBAR) are fighting to get an appeal, owing to the fact that Scott returned two negative COVID-19 tests, and has been placed in a prison declared a super spreader in that eastern Caribbean country…..(Quote)

    The courts must also be asked to reach a decision about the kidnapping of a man in international waters, fitting him up with an alleged drugs charge, and on his acquittal passing him on to immigration for alleged immigration offences. Barbaric.

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    @ Hal

    THE 2 x 3 ISLAND IS SHOWING THE WORLD HOW IT “PUNCHES ABOVE ITS WEIGHT TO BLACK FOREIGNERS AND BLACK MAJORITY LOCALS”.

    WHILST IN THE BOSOM OF THE WHITE CONTROLLED IMF AND WHITE SHADOW BUSINESSMEN LOCALLY INCLUDING THE MARIJUANA AND DRUG BARONS.

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  • Wait Ministry of Health has not published any COVID updates today
    Wonder why cause the planes still coming and bringing tourist
    Could it be that the Portocol wheels have finally fell of
    Transparency please

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  • Blah, blah, blah!

    The Jamaican man broke the law and put our lives at risk. He now understands that COVID is contagious?

    I do think the sentence was too harsh though. A month would have been sufficient to make a point.

    That being said, they should be sure to check the laws carefully for liability.

    And keep him away from the other prisoners.

    But…what would Jamaica do to Barbadians in similar circumstances, I wonder.

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  • @ Hal

    THE FACT REMAINS THAT THE 2 x 3 ISLAND BARBADOS OR ONE OF ITS CITIZENS HAS NEVER BROUGHT A CASE AGAINST JAMAICA ABOUT ILL TREATMENT OF ITS CITIZEN TO THE CCJ AND WON.

    HOWEVER THE OPPOSITE HAS HAPPENED.

    BAJANS ARE TOO MALL MINDED AS EVIDENT BY SOME ON BU ESPECIALLY THE ONE MORE BAJAN THAN YOU OR I.

    2 x 3 ISLAND CANNOT WIN EITHER OF THOSE 2 MATTERS AT THE CCJ LEVEL RE THE INHUMANE TREATMENT OF TWO JAMAICAN BLACK MEN AT THE HANDS OF LOCAL BARBADOS AUTHORITIES AND NEED TO START PULLING THEIR HEADS FROM OUT OF THEIR ASSES.

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  • This is speculation on my part,,,
    I was trying to find an explanation of why St Vincent’s response to Barbados was different than that of Gaston Browne’s in Antigus.
    It appears that they now had their second non-travel case of COVID-19 and may be fearing that they may end up in a similar situation to us.

    03/01/2021
    https://www.iwnsvg.com/2021/01/03/another-local-covid-19-case-detected-schools-to-remain-closed/

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  • Theo if u understand the meaning of politricks vs politics u would not have to rack brain to find the answer
    Remember when Mia attempted to throw Browne plans for the revival of Liat under the bus
    As ole folks say there are many ways to skin a cat
    He sends a message with strong meanings intact
    Gonsalves on the other hand took advantage of the circumstance and the effect to say to Mia no dice

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  • St. Vincent has the right to do what they think is right for its citizens. I have no quarrel with their decision. I doubt it is malicious. WHEN we get things under control again they will remove us from the list.

    And again, blah blah blah! I did say the sentence is too harsh. It should be reduced. I believe it will be. I have very little confidence in our Chief Magistrate’s decisions.

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  • The decision to keep the borders open is also ongoing in Grenada
    https://www.thegrenadainformer.com/news/item/5956-clouden-the-government-must-be-blamed
    12/18/2020
    ” Health Minister Nickolas Steele, in a live virtual press conference, said Grenada cannot at this time afford to close its borders. He noted that breaches to the restriction have happened in the past and will in the future but according to him, Grenada simply has to put systems in place to deal with them. The borders he said have to remain open while Grenada exercises the best level of control with a view of dealing with the situation in the best possible sway. “

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  • This getting hot
    Mia head on the chopping block
    Murdahhh
    Look at this

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  • It is amazing how some of you shape your views by living in a Facebook bubble.

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  • You are such a hypocrite. Do you ever say you disagree with a policy implemented by government without cloaking it with some pejorative reference to Bajan condition?

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  • The numbers being given across the airwaves are frightening
    Some as high as five hundred tested positive
    Not surprising as i mentioned earlier that Ministry has not send out daily COVID updates
    Now the question remains to be asked where would these people be isolated

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  • My advice to barbadians stay put govt has shown that by their reckless policies they cannot be trusted to protect the lives of their people
    Opening borders still not of a grave concern to govt
    A mind built on stubbornness is one which will not bend or break
    Barbadians lives are now caught up in a mind bent on doing the illogical while hell breaks out amongst the populace

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  • WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BEING ELECTED ON PROMISED TRANSPARENCY AND HAVING NOTHING TO HIDE FROM THE LOCALS PART OF THE 2018 ELECTION GIMMICKS BY THE BLP GOVERNMENT TO FOOL THE PEOPLE FOR THEIR VOTE

    A PROMISE IS A COMFORT FOR A FOOL.

    WHAT ONE DOES IN THE DARK ALWAYS COMES OUT IN THE LIGHT

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    Ministry of Health denounces Instagram page

    “The Ministry of Health and Wellness has denounced an Instagram (IG) page, started by a visitor who stayed at the Harrison’s Point Isolation facility last month, as inaccurate and misleading.

    “The Ministry is in no way affiliated with the IG account, @harrisonspointbarbados, which seeks to deliberately paint the facility and its staff in a negative light. The Ministry has advised the person or persons responsible for the delusive information posted to the account to cease and desist with immediate effect.

    “Barbados’ Emergency Management (COVID-19) Protocol (No. 4) Directive, 2020, Part 8, states: ‘No person shall transmit a video recording or audio recording of any person or in any way make known to the public the identity of any person who is in quarantine or in an isolation station.’

    “The Directive is valid until March, 2021.

    “Additionally, it further states that ‘a person who contravenes this Directive without reasonable explanation, is guilty of an offence, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $50, 000 or to imprisonment for a term of one year, or to both.” (MR/BGIS)

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/01/03/ministry-health-denounces-instagram-page/

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  • Why is the Minister chasing after Instagram postings
    What he should be doing is giving COVID recent updates
    Numbers said to be over five hundred including the new UK strain
    Barbados is in a COVID melt down and he chasing instagram postings

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  • The One Scary Thing All 3 Cases of the New COVID Variant Have in Common

    Though it’s become the dominant variant in numerous parts of the U.K., the new, more contagious strain of the coronavirus has only been confirmed to be in the U.S. for less than a week. The first confirmed case was a man in his 20s in Colorado on Dec. 28, the second was a 30-year-old man in California on Dec. 30, and the latest was a man in his 20s in Florida on Dec. 31. While it’s clear these cases share some surface similarities—they’re all among men in their 20s or 30s—there’s another, more subtle factor they share that hints at how widespread the new variant is: None of them have any travel history.

    When San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher revealed that his California county had a confirmed case of the new strain, known as B.1.1.7., he said: “Because there is no travel history, we believe this is not an isolated case in San Diego County.” And frankly, it’s likely not isolated to the three states that have confirmed cases, either. The fact that none of these patients have directly been to the U.K.—or any of the other 30-plus countries where the variant has been found—means it’s likely that the new strain is already spreading across the country. It seems the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, MD, was right when he said on Good Morning America on Dec. 22, “You really need to assume that it’s here already… I would not be surprised at all if it is already here.”

    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/one-scary-thing-3-cases-211149324.html

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  • North of England bracing for huge COVID wave as new variant continues to spread

    The North of England is bracing for a devastating COVID-19 wave as the new variant continues to spread across the UK.

    The mutant coronavirus strain was first detected in the South East before Christmas and has been found to be 70% more transmissible.

    It has since been driving up new infection rates, putting the NHS on the brink of being overwhelmed.

    Several London hospitals like UCH and the Royal London have issued desperate pleas for more staff in the last 24 hours as COVID wards fill up rapidly.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-england-covid-wave-new-variant-spread-094031990.html

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  • Does any think that Gaston Browne wrote the letter to Mia with a straight face?

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  • Critical Analyzer

    More case studies for early outpatient treatment are publishing. This is the one and only way out of this pandemic.
    https://covexit.com/new-outpatient-treatment-study-shows-very-low-hospitalization-risk/

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  • @Sargeant

    You know what they say – today me tomorrow you.

    Browne is a childish man.

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  • ‘Reckless behaviour’ condemned
    HAMILTON – Bermuda’s Health Minister Kim Wilson has condemned what she says is “reckless behaviour” that led to the island recording 18 new cases of COVID-19.
    In an update late Saturday, she said that a total of seven cases in from overseas and seven locally were the result of on-island transmissions with a known contact.
    The sources of the other four cases are under investigation.
    The new cases bring the island’s total of confirmed cases to 622 roughly half in December alone. To date, ten people have died on the island.
    “We have been made aware of some disturbing social activities over the New Year’s holiday that saw a significant number of individuals at a location who were not engaging in safe practices. Reckless behaviour such as this is unfortunate, and we understand that the Bermuda Police Service is investigating the incident.”
    “I cannot emphasise enough the importance of making sensible and responsible decisions.” (CMC)

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  • Early and out..

    Clearly, it is more than a Barbados problem. It appears that irresponsible (reckless) behaviour was rampant throughout the Caribbean near the end of the year.

    Figure out the common denominator if blame must be assigned.

    Have a great day.

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  • Former Ms. Britain, and reality television “star” Zara Holland is quoted as saying that “she loves and respects us”

    I shudder to think how she would act if she hated and disrespected us.

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  • What is govt hiding
    The COVID daily updates are missing
    I advice all to take proper precautions
    Govt f.up

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  • @BAJE January 3, 2021 3:28 PM “LAST TIME I CHECKED 14 MILES x 21 MILES IS A VERY TINY AREA AND IS 2 x 3 IN MATHEMATICAL TERMS.”

    Good morning Baje

    A non-miserable new year to you.

    By the way did you attend one or more of those Bajan schools [not the great Combermere of course, where duncy people have never been permitted to enter] where Hal says that people learn by rote? If you had attended my rural elementary school and you made the statement above, my Infants B teacher [she who “taught us by rote”: and who lived to be 103] would have cut your @ss until you learned that 14 x 21 is NOT the same as 2 x 3.

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  • So David what are u trying to prove by posting thst article
    For starters one of the negative fall out from COVID is human behaviour
    Many times over during COVID media has published pictures of people doing what is opposite to being told
    This is a problem that is hard for govt to control therfore any govt going about taking the high risk of letting visitors into their country from hot spots should be held accountable when adversity takes control of their laws
    Human behaviour does not automatically changed
    The mind takes time to process any changes
    Hence these level disruption will continue until govt decide to make changes that are applicable and normal for the mind to understand

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  • True! It was brought into Barbados by either a visitor or a returning Bajan. We have a good testing and quarantine protocol and so I believe it was a breach by a reckless person who broke out that spread it.

    But even if that had happened and we locals had followed protocol instead of relaxing as the irate gentleman admitted, this would not have occurred.

    True. They trusted the hitherto successful authorities to keep the COVID out. They should also have trusted their pleas to NOT RELAX!

    So yes, I agree that the airport and quarantine facilities should be secured. Breaking out seems to easy, and yes, hoteliers were not clamped down on for their slackness but those who relaxed must also accept responsibility for their own health.

    My son and I have observed all protocols.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @David January 4, 2021 6:26 AM

    Brit star Zara Holland to appear in court Wednesday

    I hope she appears before the same Magistrate the Jamaican get.

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  • @Sargeant January 1, 2021 11:22 PM “Recently I saw where people were requested not to pick up their relatives at the airport: Were relatives allowed to pick up family members to transport them to quarantine hotels?What barriers were in place for taxi drivers or others transporting people to quarantine?Would appreciate if someone could provide some insight into the above”

    Little Susie arrived the week before Christmas with a negative PCR test. The government quarantine center was full so health officials at the airport directed her to a quarantine hotel which our family paid for by giving the hotel our credit card information over the phone. She went to the hotel by taxi whose driver had had a covid19 training course. Both she and the driver had to wear masks on the short journey.

    About 40 hours after arrival she was picked up at the hotel by a certified taxi taken to a polyclinic where she had to sit outdoors under a tent and wearing a mask and was given a covid test. The taxi drivers have been instructed not to pick up customers in between but to wait for the customer and to sanitize in-between customers The wait at the clinic was less than one hour and the driver waited and was paid for the wait. The hotel [small hotel, less than 25 rooms] provided a snack the first night and a hot breakfast the next morning. In any event I had instructed Susie to travel with her favorite non-perishable snacks just in case of delays. The hotel appeared to be not quite ready for the heavy influx of visitors so the kitchen was not fully open. However those in quarantine could go online and order food from their favorite fast food place which delivered it to the front desk. The health officials emailed her the test results in about 48 hours and then she was free to go. The hotel had excellent wifi and guests could wait in their rooms or on their balconies. The housekeeping staff quite rightly did not enter the rooms during the quarantine period. I had reminded Susie not to socialize with other guests, and to be especially careful to avoid any contact with people from the United Kingdom where the covid19 infection rate is 3 times higher than it is in Canada. Yesterday she had another covid test in preparation for her departure. The wait at the clinic was about half an hour. Again outdoors under a tent, seated 6 feet apart and everybody wearing masks. Staff wearing full PPE.

    Our family is not by any means rich and incurred a few hundred dollars in unexpected expenses, hotel, taxi, fast food, but at the beginning of the pandemic I had told my family that this pandemic would take some value off all of us, and we had put down a li’l something oneside for this eventuality.

    Our system has worked very well until recently. I expect that there have been DELIBERATE breeches by people, [VERY LIKELY DISRESPECTFUL FOREIGNERS] who were instructed to remain in quarantine but who CHOSE to do otherwise, because they have ZERO respect for us and for our culture.

    P.S. Please note that I do not dislike foreigners, white, black, brown or any other color, but I do dislike disrespectful people of any color, gender, religion, nationality etc. Many of my family members have long lived in and traveled to foreign parts, including the Caribbean, North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and even Australia [but not Antarctica] and my job took me to dozens of foreign places. Our practice always is not to be disrespectful to the people “born there”

    Cudear Bajan
    Who has been fortunate to experience the world, and LOVES this 2 x 3 island.

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  • PLT should be applauded for the remote nomad scheme. Unfortunately, a promising idea has now been rendered obsolete by an incompetent government.

    It was evident to me that this scheme was high risk and if was to work it would require a high level of planning. Given the circumstances it would have made sense for this government to have gently rolled out a plan that would trial out its feasibility.

    If we had a small number of fifty to hundred individuals we would have been able to test out the system. Unfortunately what we had was a mad dash to bring in the tourists and their money.

    What is the saying: fail to plan; plan to fail.

    The moral of the story is evident. Irrespective of who we elect our government will always fall short due to their incompetence.

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  • Britain has imposed travel restrictions on South Africa because of the new variant there. Why7 is Barbados still opened to travellers from the UK?

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  • So here we are the first monday of jan 2021 hearing the grave news of over five hundred people tested positive for the virus including the new strain
    Govt has yet to confirm or deny
    Be safe

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  • Britain has imposed travel restrictions on South Africa because of the new variant there. Why7 is Barbados still opened to travellers from the UK?

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    THE 2 x 3 ISLAND A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY THINKS IT KNOWS MORE THAN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES AND IS PUNCHING ABOVE THEM.

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  • Here we go again! The Third World country of Black people think they know more than the First World country of white people.

    Looks like the white people are right. We are inferior. We must always follow their lead.

    We leave nothing for the white people to say!

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  • Why are we allowing flights from the UK in to Barbados?

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  • I’ve read the new, more contagious strain of COVID-19 that first emerged in the southeast of England was already spreading rapidly even during the nation’s second lockdown in November last year. As a result, more than ¾ of England is under the strictest TIER FOUR coronavirus measures, Ireland placed restrictions on travel to and from England and mainland Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are under lockdown.

    The restrictions in tier four include:

    ….. Residents should stay at home, unless they have a “reasonable excuse” such as work or education
    ….. All non-essential shops must close
    ….. Hairdressers and nail bars must close
    ….. Indoor entertainment venues must close
    ….. Gyms and indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts and dance studios must close
    ….. You cannot meet other people indoors, unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble
    ….. People should not leave tier four areas or travel abroad, except for limited reasons (including work and education)
    ….. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are only allowed in exceptional circumstances
    ….. “Clinically extremely vulnerable” people in tier four areas are advised to stay at home “as much as possible”. The government says if they can’t work from home, they shouldn’t go to work.

    It’s clear the UK has been struggling in its efforts to combat this new variant of COVID-19. As I mentioned previously, it is my personal opinion ‘government’ should have closed the borders to visitors from the UK and other ‘hot spots’ or place certain restrictions on travel to and from those countries, as soon as it was realised they were contending with a new strain of coronavirus. At least, until the health authorities accumulated enough information on this new strain and how they plan to go about confronting it. In other words, it’s best to be proactive than reactive.

    Please note, this is NOT meant to be a CRITICISM of our ‘government’s’ overall COVID policies, which, so far, have been successful. We are constantly reminded about adhering to the protocols via messages through the GIS, print and electronic media. The onus is on all Barbadians and visitors to comply rather than become complacent.

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  • To ensure that there are fewer infected Brits in Britain to spread it to you.

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  • In light of the recent outbreaks absorbing public health resources consideration to banning flights from high risk countries must be looked at seriously.

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  • Well breaches were made
    The onus is on govt to revamp their policies on containment by closing the border
    Govt is in denial arrogance and stubbornness would be the cause of barbados final downfall
    The wheels has finally fallen off
    Now it is up to govt to step up with all diligence and protect the health of its citizens
    500 infected people is nothing to be taking chance a chance that is very slim and hard to control
    Many countries had to make hard but wise decisions to cut off Britain as their source of income
    These countries are still up and around
    This is the time for small island nation to practice singularity but to help each other
    Yes Mia took a path hoping for the better
    Unfortunately the worst has turned out

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  • Worldometers numbers have been updated to 556.

    That seems to reflect the information given at the last press conference. I will await the official numbers. There may be a lag or there may not be. I don’t go on facebook, Instagram or Twitter and put out allegations from any old person just to fit my agenda. Some of you are just as bad as the Trump loonies.

    COVID cannot hide in Barbados. Mia knows that just as well as I do.

    The truth will out. Soon, through the official channels, we will know what we are facing.

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  • Oops those in denial would now have to face facts
    Facts can work in or against ones own agenda

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  • We should look at that COVID-19 situation reasonably and rationally. Those individuals following the usual ‘alarmist script’ are not prepared to do so.

    For example, I read the contribution of a ‘BU regular,’ in which it was being implied the Jamaican national who was recently jailed for 6 months, was not being fed and hunger forced him to leave the quarantine centre. However, the news reports suggested otherwise.

    What some people are also doing, is going on social media platforms such as Facebook, to copy and paste to BU, those worst case, alarmist posts that support their particular agenda, and then elaborate on the information as though it was true, irregardless of the credibility of its source.

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  • @ Mariposa

    Things are getting much worse in the UK. Some teachers are in tears having to return to the class rooms; Boris is addressing the nation this evening and it is predicted he will order a complete lockdown, as Scotland has.
    If Britain is locking down from itself, why is Barbados allowing people to travel from the UK to Barbados?

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  • Hal arrogance and stubbornness the two main ingredients

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  • David
    It appears Boris is about to shutdown the UK anyway so that means no UK tourists for us. Only last week some here were accusing the government of hiding cases. Jesus take de wheel.

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  • We had a good run, relaxed and got burnt.

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  • Why do the majority of tourist go to Barbados ? What do they do especially who stay in All inclusive resorts ?

    They drink nuff nuff RUM, wine, beer and various imported whiskey gin and vodka.

    I doan have o read and spell fuh wunna dat got sense.

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  • “We had a good run, relaxed and got burnt.”

    @ David BU

    Exactly.

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  • @ Hal,
    Our good ole Boris makes Auntie Mia look like an Einstein. What an incompetent fool he has turned out to be. This lockdown which he will shortly announce should have commenced today. Can you imagine the likely surge from this new variant as both pupils and workers struggled in for their commute journey after having returned from their long vacation.

    Expect an announcement from Auntie Mia stating that travellers from the UK will be banned. It’s what you call leading from the front.

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  • Artax

    For example, I read the contribution of a ‘BU regular,’ in which it was being implied the Jamaican national who was recently jailed for 6 months, was not being fed and hunger forced him to leave the quarantine centre. However, the news reports suggested otherwise

    What did the news report

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  • I’m going to take a ‘leaf from your book’ and ‘say,’ the onus is on you to prove me wrong.

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  • @TLSN

    Mia and Boris have one thing in common. They were both highly rated before they assumed high office, then to fail. There is a lesson there for all of us.
    Talking and throwing your arms around, or in Boris’ case, quoting Ancient Greek, does not a politician make. It comes down to policy, policy, policy. Mia is not a policy person.
    With Boris, if he does not perform he will be thrown out. Who will bell Mia’s cat?

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  • Artax u brought up the subject
    Hence u have to submit evidence of proof of your statement
    I asked for u to submit the report
    Did not say u were wring

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  • TLSN
    Leading from the front after the bottom has fallen out is not called leadership
    Such leadership is called in recovery mode

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  • Never mentioned anything about you ‘saying’ I was wrong.

    According to the December 31, 2020 edition of ‘Barbados Today,’ Dean George Scott said:

    “I went on the road to get some juice and some stuff on the 7th. They never told me I should not have gone on the road. I got a Fanta,”

    “Asked whether he had not been fed at the quarantine centre, the first-time visitor disclosed that he had asked for something to drink earlier in the morning and was told that HE SHOULD WAIT.”

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  • Mia and the BLP will prove once again why they are the right choice. Tek it light.🤐

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  • Artax
    So why would he go to get food stuff

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  • It is looking as if England will lock down for a month, similar to Scotland. Will Barbados now bar travel from the UK?

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  • “So why would he go to get food stuff.”

    The article clearly stated Scott asked for something to drink, he was told to wait, but decided instead to leave the premises and “went on the road to get some juice and SOME stuff…..”

    Perhaps you may want to indicate to me where in the article any reference was made to him going “to get food stuff.”

    Unless, you’ve chosen to interpret ‘SOME stuff” to mean ‘FOOD stuff.’

    Otherwise, just let us deal with the facts and leave out the melodramatics.

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  • @Artax

    You are aware a Fanta is slang term for ?

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @David January 4, 2021 2:44 PM

    @Artax

    You are aware a Fanta is slang term for ?

    You are so right. I completely forgot that. The whole incident makes more sense now you remind me of that.

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  • The Covid 19 briefing is at 6pm today.

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  • @ Critical

    Is this a further smear against Jamaicans? Why not look at our flawed criminal justice system in which magistrates, the lowest of tribunal judges, have a relatively free hand at sentencing.
    Why not give magistrates a sentencing limit of six months, and for longer sentences they wi have to send the accused to a higher court? It is not re-inventing the wheel.
    How about setting up a sentencing council which will lay down rules for sentencing which ALL courts must adhere to? Are we going to allow the unfortunate sentencing of this man to side-track us from discussing the vaccines and what preparations we have made to protect Barbadians.

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  • @ David BU

    ‘Fanta’ is a Jamaican term used to describe a particular type of tobacco that people usually smoke separately or mix with herb to ‘camouflage’ the scent. When I read guy bought ‘fanta,’ a soft drink was the furthest thing from my thoughts.

    If it was indeed that ‘fanta,’ then it’s obvious the media and Court thought it was the soft drink.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Artax January 4, 2021 3:35 PM
    The media maybe, but not the court. That maybe why he got the six months.

    Had he said frutee, he probably would have been deported or reprimanded and discharged for stupidity.

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  • Sometimes we have to read between the lines.

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  • Barbados recorded 211 new positive cases of COVID-19 between Friday, January 1, and Saturday, January 2, 2021, from a combined 2, 570 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Hal Austin
    Our whole sentencing process needs revamping. The only people in jail should be people posing a risk to the public or for serious crimes.

    Hopefully, now they have these tracking devices, they can get more creative with sentencing and sentence non violent offenders with geofencing for the length of the sentence. It certainly would save taxpayers some good money and free up our jails.

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  • @ Critical

    Spot on. The only problem with your suggestion, one I fully agree with, is that magistrates from working class backgrounds will not have an opportunity to brutalise people less fortunate than themselves mainly through fear of falling back in to such social situations.
    Prison performs a class function in Barbados; it has little to do with the punishment fitting the crime.

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  • Mia will be taking calls. Some of the BU moutas should call in.

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  • @ Critical Analyzer January 4, 2021 3:43 PM

    I disagree.

    ‘Fanta’ should not be confused with marijuana, nor is it deemed to be an illegal controlled substance in Barbados.

    So, even if we assumed the guy left the isolation centre to buy tobacco or a soft drink, despite his irresponsible actions, you’ll have to admit the Magistrate was a bit too harsh in sentencing him to 6 months.

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  • @Artax

    Agree with you if it had occurred pre outbreak of Covid 19. What we have to watch ihowever s the sentence the white tourist gets who tried to flee via GAIA

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  • Critical Analyzer

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/04/covid-19-update-275-people-in-insolation/

    With 170 positive from the prison, it seems the super spreader event was not the bus crawl.

    What I want to know is how many of the remaining 41 were from the bus crawl?

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  • UK in lockdown until February.

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  • @CA

    It looks that way, it does not excuse what we observed on the videos.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Not sure what the law states but Zara might get the maximum fine and deportation especially with the situation at the prison and her being negative. Assuming she had gotten her negative test result before they tried to flee the country, I don’t think she would have broken quarantine depending on the timeline.

    However, there certainly has to be some charge for trying to help her boyfriend break the law.

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