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

1,891 comments

  • NorthernObserver

    lol…ah ha….optics.
    You are likely correct. I don’t think that way naturally, so I often need reminding.

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  • Another address from the president? Is it about CoVid? Where is Dt Walcott and his CoVid team?

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  • The news numbers are trending down
    Borders remain open for visitors
    Vaccine for health care workers and govt workers policeman and all essential workers
    Wear your mask
    Back to ABc planning
    The one thing she said and what she must be challenged by media is her stating that a person cannot become infected if they come in contact with a asymptomatic person
    That is not entirely true
    I know of person who the opposite has occured from what the PM stated

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  • Dr Corey Forde, Barbados’ lone infectious diseases specialist, will be the first person to receive a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine if Government is able to secure at least four by this weekend.
    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said during an address to the nation a short while ago that Government is in deep discussion to try to secure a “handful” of vaccines in the first instance.
    The others who would receive the vaccine are Medical Officer of Health – Ports of Entry, Dr Manohar Singh, who has been “the main person doing the testing and even going on cruise ships and boats and climbing”; and Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic, according to Mottley.
    Mottley said she would receive the fourth vaccine if necessary.
    The Prime Minister said Government will have word on the four vaccines in a few hours.
    She said Government also hopes to have other vaccines available within the next four to eight weeks. ….(Quote)

    What a revelation. One for the president.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Don’t agree with the reintroduction of the alphabet system, think it will cause more crowding and lines. They only need to continue limiting the numbers in the building which I don’t think ever stopped and keep normal opening hours.

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  • Is there any policy that will get 100% support especially from the armchair critics?

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Hal Austin January 8, 2021 5:46 PM
    Good for them being the vaccine guinea pigs. They better hope they don’t have any serious adverse effects or nobody will be taking it.

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  • I am temporarily out of the COVOD-19 discussion.
    If I wait long enough the GOB will regain the upper hand; of that I am certain.
    Hopefully, at that time, the protocols will be more rigidly enforced.

    Don’t forget to wear your mask, social distance and wash your hands.

    BDS $ 6,000 is equivalent to JAM $426,102.46 (almost half of a million)
    JAM $ 6,000 is equivalent to BDS $84
    If sentencing is influenced by a person’s ability to pay, then it stands to reason that the magistrate thought the Jamaican was able to pay the $6000.00 BDS dollars. Perhaps the magistrate was talking Bajan and the other was talking Jamaican (dollars).

    It appears that whatever formula the magistrate is using needs revising.

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  • “Good for them being the vaccine guinea pigs.”
    Are they being guinea pigs? Isn’t the vaccine being used successfully in other places?
    Do the words “essential workers” come to mind?

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Maybe if they had taken the time to listen more to the armchair critics instead of assuming they more qualified and non-qualified people could not contribute, we would not be where we are today.

    One category missing from that Level 1 group for <24hour testing is any secondary or tertiary contact with symptoms.

    They are now starting to realize they have to throw their coveted rulebooks out; stop the PR and blame game; identify the problem, look at where they want to be and figure out how to get there with the least wastage of time, money and people resources. All things that require critical thinking, a level of flexibility and cutting red tape which governments fail at.

    It does not look like they had proper disaster scenarios and appropriate responses worked out. It took too long for them to catch up and get ahead of this thing. The bus crawl may have been the blessing in disguise to spur them into action.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @TheOGazerts January 8, 2021 6:20 PM

    Better them than me. Let who is pushing the vaccine be at the forefront. No long term effects testing and you will come and tell me it safe to take.

    Can I sue them if I take it and something bad happen to me in the next year or two is what i want to know?

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  • Critical Analyzer

    What we really have to do to truly get in front of this thing is to start looking at all the early treatment studies out there repurposing the cheap drugs to treat this thing before people get sick.

    We have that ability to easily catch people before they deteriorate.

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  • Four vaccines
    I thought these shipments came out in special required batches to keep updated correct stastical amounts for batches delivered to each country
    Amm not buying that four count talk
    Mia had to say something positive to calm the people nerves
    Amm four vaccines delivered to barbados
    Well that is more than punching against its weight
    Meanwhile countries like Jamaics still waiting
    Don’t think what Mia said is true because the portocols for vaccination is not set by WHO and PAHO alone but drawn up by scientist and other medical organisations worldwide
    Not only would barbados be setting an unheard precedent but one which other countries can demand
    But then again Mia lives in a world set aside and apart from reality
    Evident of how govt handling of the virus has been allowed to spread absent of being not prepared for the spike

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  • TORONTO — The Ontario government has extended all COVID-19 emergency orders until Jan. 20.

    The premier said new modelling coming early next week will paint a potentially dire scenario in the province.

    “We’re in a desperate situation, and when you see the modelling, you’ll fall out of your chair,” Ford said.

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  • If Barbados continues to allow tourist to visit it seems to me more doctors and nurses will be needed to treat patients as Covid 19 spreads.

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  • Hospital resources ‘stretched’ to provide care
    The recent outbreak of COVID-19 is taking a toll on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
    Management is reporting that while the hospital is not directly treating COVID-19 patients, its human and financial resources are severely stretched in the provision of extended care for the rising number of cases.
    This was revealed by Acting Director of Medical Services Dr Clyde Cave during a virtual press conference on Thursday.
    He explained that from a clinical standpoint the increased infections had been quite challenging, adding that staff already had their hands full with non-COVID-19-related matters. He said while the QEH had seasonal spikes in occupancy, the current numbers were uncharacteristic of the time period and he attributed this to self-neglect of people with pre-existing conditions during the lockdown last March.
    “I think you would realise that this does not come cheap and I think that you also would realise that even before this increase we were in a period of financial constraints trying to improve our efficiency. The hospital has been full recently even though there has been a seasonal variation; we have been even more occupied than usual. We attribute that to some of the change and even
    neglect that happened when we had the initial lockdown. A lot of the elderly and most vulnerable really took the advice to stay home to heart and this was to their detriment. We are now seeing the fallout from that,” said Cave.
    He pointed out that expert personnel of the QEH were running the various isolation facilities and the recent outbreak of COVID-19 at Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds had put a greater strain on those limited resources as well as the hospital’s budget.
    “The hospital is pretty maxed out. You can imagine that now having to ramp up to prepare for COVID-19, even though treatment is not at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Our expertise is what has been supporting Harrison Point, Blackman and Gollop and we have now been called upon to assist in the prison,” he said.
    “Going forward, wherever the need is, we will equally be required to respond. This is a small medical community; there is not a lot of reserve physicians with the appropriate training that we can bring in at this stage. One can appreciate also that the service staff, doctors, nurses, would require an increase in budget,” Cave said.
    (CLM)

    Source: Nation

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  • Breaching of rules ‘adds to problem’
    The continued breaching of COVID-19 protocols by visitors is proving to be one of the major obstacles in the fight to get to the bottom of the current spike of positive cases in Barbados.
    Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George said yesterday that investigations in the last few days had revealed that the breaches of quarantine had forced the Ministry of Health to find more resources to look into the four clusters of cases currently active on the island.
    George and senior medical officer Dr Arthur Phillips were guests on Starcom Network’s Down To Brass Tacks radio call-in programme along with noted virologist Dr Brendan Larder.
    George also suggested that the way Barbadians acted socially in December, letting their guard down by partying and not keeping up with protocols, also worsened the situation.
    Phillips said that even as they continued to map out the cases and contact tracing continued, they were yet to find any patient zero for each of those four clusters. He added, however, that based on the current mapping of primary contacts, they remained “optimistic” about finding the linkages to the clusters.
    The largest cluster, originating from a bus crawl on Boxing Day and attended by numerous staff members of Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds, has led to more than 120 inmates and numerous warders testing positive for COVID-19.
    Public health authorities are also actively investigating three other clusters, two on the West Coast and two other cases which have not yet produced positive cases. George, commenting on pushback regarding the country’s protocols, said the guidelines from the Pan American Health Organisation and the World Health Organisation continued to guide the way Barbados dealt with the current clusters. “The protocols have worked for us for a long period. They have
    been modified when science became available. It was only when we had issues in late December that we were put under pressure. The protocols have worked for Barbados for a long time. But internal mixing and persons starting to disobey the laws have led to . . . this situation. There have been breakdowns with regard to how the public moved around in December, with all the parties taking place,” he noted.
    “Several issues around
    Christmas time brought us to this situation. The ministry has to face this head-on.”
    George reminded Barbadians that last year health officials dealt with the COVID-19 outbreak at a school, which was contained in ten days; a cluster at the National Assistance Board in seven days; and a cluster in a church, which was also quickly contained.
    More complex
    “But this challenge is a bit more complex. There are several moving parts,” he admitted. “If there is expertise anyone wants to offer, that would be highly appropriate. Many countries are struggling with issues similar to Barbados. Many have tremendous resources and have not been able to do this. We will keep trying,” the Chief Medical Officer said.
    “We in the ministry don’t have all the answers. BAMP [Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners] have to be partners with us on this. The Barbados Nurses’ Association has to be partners on this. We want to work with these partners for the greater good. We are willing and able to hear all parties.”
    George said the burden on authorities was now being increased by people requesting PCR tests in order to leave the country.
    (BA)

    Source: Nation

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  • Mia, Bostic: Sorry for results delay
    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic both apologised to Barbadians yesterday for a breakdown in the timely return of COVID-19 test results due to the increase in swabbing done all this week.
    Both said they understood why Barbadians, in their anxiety, had flocked to know their status as it related to the disease, especially after Government indicated last week its intention to get to the bottom of contact tracing revolving around three clusters currently under investigation by public health authorities.
    All week on call-in programmes and on social media platforms, Barbadians aired their grievances regarding the time test results were being returned and a lack of information from Government.
    Bostic said the volume of testing had taken its toll.
    “I want to really apologise to all persons who have experienced delays in getting back test results. This is because of the
    high volume of tests being done at the Best-dos Santos Lab. We’ve actually exceeded the 2 000-test barrier in one day,” he said during an address from Ilaro Court, which also included chairman of Cabinet’s COVID-19 Sub-committee, Senator Dr Jerome Walcott.
    “It has created some challenges for us in compiling, processing and disseminating results,” Bostic said. “It is regrettable but it is something that is happening in all countries that are facing surges in COVID-19.”
    Mottley said Government had been burdened by the increase and stressed a lack of results did not mean the country was hiding something from citizens.
    “One of the things that happened was that a number of persons were nervous, not just who were primary or tertiary contacts, but who just wanted to have a test, and we felt and understand that anxiety but it has put a lot of pressure on the labs.
    “There is a backlog and we apologise for it,”
    the Prime Minister said, while noting that she met with public health officials trying to break down everything and “to come up with a clear categorisation of priorities for testing”. (BA)

    Source: Nation

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  • “The protocols have worked for Barbados for a long time. But internal mixing and persons starting to disobey the laws have led to . . . this situation. There have been breakdowns with regard to how the public moved around in December, with all the parties taking place,” he noted.

    There are two ideas in what follows. Don’t just bite on on of them

    1) Indeed it appears that the protocols controlling the spread of covid-19 from the new arrivals.

    2) It appears that the protocols did not (could not) factor in disobeying the laws.

    I arrive at the conclusion that follows some time ago, but I held back….. The failure that we are experiencing is not due to ineffective protocols, it is due to the outrageous behavior of people. Yes, people.

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  • “CURFEWS DOES NOT WORK IDIOTS BECAUSE THE VIRUS IS AROUND FROM BOTH ASYMPTOMATIC AND SYMPTOMATIC CARRIERS 24HRS A DAY NOT 8HRS AND CAN BE TRANSMITTED ANYTIME DURING THE 16HRS PEOPLE CAN FREELY MOVED AROUND.”

    There is some truth in the statement and if it was just a one prong approach to combating the virus then I would agree 100%.

    But a multi-prong approach is being employed.

    **New arrivals
    Testing
    Quarantining of active cases
    A second test for those who are nrgativr

    **Local population/All
    Quarantining of active cases
    Masking
    Social distancing
    Emphasizing proper hygiene

    Let us agree that no policy will be 100% effective, but surely you must agree that adherence to this approach will limit and eventually control the spread.

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  • The administration has my sympathy
    No numbers – hiding information
    Low numbers -under reporting.
    High numbers – those guys don’t know what they are doing

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  • “There is a backlog and we apologise for it,”

    Simple, self explanatory, honest and an apology.

    A reason for the backlog was also given. But most likely this will be inadequate as it doesn’t fit a sexy conspiracy theory.

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  • Theo when all is said and done you will be the last man standing on the deck trying to out this raging inferno
    Good luck

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  • The charts for this last week graphically illustrate the rapid escalation in Covid19 incidence in Barbados taken from the Worldometer site and compares the active cases in Barbados versus four Caribbean neighbours. The charts show an explosive increase in cases here and fluctuations at a high level at one week after the outbreak. N.B similar rapid increases in Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana took around 5 weeks before they were stabilized and then showed their current decreasing trend. Barbados has been in this phase for only one week so far but a variety of aggressive measures have been taken by Government to control the outbreak and it is hoped that we will see a definite trend towards consistent reductions in active cases even before 5 weeks – Lyall Small

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  • @Mariposa
    Good to see that you are still fighting the good fight.

    The best made plans can go awry, but men with intelligence can adapt and tweak the plans. I continue to have confidence in the team.

    Life goes on regardless of what side we find or place ourselves on. Time was your friend and it will be mine also.

    In the end, I hope the winners are the people of Barbados.

    Stay strong.

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  • Read the last paragraph… thousands

    “All viruses, including the one that causes Covid-19, mutate.

    These tiny genetic changes happen as the virus makes new copies of itself to spread and thrive.

    Most are inconsequential, and a few can even be harmful to the virus’s survival, but some can make it more infectious or threatening to the host – humans.

    There are now many thousands of different versions, or variants, of the pandemic virus circulating. But experts’ concerns focus on a small number of these.”

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  • Theo sumbody has to push against this leadership stubbornness
    If not the end result could lead to wholesale devastation especially amongst the poor
    Presently too many Covid fires are being lighted and not many hoses available to out them
    Stay tuned

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  • Truly I am not having trouble being “shut-in” because I love my myself. I enjoy my own company. I am astonished that there are human beings who cannot stand their own company for 96 hours. If they can’t bear their own company for 96 hours, how on earth do such people expect their spouses to bear their company for 30, 40, 50 years and more?

    No wonder there are so many divorces.

    I should have trained to become a divorce lawyer. All like now I would be filthy rich separating the idiots from their spouses AND their money.

    P.S. Even while being “shut-in” I did five hours of outdoor work yesterday. Got my daily mega dose of fresh, free vitamin D. Did not as Critical Analyzer calls them, did not have to spend a single cent with Big Pharma to do so. People are talking about Vitamin C, but it is likely that free sunshine is the principal immune system booster, and in Barbados abundant free vitamin is available to all every single day of the year. Will do another 2 hours or so of outdoor work today.

    Free vitamin D
    Free exercise
    Free food

    A sibling who lives in the great white north, and who at time was 60+ [is 70+ now] went to the doctor to get a bone density check, the doctor basically told her “get out of here”. Your bone density is that of a 19 year old. She like me spent her childhood working on the family land. My dad fell out of bed in his 90’s. People asked “did he break his hip” No he did not break anything. He got up brushed himself off, went to work on his land and lived happily for a few more years.

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  • Apparently the tourist are given a form to sign which contains the covid rules, yet the liars are appearing before the court and saying that they did not know. The form should be available on line also and in multiple languages for those few of our visitors who can’t read English. The government needs to put in big, bold red at the top of the form “we will heavily fine you if you are caught breaching the rules” and if you are not a Bajan or a permanent resident we will NEVER permit you to enter Barbados again. NEVER. That shoud take care of most of these low class scofflaws. And when I say low class know that class has nothing to do with money or with education or citizenship or color.

    Low class is lying bad behavior. There are high class maids and laborers and low class Presidents, Prime Ministers and billionaires.

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  • Beware bogus vaccines, St John warns
    Executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr Joy St John, is cautioning about the possibility of bogus vaccines reaching the region.
    She said the possibility of bogus vaccines with questionable efficacy entering the Caribbean’s supply chain was discussed a week ago when the Pan American Health Organisation, CARPHA and chief medical officers of CARICOM countries had a virtual session to review plans for the rollout of a vaccination programme.
    “We had a special session with the chief medical officers of the region and we outlined to them all of the perspectives of vaccination, including the regulatory perspectives, because we are aware that there is criminal activity in the region,” said St John, a former Chief Medical Officer of Barbados.
    “We want them to be alert and not fall into any traps with bogus vaccines. Once there are counterfeit or substandard medications, vaccines would follow.
    Supply chain
    “What we are trying to avoid is that the true vaccine is diverted when used by the criminals
    to produce the bogus vaccines, because the supply chain is corrupted when they can insert their bogus vaccine and make a ton of money that way.
    St John added: “We have the technology to detect bogus vaccines. Remember, CARPHA is part of the [medical] security cluster, so we are working with our cluster and our security contacts globally to detect them.
    “We are also planning to train the [immigration] border authorities so they would detect these things because that is how they may get in. Somebody is going to try to make it in through the border.”
    International experts warn that bogus COVID-19 vaccines could provide people with a false sense of security against the ravages of the disease and may cause injury or death.
    “We are going to rely on the countries to be alert and to share information with us if they do any bilateral arrangements [to procure vaccines],” said St John.
    “With COVAX [an international consortium of vaccine suppliers], we would be
    assured that everything is good, but if they [CARICOM states] do bilateral arrangements, we are hoping they would come to CARPHA, show us what they are planning to buy so we can trace it. We have mechanisms with the Caribbean regulatory system to check these medications and vaccines to make sure they are the real thing,” she said. (TB)

    Source: Nation

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  • Change to Category 1 testing
    Individuals who fall into Category 1 for swabbing will be accommodated at the Branford Taitt Polyclinic and the Best-dos Santos Testing Facility from tomorrow, starting at 8:30 a.m.
    The Ministry of Health and Wellness advised of this change yesterday in a press release as a result of the current logistical and staffing challenges.
    It was previously announced by health officials that the Glebe Polyclinic would be one of the two testing facilities for Category 1.
    Those in Category 1 are medical officers, primary contacts, Royal Barbados Police Force personnel, Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds staff and inmates, Barbados Defence Force personnel, all medical personnel and Immigration officers.
    Included are border security, the Barbados Port Inc., Customs officers, patients awaiting tests for medical treatment and patients in medical care facilities.
    The release also noted that additionally, the Branford Taitt and Eunice Gibson Polyclinics would be open for testing today from 8 a.m. until noon.
    (BGIS)

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  • Nuff nuff PR
    Govt feet must be held to the fire

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  • The Ministry of Health and Wellness said today that on Saturday, 70 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded, while 16 people were released from isolation.

    70 new cases

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/01/10/70-new-cases-virus/

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  • Critical Analyzer

    The time in now to put much more emphasis on treatment so we can all get on with our lives.

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  • Sandals Resort no longer de-listed
    SEVEN DAYS AFTER it was dropped as an approved quarantine hotel, Sandals has been restored to the list.
    The site visitbarbados. org is again showing the listing of Sandals Barbados Resort & Spa and Sandals Royal among those approved by Government.
    On December 29 in a press release, the Chief Medical Officer announced that Sandals was off

    the designated list from January 5 for several “verified complaints of breaches” of the COVID-19 protocols. However, regular stay at the hotel continued.
    On January 4, Senator Jerome Walcott, chair of Cabinet’s COVID-19 Subcommittee, said the hotel had corrected some issues but not all.
    The Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association later said it was liaising with the Ministry of Health and Wellness on the matter. ( AC)

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  • David;

    Holy Moses!!!

    This seems to be very serious.
    I wonder, by its timing, if it is a ploy to stir up bad blood between the USA and China since its diplomacy leakage might well be unprecedented. Or could it be fake? Any information on its provenance would be interesting! I couldn’t find any further info on Google.

    I wonder what GP’s reaction will be

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  • @Lyall

    Document sent by a source.

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  • Prominent family physician Dr Adrian Lorde has urged health authorities to stop giving Barbadians false hope and tell the truth about the fight against the virus.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/12/family-doc-seeks-answers-on-covid-19-fight/

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  • @David

    Do you know where data on annual mortality in Barbados can be found?

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  • @ David January 12, 2021 9:43 AM

    David, this is a last gasp/last grasps from the Trumpists.

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  • @Simple Simon

    As you know BU is an equal opportunity forum.

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  • One of the people who signed this diatribe to the FBI is:

    Robert S. Spalding III is a retired United States Air Force brigadier general. He currently serves as a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. The Hudson Institute is a politically conservative, American think tank based in Washington, D.C. from May 2017 to January 2018 [that is under the Trump administration he served as] Senior Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council, White House, Washington D.C.While at the National Security Council, Spalding notably wrote a memo calling for nationalizing the development of 5G wireless network. Spalding’s advocacy was reportedly deemed outside his authority and he was subsequently asked to leave the NSC.He has since been notable as a critic of China.

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  • @Dullard

    Should be with the AG’s office.

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  • Also signing the diatribe is Randy Hillier.

    Hillier’s education: Hillier is a licensed construction electrician with a diploma in electrical engineering technology from Algonquin College. Algonquin College is NOT the same as Harvard College.

    In June 2020, Hillier came under fire for appearing to trivialize Minister Ahmed Hussen’s experience with racism, when in response to a CTV article where Hussen discussed experiences of prejudice while shopping, Hillier tweeted “A guilty conscience?” The tweet has since been deleted but has been met with sharp criticism online and multiple accusations of racism, including by Andrea Horwath who commented “At a time when Black people are protesting for their lives, you’re denying the reality of Black, Indigenous and racialized people.” That same month he took part in a rally protesting COVID-19 lockdown measures in Ontario at Queen’s Park, and was later condemned by [Conservative] Premier Doug Ford who described Hillier’s participation in the rally as “totally irresponsible” and said it goes against “what everybody has been working for.”

    In October 2020, Kingston public health officials sent a letter to Hillier expressing concerns regarding his spreading of disinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. Hillier had previously refused to say whether he thought the pandemic was real, said he was anti-mask and likened the pandemic to a bad flu season. He had also asserted on Twitter that public health officials were guilty of crimes against humanity.

    On November 26, 2020, Hillier organized an anti-COVID-19 lockdown rally at Queen’s Park. [Ontario’s provincial government meets at Queen’s Park] Unlike the first such rally that Hillier organized (on October 21), this rally led to Hillier being issued a court summons by police, for violating the lockdown restrictions in place in Toronto at the time, which limited outdoor gatherings to 10 people. His court date is set for January 7, 2021.

    On December 29, 2020, Hillier tweeted a Christmas photo of a gathering at his home with 15 people from multiple households. At the time, Ontario was in a province-wide lockdown and the number of people allowed to gather indoors had been restricted to only members of a family living in the same household.

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  • @ Dullard

    Normally, it should be available from the statistics department, the CMO’s office, the coroner’s office, the coroner’s officer, the registrar of births, marriages and deaths, etc.
    Maybe Liz Thompson will give us up-to-date figures. We also want the causes of death.

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  • @ David

    Are you referring to the Registry?

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  • @Dullard

    The ministries of Attorney General and Home Affairs.

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  • Simon Dolan also signed

    On 1 May 2020, Simon Dolan started proceedings to challenge the UK Government’s lockdown decision, suggesting the Government had acted illegally and disproportionately over the COVID-19 lockdown. He began a crowdfunding campaign to fund the proposed action, writing on the crowdfunding page: “By forcing people to stay at home, and forcing businesses to close, they are, we believe, in contravention of basic Human Rights offered under English Law, that of the right to enjoy your property peacefully.” As of 10 June it had raised over £210,000 with almost 7,000 people contributing.

    On 6 July 2020, Dolan was initially refused permission for judicial review by the Honourable Mr Justice Lewis, who said the governments actions were legitimate because they had the good intention in mind of wanting to reduce the spread of the virus. On 9 July, Dolan launched an appeal against the decision.

    Dolan’s appeal against the initial decision was successful and on 5 August the Court of Appeal ruled that the challenge against the UK Government lockdown would continue to be heard with Lord Justice Hickinbottom who stated that he was persuaded that the grounds should be considered by the full court in open court, and the claimants “given an opportunity to make good their case, at least on arguability”. The Judicial Review will now proceed to a rolled-up hearing expected to be held at the Court of Appeal during the week commencing on 28 September.

    On 14 September 2020, Dolan’s judicial review legally challenged the then new UK rule of a limit of six people per group otherwise known as the rule of six.

    Dolan joined forces with wedding venue operator Cripps Barn Group Ltd to halt the Government’s latest lockdown. On 15 October there was an Interim Injunction Hearing that was denied by the Judge. Following this hearing, the Speaker of the House Sir Lindsay Hoyle intervened in the case because it raises issues of ‘constitutional importance’

    On 29 October 2020, Dolan was suspended from Twitter after he expressed concern about plans for Chinese involvement in the HS2 project and the building of 5G infrastructure. Twitter later reinstated the account saying it had been suspended in error.

    On 1 December, it was ruled that the Government should not face a Judicial Review regarding the initial lockdown measures. Dolan is now seeking permission to escalate to the Supreme Court.

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  • Anybody can write to the FBI. After all the FBI’s contact information is in the public domain. Anybody can ask for an expedited investigation, but the bright women and men of the FBI will decide whether an investigation is warranted.

    And just because a bunch of people send a 40 page letter that does not mean it warrants an investigation, no more that if you or I had sent the FBI a single sentence.

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  • You Tube video.

    Koffee – Lockdown (Official Video)

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  • Ontario COVID-19 cases at ‘dangerous point,’ models show, as new restrictions to be announced

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-modelling-jan-12-1.5868797

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  • @Hal

    Thanks. I do not see anything online. The Barbados Statistical Service does not have a functioning website in 2021 which is totally absurd.

    On another note…
    Is the govt’s testing regime in order? Perhaps they should make sure it is before they fling open the door to more tourists.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/12/negative-covid-test-required-to-enter-england-from-friday

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  • @ Dullard

    I am sure there is a reasonable explanation for this, but it raises suspicions.

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  • … And not just the testing regime but the entire protocol framework. This new directive from the UK has the potential to cause even more problems beyond putting strain on testing capacity. For example,
    The rules will also apply to British nationals, who would need to stay abroad and follow local rules on self-isolation if testing positive

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  • ” British nationals in Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and St Lucia can return home without a negative COVID-19 result, at least until January 21.”

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  • If the Gov’t is so forward looking as to establish a primary site and several alternative or satellite treatment centres to treat those who tested positive for the virus why is it relying on a single lab to complete the testing of samples for this disease? One of the lessons of 9/11 is for private as well as public corporations to have “back up” which means the ability for work to continue in the event of accident, unrest or natural disaster. There should be another lab contracted to perform testing and they could both act as each other’s “back up”.

    A single lab is a liability as the very work environment could expose workers to organisms that could make them sick and compromise and delay the completion of tests. It is not surprising that it is having problems given the recent uptick in volume as the staff is probably overworked and overwork in a lab is a recipe for disaster.

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  • @ Sargeant,

    More lock down in Ontario. Here watching CP24. Major announcements coming.

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  • Ontario Declares Second Provincial Emergency to Address COVID-19 Crisis and Save Lives
    Province Issues Stay-at-Home Order and Introduces Enhanced Enforcement Measures to Reduce Mobility

    https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59922/ontario-declares-second-provincial-emergency-to-address-covid-19-crisis-and-save-lives

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  • @Hants

    The lockdown easier to take in winter although I go for an occasional walk, but you can walk your dog

    Did you read about the woman in Sherbrooke Quebec who put a dog collar on her husband and “walked” him to break curfew? We won’t talk about the optics of a man doing the same to a woman but it is a funny story, not so funny to the couple they were each fined $1500.00 for breaking curfew

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  • COVID-19 UPDATE: Barbados records 84 new cases

    The island recorded 84 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/01/12/covid-19-update-barbados-records-84-new-cases-9-leaves-isolation/

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  • CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States. Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19.

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  • COVID-19 SPOTS IDENTIFIED
    The following are the COVID-19 clusters outlined by Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic during last night’s press briefing.
    West Coast 86 positive cases – two persons associated with 25 of these cases; West Coast bar – 27 positives Paradise beach lime – 18 positive cases Two West Coast restaurants – 11 and five cases; Catamaran cruise – seven positive cases; West Coast hotel one and two – six and five cases; Other businesses associated with the cluster – 33 cases Northern church – three cases linked to the West Coast cluster.
    Bus crawl – 16 positive cases South Coast – four positive cases.

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  • Jamaica 2020 population is estimated at 2,961,167 people at mid year

    Barbados 2020 population is estimated at 287,375 people at mid year according to UN data

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  • @Hant

    All countries are fighting a war against the virus. Balancing Livelihoods and Public Heath.

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  • @ David,

    In Ontario here I live.

    ” As of tomorrow, residents will have to stay home except for essential purposes such as grocery shopping, accessing health care and exercising.”

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  • @Hants

    Heard from a friend over there yesterday.

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  • It’s very difficult to get a grasp of how things are in Barbados.

    However, I still have confidence in the team.

    Let me use a silly saying… Things will be out of control until we get them under control.

    Come on guys.

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  • Pingback: Fighting the Good Fight Against Covid 19 | Barbados Underground

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  • David;
    The authorities appear to be having some difficulty in disseminating cogent information on the spread and development of the pandemic in Barbados. Here are some suggestions whereby this might be improved:-

    Develop a new dashboard that would reflect the same info on the current daily GIS dashboard as they are discussing on the “every-other-day” press conferences. i.e. the data being discussed would be the last data generated.

    Use the new dashboard to give some clarity to the often bewildering data from different experts at the press conferences; i.e. use the dashboard as a backdrop for the information being discussed.

    Segregate and publish the incidence of local and imported cases . This would, in one fell swoop, give some indication of the dynamics of daily and running totals of case incidence in these 2 very different locales.

    Consider adding the following info to the official dashboards:
    Date of test reporting;
    Imported vs. Local cases;
    Active cases
    Number of available beds per covid quarantine site, ventilator equipped beds, PPE equpment,
    Clusters (by name); New daily cases; cumulative cases; number of cases released from quarantine.

    The Regular Press conferences should be no more than half hour preceding the News at 7:00:PM unless. Press conferences for discussion of policy and new information could be in any format necessary but if data on case incidence is being presented the Dashboard for that date should be used.

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  • @Lyall

    That is correct. Dr. Anton Best was frank in the admission such is the case.

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  • Talks ongoing with suppliers
    Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Attorney General Dale Marshall and Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic are among the first few people in Barbados to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
    This was announced yesterday evening by Mottley during her public address, in which she said Government was in serious negotiations with suppliers and groups to get the drug.
    “I am happy to report that in the course of last few days five medical people at the front line have taken the first dose of the vaccination and myself, the Minister of Health and the Attorney General are the three other people who took it, and I am due to take the second dose in a few weeks’ time.”
    She said Government had meetings this week with different suppliers and groups about accessing the drug.
    In addition, she pointed out that Government was working with the Covax Facility to get initial
    doses of the vaccine but said it would only be for 20 per cent of the population and the supply would be given throughout the year, with the initial vaccinations being given to only three per cent of the population.
    Those would be for front-line workers and vulnerable people and should be on island at the end of January, she reported.
    However, Mottley announced that the African Medical Supplies platform, which had secured 270 million doses for African states, had contacted Government yesterday to assist Caribbean nations.
    Mottley noted that the Caribbean community had two weeks to determine whether or not they wanted to participate.
    Recognising the scepticism of some people about the vaccine, the Prime Minister said a public education exercise would be rolled out over the course of the next few weeks.
    She also assured Barbadians
    that Government was in a heightened state of negotiations to secure the drug “so that some level of normalcy can come back to Barbados as soon as possible”.
    (MB)

    Source: Nation

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  • Diabetes body worried about positive cases
    The spike in positive cases of COVID-19 has become a concern for the Diabetes and Hypertension Association of Barbados (DHAB).
    Public relations officer of the association Kim Clarke said there was an association between the coronavirus and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
    “While no detailed information regarding the seven deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Barbados has been released by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, it has been established that all of the persons had at least one NCD and were 59 years and older,” she said in a statement.
    “This is of concern to The Diabetes and Hypertension Association of Barbados as it has been reported based on other countries’ experiences with COVID-19, that persons who have a non-communicable disease may have worse outcomes. We encourage all persons living with non-communicable diseases to continue their self-management to control their blood sugar and blood pressure as well as engage in healthy behaviours, take medications, engage in physical activity and seek medical attention when appropriate,” she said.
    The DHAB also provided other tips for individuals living with NCDs.
    • Establish and maintain strict personal hygiene.
    Sanitise hands with soap and water or with alcohol based hand rub as per current guidelines.
    • Avoid touching your face if your hands are
    unclean Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a disposable tissue, which must be disposed of immediately after use.
    • Minimise physical interaction with others.
    • Minimise contact with individuals outside your household.
    • Purchase sufficient food, supplies,
    and medication.
    • Minimise the number of times you have to leave
    home; get items delivered if you can
    • Make work as safe as possible.
    • Work from home if you can or if your
    employer allows.
    • In work settings, maintain the recommended
    distance from work colleagues and customers
    • Minimise risk when out in public.
    • Maintain a distance of at least two metres/
    six feet from others.
    • Wear a mask or face covering to cover both your
    nose and mouth.
    • Adjust schedules to avoid busy times in
    public places.
    • Take advantage of dedicated shopping times
    for vulnerable individuals if available.

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  • Attached are graphs for the most recent data. For Barbados, positive cases are fluctuating and seem to be trending downwards but it is too early to make such a call definitively especially since the data might not accurately represent the situation on the actual dates to which the cases are attributed. A clearer picture should be available in a few weeks time – Lyall Small

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  • Critical Analyzer

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  • You try to put words in people’s mouth and then try to pedal way from your lying words

    You take the smallest point and then act as if you have Gideon’s trumpet

    You will not let a ‘debate’ die a decent death. You carry-on until only your voice is heard (last word, in your mind, you won)

    You update your resume every few weeks on BU.

    I will not mention name calling/dropping.

    I spent some time on you this morning. Hopefully, you will mend your ways.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @lyallsmall January 14, 2021 1:44 PM

    I fully agree with you on the structure of the press conferences. The presentations should be mostly prepared as the various speakers can tend to get carried away sometimes.

    I also agree in principle with your assertion of needing a new dashboard however your dashboard is still too detailed for my liking and should be focused on active cases. Showing Total Cases confuses the numbers and scares people.

    1) The dashboard should show numbers in columns as follows
    Today’s Changes – New Positive Cases, New Recoveries, New Deaths, Outstanding Tests
    Active Cases Breakdown – Mild Condition, Serious Condition
    Total Cases Breakdown – Imported Cases, Local Cases, Community Cases, Under Investigation

    2) The historical statistics can be left to Worldometer like (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/barbados/) which are already taking our official numbers from the GIS website/facebook page and providing wonderful histograms.

    3) Definitions, Frequently Asked Questions and Current Health Guidelines

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  • @CA

    What is your view of the utility of a dashboard with the backlog we have? It means by the time active cases are know the quarantine/isolation terms have been served?

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @David January 17, 2021 12:31 PM

    What is your view of the utility of a dashboard with the backlog we have?

    Dashboards work extremely well but only when they show the correct stats. Showing the backlog number under Today’s Updates in my dashboard solves the trust and confidence problems the authorities currently have since everyone the world over can see the backlog numbers and how they change on a daily basis over time.

    It means by the time active cases are know the quarantine/isolation terms have been served?

    Test delays become less of an issue if they properly prioritize tests according to a risk stratification process like what Dr. Zelenko used to figure out which of his patients to treat and monitor closely when he encountered testing delays of several days.

    Our authorities said they prioritize based on job and exposure level. Commonsense would also dictate they treat symptomatic people awaiting test as level urgent but I don’t know if that is being done since they have not specifically stated if that is done as part of their initial assessment at testing sites.

    Our sole focus must be on identifying and treating symptomatic people and monitoring their blood oxygen levels to catch them in the early in case they are on the road from mild to serious condition. I bet the only reason we have not had anyone die since last March/April is because our isolate and monitor all positive cases policy has allowed them to catch persons and quickly treat them while they are on the decline.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Our authorities are only going to regain their credibility if they use a simple, robust, daily case statistics reporting standard.

    All the fancy speeches and interviews mean nothing to people like me and Hal who use what and how you choose to report your statistics to gauge your credibility.

    Political and PR spin does not work in any pandemic, only honest up-to-date and accurate statistics do. Good, bad or ugly does not matter, only numbers because people are basing their decisions on those numbers. Sooner or later you will be found out if you try to hid.

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  • Covid-19 death probe
    HEALTH AUTHORITIES are investigating a possible COVID-19 death of an elderly man while a non-national is in critical condition with the virus.
    Last night, Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic informed the nation about the death of the 84-year-old, revealing that he went to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) not feeling well and died while being evaluated in the Accident & Emergency Department. The man, he said, had a long history of lung disease and chronic noncommunicable diseases.
    His passing is possibly the eighth since the first death was recorded on April 4, 2020, when another elderly man went to QEH feeling unwell. The last recorded COVID-19 death was in May.
    After the death of the 84-year-old, “exercising an abundance of caution and thoroughness”, the medical staff took blood samples for COVID-19 and the results were positive, Bostic said.
    “I wish to caution the public that at this stage we can only say that the death may be COVID-19 related as the precise cause of death, whether from COVID or complication
    from his other illnesses, cannot be ascertained until the completion of a post mortem,” he said.
    Precaution
    The minister assured Barbadians that every precaution was being taken and all recommended safety protocols were being followed, while contact tracing was in progress for the medical personnel who handled the case as well as with the deceased’s family members.
    “Evidence available to the ministry at this time indicates that the source of the case will be easily traced,” said Bostic.
    He also delivered more bad news, announcing that a young non-Barbadian female was in critical condition at the isolation facility at Harrison Point, St Lucy.
    “Having recorded no deaths from COVID-19 in Barbados in recent months, this is indeed sad news,” he said.
    Bostic renewed appeals to follow the safety guidelines to wear masks properly, sanitise and stay six feet apart.
    Barbados was maintaining
    a steady but low number of COVID-19 cases following the reopening of the country on June 15 after a two-and-a-half month shutdown. However, the number shot up from 383 cases at December 30, 2020, to 1 095 as of last Friday.
    (AC)

    Source: Nation

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