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.


Covid 19

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

COVID 19

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

2,454 comments

  • @CA
    I asked for a reputable source to support what you wrote and you provided a website, now I like my information in small digestible bites and if you managed to slog through all the info I say good for you but the first thing I looked at was the “Disclaimer page” and I saw the following;
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    COVID-19 is a serious disease whose outcome depends on numerous factors including pre-existing conditions and timing of treatment. No guarantees can be made that users who choose with their physicians to employ recommendations on this site will experience benefit or not suffer adverse effects. The science of this illness is constantly changing and the coronavirus is mutating with unknown effects on treatment recommendations. Patients can have unique comorbidities, sensitivities or individual reactions to treatments. Patients assume the risks of treatment choices. Unquote
    +++
    There are a few more similar to the above but that told me all I need to know

    Next you posted a video about the helpful affects of vitamin D, note I never disputed the positive affects of vitamin D, however you wrote the following:

    “‘Follow the Science’. The beach is the safest place to be. They should be encouraging people to go to beach, get sun and play games. Between the wind, clean air, uv rays, high humidity and extremely high salt content in the air, the beach is an extremely hostile environment for the virus, much more so than locked up in your house”
    +++++
    Did you mean to say Vitamin D is beneficial? If so, why does one need to go to the beach to absorb vitamin D or the other elements? Can’t I get the same working in my garden; washing my car or sitting in my backyard? Aren’t there inherent risks in mingling with people playing games on the beach?

    Looka, I was watching an Attenborough offering and interrupted it to write this response, yuh lucky that I can recall it later.

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  • The COVID-19 Update and Press Conference which was rescheduled for 8 p.m. has been postponed until 11 a.m. tomorrow. Government has apologised for the delay

    A nine-year-old is among three people who passed away as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the number of deaths to 28, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said a short while ago.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/02/16/nine-year-old-among-three-new-covid-related-deaths/

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  • Cuhdear BajanFebruary 16, 2021 8:34 PM A number of my friends and relatives in Barbados, Canada, England and the United States have taken a Covid vaccine, None of them have grown 3 heads yet.

    But Cuhdear,. It is AstraZeneca, the Viagra people.

    With all the negative crap out there, you could at least have started a positive rumour, by inferring that another problem AROSE and takes time to recede.

    Then, there would be a mad rush for the vaccines.

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  • @Crusoe
    But Cuhdear,. It is AstraZeneca, the Viagra people.
    ++++++++
    Seems like you had some extremely potent liquers or was inhaling some funny tabacky, the world knows ( maybe with one exception) that PFIZER is to be blamed for Viagra.

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  • @Sargeant

    Should the blogmaster be impressed you appear very familiar with Pfizer and one of its most sought after products by men in your age group?

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  • I hear from some on the blog Waru etc, about systemic racism ,white privilege and so on, in Canada we have put racialized communities ahead of 75 yr olds in the que for the covid vaccine, in some cases a reward for bad behavior . I didnt see any body mentioning it but that hardly seems like what racists do. Is there any sense that barbados will put in a similar policy for its minorities, what if there was a massive outbreak in the white community…who would make the sun come up.?

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  • Such a silly comment.

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  • @David

    Here I am trying to correct the record and you dissing me with a remark about men of my age and our familiarity and proclivity in the usage of a certain bedroom enhancer. Wunnah young pups can’t fool me, we don’t have to impress anyone, however if the purchasers of that product can be categorized by age group guess who would make up the largest number of purchasers?

    BTW how old was Methuselah when he fathered his last child?

    I rest my case 😊

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  • Not silly I have heard total vile comments on whites all month but you guys never see the forest for the trees, I think you finally cracked old Adrian trying nothing more than being helpful never a harsh word on race, I think he finally got sick of hearing what bad people we are.

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  • @Sargeant We think you doth protest too much LOL.

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  • @ Lawson February 17, 2021 9:43 AM
    “…… what if there was a massive outbreak in the white community…who would make the sun come up.?”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wow, and wow, again!!

    That has to be the ‘darkest’ of the best of your undercover ‘coloured’ jokes to date.

    In the light of ‘black’ ignorance you have placed your chosen people even above the supremacy God.

    And you might just be a bit taken aback to find out that black people themselves especially those living in their brain-damaged cocoon of congenital ignorance called Barbados actually see you guys as the embodiment of Yahweh through his only begotten white son called Jesus.

    But just remember the same way did the same SUN set on many empires including the British one, so too will IT set on the same melanin-deprived or bleached or white-washed ‘out’ race for their ‘costly’ technological acts committed for their own anthropological survival and which are, inadvertently, fast contributing to the acceleration of global warming and hence to their own demise as a sub-species of homo sapiens.

    It’s simply a matter for Father Time which will surely outlived even your god Yahweh as HE has done to the likes of Zeus, Baal, Jupiter and many of their ilk.

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  • LOL Miller so I will put you down as you agree, in the near term , but you are right when the hispanics take over the world the ones in Texas will surely get rid of Al Gore for his green house effect ,

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  • SargeantFebruary 17, 2021 9:21 AM Crusoe But Cuhdear,. It is AstraZeneca, the Viagra people. +++++++
    Seems like you had some extremely potent liquers or was inhaling some funny tabacky, the world knows ( maybe with one exception) that PFIZER is to be blamed for Viagra.

    Sargeant, my error, of course. Mixed the two up. But you said ‘blamed for Viagra’. Surely that should be praised?

    Surely any company that can raise the dead, can assist the living?

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  • https://www.nationnews.com/2021/02/17/live-updates-covid-management-february-17-2021/

    There are 40 minors in Barbados’ COVID isolation facilities: 17 males and 23 females

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  • Critical Analyzer

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  • Viral test backlog declared over – Bostic – Viral test backlog declared over – Bostic: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/02/18/viral-test-backlog-declared-over-bostic/

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Minister Bostic should not have to be declaring this.

    The number of tests outstanding as well as the number of serious cases should be on the Daily dashboard.

    They are still doing too much PR.

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  • “Only” 39 new cases of Covid19 discovered yesterday. The test results are from Febuary 9 to 17.

    54 people recovered and have gone home to their families.

    9115 people have been vaccinated, including 2432 who were vaccinated today.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/02/18/covid-19-update-39-new-cases-54-recoveries/

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  • COVID vaccines the talk of CARICOM’s mid-term summit – COVID vaccines the talk of CARICOM’s mid-term summit: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/02/19/covid-vaccines-the-talk-of-caricoms-mid-term-summit/

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  • Attached are charts for the week ending today Friday 19th. I added a new chart on percent positivity for the data from 23rd January because of a post by Cuhdear bajan. The last 5 or six weeks have been quite traumatic for Barbados re. deaths and almost every other parameter. Rapidly escalating cases and deaths as well as lack of an essential reagent for tests led to some problems including some inaccurate / late reporting of some test results. It appears that most of those problems have now been overcome and it is hoped that the trajectory of the positivity percentages and some other data will become evident over the next few weeks. In the meantime, Barbados’ active cases are currently trending upwards, an unwonted characteristic it shares only with Jamaica amongst the 6 countries being monitored – Lyall Small

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  • Don’t ‘just walk in’
    DON’T SHOW UP at vaccination centres without an appointment.
    National coordinator of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic and Major David Clarke both made that plea yesterday following the overwhelming number of people who appeared at some of the centres in recent days.
    During an address to the country, Bostic said that as of midday yesterday, 16 111 vaccines had been administered and that he was confident they would exceed 20 000 before the week ended.
    He said while Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley was working towards getting more vaccines for every citizen and long-stay visitors, Bostic warned the public not to bombard the facilities unannounced.
    “While I appreciate there is a new and aggressive interest in and desire to become vaccinated, I would like to appeal to you not to rush the centres. The vaccination programme is being rolled out in a very structured and deliberate manner. . . there is no need for you to show up at centres without appointment and wait in the sun for hours.
    “Those of you with appointments will be given priority at the centres, so if you do not have an appointment and you still want to pop by a centre and ‘try a thing’, I caution you to know and understand that during this week those with appointments and the elderly and those with known vulnerabilities will be tended to first,” Bostic said.
    The minister made these comments after Clarke spoke to the DAILY NATION about some of the concerning number of ‘walk-ins’ noticed recently.
    “We have been doing the vaccination by different categories, and the categories we are doing at present are the over 70 and people who were listed as front-line workers in the essential services.
    “However, what has been happening sometimes is that only three out of every ten people have an appointment and the other seven people are walkins. We scheduled for example 80 people for an appointment at West Terrace School [on Thursday] and about 400 showed up.
    “And when I went to West Terrace myself, I asked how many people had appointments in the line and there were only three people out of 100 people, so that is the situation we are in,” Clarke said stressing that those without appointments risked wasting their time.
    “One of the reasons we won’t publish the schedule for centres is that people will show up. We had people show up at West Terrace today but West Terrace is not a vaccine centre and we could not have given anyone an appointment for today,” he said.
    In addition to completing the remaining front-line workers, Clarke said they were about to start immunising a new category from this week, that included those between 18 and 69 years with chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
    “From tomorrow we will be doing people from 18 to 69 who have chronic NCDs and who were approved by a medical committee. So my staff are presently telephoning those people to set their appointments. However, we also have several front-line workers; gas station attendants and supermarket workers we are trying to get through and there were some people from the military and the police who were awaiting COVID-19 test results, but we could not give them the vaccine until they got back their results.
    “So people should not come for their vaccines
    until they have received a call, because if they do, it overwhelms the system,” he stressed.
    Yesterday scores of people were at the Alexandra School in St Peter, the Branford Taitt Polyclinic in Black Rock, St Michael and the St Philip Polyclinic in Six Roads waiting to be vaccinated. (TG)

    Source: Nation

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  • Covid vaccines have had a significant impact on the risk of serious illness in Scotland, an analysis shows.
    The work led by Public Health Scotland found by the fourth week after the first dose hospitalisations were reduced by 85% and 94% for the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs respectively.
    It is the first sign of the real world impact of the Covid vaccination programme in the UK.
    Figures for England are expected to be released later.
    Among the over 80s, the combined figure was an 81% reduction.
    The preliminary data from the EAVE II project covers 1.14 million vaccinations given between 8 December and 15 February.
    Lead researcher Prof Aziz Sheikh said: “These results are very encouraging and have given us great reasons to be optimistic for the future.”….(Quote)

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  • Covid vaccines – ‘spectacular’ impact on serious illness
    The first results of the UK vaccination programme suggests it is having a “spectacular” impact on preventing serious illness. Research led by Public Health Scotland found at four weeks after the first dose, hospital admissions were reduced by 85% and 94% for the Pfizer and AstraZeneca jabs respectively. It is the first sign of the real world impact of vaccination in the UK. Figures for England are expected to be released later. Among the over 80s, there was an overall 81% reduction in the numbers admitted to hospital.
    More here: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-56153600

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  • @Hal Austin February 22, 2021 5:53 AM….(Quote)”

    If you wish to inform and educate others just writing (quote) is not good enough. You need to add your exact source, name of book, magazine or journal, name of author, date of publication, name of publisher, so that other people can check and verify what you have quoted. With items published online it is typically enough to just add the link which includes the information which I have indicated.

    You get a D- this time. Please follow the correct form next time.

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  • Covid19 deaths per million in CARICOM states, associated states, and their major trading partners, and the neighboring French territories Martinique and Guadaloupe:

    UK 1770
    USA 1538
    Belize 781
    Canada 571
    Bahamas 452
    Guadaloupe 395
    Turks & Caicos 358 [an associated state]
    Suriname 285
    Guyana 240
    Montserrat 200 [a single person died, but Montserrat has a tiny population of 5,000 people]
    Bermuda 193 [an associated state]
    St. Luciam168
    Jamaica 133
    Antigua 132
    Martinique 120
    Barbados 108
    Trinidad 99
    St. Vincent 54
    British Virgin Islands 33 [an associated state]
    Cayman Islands 30 [an associated state]
    Haiti 21
    Grenada 9
    Anguilla 0 [an associated state]
    Dominica 0
    St. Kitts 0

    But we can still catch up with the mother country and the countries of the great white north if we play the @ss and refuse to mask up properly, hand wash, keep 6 feet away from other people, and if we refuse to be vaccinated.

    So what do we do?

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  • solation delay
    Worry over holdup in process after positive Covid tests
    SOME COVID-19 POSITIVE Barbadians say they are waiting and waiting at home to be picked up and taken into isolation.
    They are concerned that after receiving the bad news, their ordeal was further compounded by not receiving immediate attention.
    The shocking news that a 97-year-old woman was caring for her son for the last ten days after authorities failed to collect him to take him to an isolation facility led to a flood of other similar revelations on social media and in traditional media.
    Friends of the elderly woman had alerted the Nation newspaper after attempts to get health officials to respond to the old woman’s plight and up to last night she was still caring for her son at home.
    Another woman who spoke to the MIDWEEK NATION said her mother was tested during the first week of February when manual testing was taking place because of the lack of reagent. The results came back positive ten days later but the woman was only collected on Sunday, four days later.
    Three cases
    In the meantime, three others in her household ended up with the virus and they too were taken away on Sunday after much back and forth. They remain in isolation while the elderly mother was assessed and discharged soon after being taken to the facility.
    The family was concerned there was no swift action to treat their mother, knowing she was in her 80s, and, therefore vulnerable.
    “She intensified her use of things like lemon grass. The doctor told her to drink water and eat oranges,” one of her children said, adding that her mother followed the instruction.
    The family was further upset when the collection call eventually came but the soldier had no idea about whom he was picking up and after several checks the entire COVID-19 positive household was taken away.
    Barbadians have been expressing concern that the longer it takes to collect an infected person, the greater the chance of COVID-19 being spread to others. They suggested that it would be a challenge for those who are infected to stay put within their homes and that could spell disaster.
    In response to the questions about the lack of collection, Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic said yesterday the process was complex.
    “I cannot provide the many answers at this time. It is a complex process which does not only involve transport,” he said.
    On Sunday he touched on the issue in part during an address to the country stating that he was aware of some of the inconveniences.
    Higher numbers
    He said then: “The numbers we have been dealing with in recent days and weeks are unprecedented. Not overwhelming, but much higher than what we were dealing with before and the transport of COVID-19 positive persons requires special sterile vehicles
    and protocols if the transport teams are to be kept safe.
    “We are continuously working to reduce the wait time and have augmented the transportation system. There will be more buses pressed into action so that we can improve on the times that people are waiting before collection. I also want to reiterate that after conversations with the Prime Minister this weekend, we have agreed that the Government of Barbados is prepared to put persons whose living conditions may be over crowded into a quarantine hotel while they are waiting for their results.”
    In addition, he said the ministry was working on a programme from Monday to put in place arrangements for persons whose home accommodation did not allow for easy separation and quarantining. (AC)

    Source: Nation

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  • Attached are updated charts for the last week ending yesterday. The positivity charts are based on the official data reported to Worldometer. It should be recognized that test data up to about 1 week ago suffered from problems caused primarily by lack of a reagent for automatic testing. The positivity data seems to be now trending downwards. If this can be maintained for 2 weeks the Government can declare that the pause and stop actions have worked. Jamaica’s active cases have shown a consistent increase over the last several weeks and are now at their highest levels – Source: Lyall Small

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  • another 44 people testing positive for the viral illness on Friday, February 26

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  • Critical Analyzer

    A must-watch interview, presentation and Q&A, especially for doctors and journalists pertaining to COVID treatment at all stages including Long COVID experienced by the long haulers.

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  • ‘Don’t blame soldiers’ for delays
    By Maria Bradshaw mariabradshaw@
    nationnews.com
    Do not blame the Barbados Defence Force (BDF) soldiers for the lengthy delay in collecting COVID-19-positive people and the non-delivery of care packages to some areas.
    While several Barbadians have been publicly venting about the time it has been taking soldiers to pick them up from their homes to transport them to quarantine facilities, the army men who have been tasked by Government to lead the COVID-19 fight from the frontline said some Barbadians were indisciplined.
    “Almost every day we have a work sheet containing 30 names of individuals to pick up all over Barbados and most of the time we are only picking up half of those people,” a soldier explained.
    He said some people were giving wrong telephone numbers, but most of all they were “tardy and unprofessional”, particularly when it came to the arranged times for collection.
    “We have gone to people’s homes and have to wait sometimes half an hour to an hour for people to come out and board the bus. Sometimes when we get to the homes we are hearing that the person is not there – that they went to the supermarket or they went to pay a bill.
    “Then we have people who are boarding the bus with sometimes four and six suitcases and we have to wait until they pack all of their belongings on the bus because we are not supposed to touch the bags,” said a soldier who transports people to isolation and quarantine facilities.
    Inaccessible
    He said because Transport Board buses were being used for collection, there were some areas which were inaccessible to the buses.
    “So we would arrange with people to meet us on the front road and we would be parked sometimes waiting for hours for them to get there,” he lamented.
    In terms of the care packages, he said the soldiers had done a valiant job so far in delivering more than 40 000 packages.
    “So when people complain that we have not delivered to their area, it is just a case where we have not gotten to that place as yet or we are replenishing.”
    A senior BDF officer said they were proud of how the army had operated during the COVID-19 pandemic last year and this year, pointing out that the more than 400 members of every unit had been involved in the process.
    “This is one of the biggest battles which we have fought in recent times,” he said, pointing out that the soldiers had been deployed to almost every aspect of the fight against COVID-19.
    “We are responsible for transporting people to quarantine and isolation facilities; we have been tasked with sorting, packing and delivering the care packages; we are working with the [University] students in the Seek And Save Operation, and we are also doing various operations with the police,” he said, pointing out that one of the highlights so far was how the BDF dealt with the widespread infection of the virus at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, which resulted in the army managing the jail for a few weeks.
    “The army has called out all of its troops – the Coast Guard, the reserves, the cadets and the sports programme – to help in this fight. It is all hands on deck. We have soldiers working beyond the call of duty and working extremely long hours to get the job done,” he added.
    On Thursday during her national address to the country, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, said the care package distribution programme had been affected by COVID-19, but she reiterated her trust and confidence in the army to get the job done.
    Asked to comment on how the army was coping with the multiple tasks it was undertaking during this time, Lieutenant Shímar Gollop, Staff Officer Civil Military Affairs said: “The Barbados Defence Force is committed to achieving all its assigned tasks as part of the joint inter-agency framework, engaged in the national fight against COVID-19.”

    Source: Nation

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  • COVAX vaccines for region
    Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean countries are set to receive vaccines to cover a proportion of 16 per cent to 20 per cent of their populations.
    In a press release yesterday from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), it was stated that on Friday, the COVAX Facility announced its final allocation of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Barbados, 100 800 doses; St Lucia, 74 400 doses; 40 800 doses to Antigua and Barbuda; 21 600 doses to St Kitts and Nevis; 45 600 doses to Grenada; 28 800 doses to Dominica; and 45 600 doses to St Vincent and the Grenadines.
    The release stated the PAHO Revolving Fund for Vaccines (RFV) would procure and deliver the COVAX vaccines which the countries would start receiving in March, if all the conditions are met.
    The PAHO/WHO Representative for Barbados and Eastern Caribbean countries, Dr Yitades Gebre, said “the priority of the first phase of vaccination is to save lives. We will achieve this by vaccinating the most exposed groups – like the health professionals and the most vulnerable groups to developing severe COVID-19 illness”.
    Gebre said to achieve herd immunity, at least 70 per cent of the population would have to be vaccinated. “While we are vaccinating the most vulnerable and reducing the mortality, we need to keep all public health measures that can reduce the transmission: the use of masks, physical distancing, avoiding closed and crowded spaces.”
    (PR)

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  • First vaccine phase nears end
    by BARRY ALLEYNE barryalleyne@nationnews.com
    BARBADOS’ FIRST PHASE of the COVID-19 vaccination programme will draw to a close in the next few days when the doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine are given out at various polyclinics.
    Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Kenneth George, confirmed yesterday that in just under three weeks, public health officials had been able to inoculate just under 42 000 people, leaving a little over 3 000 more to be administered.
    George indicated that when the final doses are given this week, Barbadians who were unable to be protected from COVID-19 would have to wait for the second batch to arrive.
    “The polyclinics could only deliver as many vaccines as they had and it did have to end.
    People who want to still get vaccinated will now have to wait for when the second set of vaccines to arrive.”
    All of those who were vaccinated already have appointments to return for the required second dose in April and early May.
    “We kept a half of all doses to be used as the second dose,” he said.
    “We are very satisfied with the programme. We were able to deliver almost 42 000 vaccines to Barbadians in that time frame,” George said.
    George said it should be no surprise the vaccines would have been used up, since the country, as a gesture to other CARICOM island states, had also given around 5 000 doses of AstraZeneca to Trinidad and Tobago and a few members of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.
    It was in the middle of last month that Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and other health officials were at the Grantley Adams International Airport for the arrival of the 100 000 vaccines, a gift from the Government of India.
    Mottley recently said Government was hopeful it would source additional vaccines.
    George said the programme was not successful not only simply because it had reached so many Barbadians but also because early evidence indicated there had been no hospitalisations or even a heavy incidence of people presenting to medical health facilities with side effects since being vaccinated.
    “We haven’t had any reports of anaphylaxis or severe reactions to the vaccine. The standard things that people complained about are pain at the site of the vaccine, a bit of post-vaccination fever, and just feeling unwell, which usually resolves within 24 hours.
    Vaccines safe
    “I believe the vaccines are safe and there have been no hospitalisations. But please remember that we have a system called AEFI – Adverse Reactions Following Immunisation – which we track in the Ministry of Health and Wellness,” he said.
    He said continued analysis of the effects, if any, of the vaccine would be done by public health officials in the coming months.
    Last month, co-coordinator of the vaccination programme, Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand, said researchers from the University of the West Indies would also be carrying out studies into the effectiveness of AstraZeneca, including how long it would protect Barbadians for and if the incidence transmission of COVID-19 would be

    Source: Nation

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  • Research team claims breakthrough in COVID fight – Menthol crystals found to block infection
    A multinational research team, which includes some Jamaicans, is claiming to have made a major breakthrough by using menthol crystals to stop the deadly spread of the coronavirus.

    The team, which comprises medical doctors and dentists from the Caribbean, the United States, and Cameroon, includes Jamaicans Dr Christopher Ogunsalu, Dr Delroy Fray, Dr Dagogo Pepple, Professor Everald Barton, and Daniel Ogunsalu (a student at The University of the West Indies, UWI). Dr Olalekan Fagbola (Trinidad), Professor Ken Judy (United States), and Mike Agbor (Cameroon) complete the team.

    According to the team, they have positively identified – through both evidence-based methods and multifaceted research – that menthol crystals block the virus that causes COVID-19.

    Their finding dates back to as early as April-May 2020. However, the release of the findings was delayed as they awaited validation.

    “It is the opinion of this research team and inventor that the menthol crystal fume attaches to the mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract in the form of micro spikes or cilia (pseudo-cilia). It is this pseudo-cilia, or spikes, that prevent the binding of the S protein of the COVID-19 virus to the ACE-2 receptors on the human cells, thus preventing a successful invasion into the body by the virus,” said Christopher Ogunsalu.

    http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/news/20210226/research-team-claims-breakthrough-covid-fight-menthol-crystals-found-block?fbclid=IwAR34cwEaqG8piYVilbxesUKsuwVWjxjWHhC4dpKwvXIJ13hEffOKUCutmfY

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  • Barbados to get COVAX vaccines
    Barbados is among several countries in the Caribbean and Latin America in line to receive an allocation of a total of 28 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX, due to be delivered to the region by May.
    The announcement was made by director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr Carissa Etienne, during her weekly briefing on Wednesday.
    A news release issued by PAHO a few days ago listed Barbados for an allocation of 100 800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by the COVAX Facility. The release also stated that the PAHO Revolving Fund for Vaccines would procure and deliver the vaccines “which the countries would start receiving in March, if all the conditions are met.”
    Etienne said some countries had already made necessary payments to receive the vaccine and she encouraged member states to ensure they had the proper regulations in place and to make payments. She also urged Governments to “use the vaccines “wisely”, prioritising people most at risk such as health care workers, the elderly and people living with pre-existing conditions.
    Inequitable access
    She also complained about “inequitable access” to vaccines globally, noting that “wealthy countries were rolling out vaccines, while many nations had yet to receive a single dose.”
    “This disparity harms our principles of solidarity, but more than that, it is a self-defeating strategy” the PAHO director added.
    Two days ago Barbados’ Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George indicated that Barbados’ inoculation programme going on over the last three weeks, in which doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine gifted to Barbados by India was being administered, would end in a few days. Up to Wednesday, 44 859 people were vaccinated.
    During a national broadcast last week, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley told Barbadians the cost of purchasing vaccines going forward would be “enormous” but she promised Government would “pull its pocket to protect Barbadians.” In the 45-minute presentation, she also announced corporate Barbados and individuals would be asked to contribute to a National Vaccine Fund, while giving the assurance that Government would be relentless in its efforts to source vaccines to satisfy the demand. (GC)

    Source: NAtion

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  • Attached are updated Covid-19 charts for the week ending 2021-03-05. The positivity chart indicates that positivity is generally trending in the right direction for Barbados as is also true for the Active cases chart. The Jamaica Active cases chart is still moving upwards. Trinidad’s chart continues to indicate admirable control. The fight to get back to a steady state control situation in Barbados continues. If you think it is useful I could update the positivity chart on a daily basis – Source: Lyall Small

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  • Vaccination campaign ‘turns to shut-ins’ – Major Clarke – Vaccination campaign ‘turns to shut-ins’ – Major Clarke: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/06/vaccination-campaign-turns-to-shut-ins-major-clarke/

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Another great interview on Ivermectin

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  • ” The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory identified 47 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, March 5, from the 710 tests conducted.”

    47 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Friday, March 5,

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  • IMPORTANT COVID UPDATE
    https://www.blabber.buzz/blab/pop/1025061-forget-what-fauci-says-actual-facts-on-ground-are-proving-him-wrong-on-this-key-issue?utm_source=c-pm&utm_medium=c-pm-email&utm_term=c-pm-Microsoft&utm_content=716Udvkk2pgzapCEST27IMewh9dWlwOTEaURZI6Rv49k.A
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    Forget What Fauci Says, Actual Facts On Ground Are Proving Him Wrong On This Key Issue
    Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 07 March 2021 16:30

    Forget What Fauci Says, Actual Facts On Ground Are Proving Him Wrong On This Key Issue
    The pace of Covid-19 vaccine administration in the US continues to improve, each day bringing the country closer to herd immunity — the point at which enough people are protected against a disease that it cannot spread.

    A CNN analysis suggests herd immunity against the coronavirus could be reached in the United States by the end of summer through vaccines alone and potentially even sooner when natural immunity is added in.

    Vaccines are currently being distributed at a pace of about 2 million doses a day, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resulting in 70% of the population seemingly becoming fully vaccinated by the end of July, with 85% having their full vaccinations by mid-September, when the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is factored in.

    At this point, the thresholds for herd immunity, which describes the point when enough people are protected against a disease so that it cannot further spread, are just estimates. However, health experts agree that herd immunity happens when between 70% and 85% of a population is protected, a figure with which Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, agrees.

    Meanwhile, Biden announced this week that the United States will have enough vaccines required in order to protect all adults in the country by the end of May.

    Even if the two-dose vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna were the only shots available, 70% of the US population could still be fully vaccinated by mid-September. But with the Food and Drug Administration recently approving Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine for emergency use, those numbers rapidly grew to immunizing 70% of the country by July, two months sooner than with the first vaccines alone.

    As the CDC estimates that a quarter of the United States may have already been infected by COVID-19, herd immunity could be reached between the combination of shots and natural immunity as early as June.

    However, there are new variants that could lessen the protection brought through vaccines, and with there being some people hesitant to get their shots, the figures on herd immunity could change, experts at CNN points out.

    CNN also reports of the hazards posed by Spring break, which starts for hundreds of universities this month. And typical spring break revelry could lead to countless more Americans getting infected as coronavirus variants threaten to outpace vaccinations.
    “It’s the perfect storm,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

    “You’ve got the B.1.1.7 variant accelerating in Florida. You’ve got all these 20-year-old kids. None of them are going to have masks. They’re all going to be drinking. They’re having pretty close, intimate contact. And then, after that’s all done, they’re going to go back to their home states and spread the B.1.1.7 variant.”
    Some universities — like Ohio State and State University of New York — have canceled spring break to try to minimize new infections.

    And the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently had a blunt message for all Americans: “Don’t travel,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. “We really, really would advocate for not traveling right now.”

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  • GP;
    re. the above post which is headlined “ Forget What Fauci Says, Actual Facts On Ground Are Proving Him Wrong On This Key Issue. Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 07 March 2021 16:30“, What is the key issue and what are the facts that prove Fauci wrong? The article does not give clarity to the above.

    When Would you advise Bajans to stop wearing masks, stop social distancing and stop frequent hand sanitizing? Do you think that we will get enough people vaccinated to confer herd immunity here by mid-year? Do you think that Mia should throw caution to the winds and let the virus operate freely as Trump seemed to have done to hasten herd immunity?

    Perhaps the problem might be the vaccination itself. Do you think that a strategy that deemphasizes Vaccinations at this time might be the best way to go?

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  • GP;
    Oops! Seems like BlabberBuzz is actually a right wing conservative blog.
    https://www.blabber.buzz/

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  • RE Seems like BlabberBuzz is actually a right wing conservative blog.
    SO WHAT?
    ARE THEY WRONG BECAUSE THEY ARE RIGHT WING WHAT EVER THAT MEANS…..OR CONSERVATIVE?
    WHAT KIND OF BLOG IS BU?
    What is the key issue and what are the facts that prove Fauci wrong?
    YOU TELL ME YOU ARE AN EXPERT IN MEDICINE AND EPIDEMIOLOGY AND VIROLOGY.

    The article does not give clarity to the above.
    IT DOES TO ME THOUGH AND IT DOES TO THE SEVERAL PROFESSIONALS WHO KNOW ABOUT FALSY AND HIS FOIBLES AND FAILURES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

    RE When Would you advise Bajans to stop wearing masks, stop social distancing and stop frequent hand sanitizing? Do you think that we will get enough people vaccinated to confer herd immunity here by mid-year?

    Perhaps the problem might be the vaccination itself. Do you think that a strategy that deemphasizes Vaccinations at this time might be the best way to go?

    ASK THE FOLK IN BARBADOS WHO ARE PAID TO DO THESE THINGS AND THE FOLK ON BU THAT KNOW EVERYTHING BOUT EVATING

    RE Do you think that Mia should throw caution to the winds and let the virus operate freely as Trump seemed to have done to hasten herd immunity?
    REMEMBER THAT TRUMP FOLLOWED THE BAD ADVICE OF DR FALSY
    DR FALSY GOT THE RESULTS HE WANTED DIDNT HE?

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  • YOU WOULD HAVE TO REST YOUR SUIT CASE OR BRIEF CASE OR WHATEVER
    I DONT COME ON BU FOR ANY EXAMS
    I PASSED THOSE ALREADY
    AND WAS ABLE TO TEACH MEDICAL STUDENTS WELL WHO SOUGHT TO CHALLENGE EVATING BY SURFING THE NET TO SEE IF YOU KNEW WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. THEY WERE LIKE THE SAINTS AT BEREA IN ACTS I7
    BUT THEY ASKED SENSIBLE REASONBLE QUESTIONS AS THEY SOUGHT KNOWLEDGE

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  • COVFEFE

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  • Lyall updated the positivity chart for Barbados. Good job!

    David; I’ve modified the positivity chart to more clearly show what is happening re. trends. The Barbados figures are definitely trending downwards (see the red dotted trend line) but needs to trend down much further to a consistent rate of below 5% for about 2 weeks before we should be considered to have recovered. I’ve also modified the Barbados weekly chart to more clearly show the trends there. I’ll post that next weekend DV. Lyall Small

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  • New COVID-19 variants under investigation worldwide – New COVID-19 variants under investigation worldwide: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/08/new-covid-19-variants-under-investigation-worldwide/

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  • Monday, March 8, 30 new positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) were identified from among the 591 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/03/09/30-new-cases-68-people-recover/

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/10/covid-19-update-20-new-cases-87-recoveries/

    402 covid tests done yesterday
    20 new cases of Covid yesterday
    87 people were discharged from isolation
    314 people are currently in isolation
    150 people were vaccinated
    49,757 people have been vaccinated as of March 9, 2021
    0 new deaths

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  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has reminded the public that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, there have been changes to the treatment protocol for patients experiencing asthma attacks who visit the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department (AED).

    “In accordance with current international guidelines, asthmatic patients presenting to the AED with mild to moderate asthmatic attacks will be treated with bronchodilators via a metered dose inhaler (MDI) and the use of a spacer.

    “This treatment protocol is as effective as the use of the nebuliser when treating mild to moderate asthmatic attacks. The objective is to avoid the creation of liquid droplets produced during the nebulisation process which can potentially spread COVID-19 or any other virus to nearby patients and healthcare workers. However, patients who are experiencing severe asthma attacks will continue to be nebulized,” a statement from the QEH noted.

    The QEH also reminded patients to bring their personal inhalers and spacers when visiting the Emergency Department. Additionally, “all asthmatics are strongly advised to continue the use of their prescribed maintenance medication as directed by their physician, as doing so can prevent an asthma attack”. (PR)

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/11/covid-19-update-19-new-cases-58-recoveries/

    746 covid tests done yesterday. The positivity rate was 2.54%
    19 new cases of Covid yesterday
    58 people were discharged from isolation
    275 people are currently in isolation
    380 people were vaccinated
    50,262 people have been vaccinated as of March 10, 2021
    0 new deaths

    Some easing of restrictions were announced this evening, but with a warning that we are not out of the woods yet.

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/12/covid-19-update-19-new-cases-46-recovered/

    496 covid tests done yesterday. The positivity rate was 3.83%
    19 new cases of Covid yesterday
    46 people were discharged from isolation
    248 people are currently in isolation
    345 people were vaccinated
    50,703 people have been vaccinated as of March 11, 2021
    0 new deaths

    Restrictions will be eased starting Monday 15 March, but with a warning that we are not out of the woods yet.

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  • Enclosed are the charts for week ending 12th March 2021. The daily +cases chart gives a clearer picture, through the trendline, of the clear trend of reduction in daily cases over the past few weeks. This trend is also evident in the positivity percentage chart for Barbados. Re. the comparison of Active cases in the 6 Caribbean countries; Jamaica is still in an explosive upward trend; Guyana is showing a slight but low upward trend while Barbados is trending downwards. T&T is maintaining a consistent downward trend for that metric – Source: Lyall Small

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  • BAMP: Step up search for Covid-19 variants
    By Colville Mounsey colvillemounsey@
    nationnews.com
    The Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) wants Government to ramp up its search for the presence of worrisome COVID-19 variants.
    BAMP president Dr Lynda Williams made the call yesterday in light of a new variant in the Caribbean which, according to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), appears to be resistant to the region’s vaccine of choice, AstraZeneca.
    She said this heightens the importance of Barbados’ vaccination programme and strict protocols, as it was the only protection available.
    Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George said variants in the region had always been anticipated and it was for this reason that Government had adopted the approach of treating all visitors to the island as high-risk.
    Williams, who had been warning of the possibility for some time, told the Saturday Sun this meant Barbados could not afford to tarry in implementing such a monitoring system.
    The BAMP head, who also serves in an advisory capacity to Government on COVID19-related matters, disclosed that, based on discussions, Government has committed to intensifying monitoring, as this will be important for the tweaking of future vaccines to ensure effectiveness in the population.
    “The news does not surprise me because I have been saying that all along. I have always said if you don’t look, you don’t know what is there. When we officially open up, we are going to be getting people from all over the world and as it stands, we don’t know what is here.
    Centre stage
    “I have made the point so vociferously that it is something that they [Government] are now trying to take seriously. It has now come to centre stage and I understand that we now have mechanisms by which that is coming down. Right now we have CARPHA that does ten samples per week, per territory,” Williams said.
    Yesterday, executive director of CARPHA, Dr Joy St John, warned the region of the presence of the variant, noting it was similar in nature to the deadly Brazil one.
    “We still are finding the United Kingdom (UK) variant, but in one country, and I will not say which country, we have seen one variant related to the Brazil variant, but it is not quite the Brazil variant. So we are starting to see some variations in the Caribbean region that are a bit unique.
    “The other thing about the one we detected is that it is appearing to be resistant to the vaccine, so this is something we hoped that we would not see, but unfortunately we are starting to see,” said St John, who was speaking on CBC TV8.
    Her comments came two days after UK health authorities announced they had found a new variant which they traced to travel to Antigua.
    However, in a press statement yesterday, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the British officials “conceded that they erred in posting on their website any reference to Antigua and Barbuda in relation to persons they believed were infected with a variant” of COVID-19.
    Nevertheless, Williams maintained that “we have to take the vaccine, we have to do our surveillance and we have to trust God for the best because there are no guarantees. We must have hope and we have to press on with what we have because these are the areas that we can control”.
    George said it was still quite early into the discovery to start hypothesising about how resistant the variant might be to the vaccine.
    “If there is a variant circulating within the region, it is going to take time to understand that variant and to understand if vaccines are going to be effective or not. I cannot make rash statements. There will always be variants because the virus is trying to get ahead of itself and it wants to make sure that it has a long time in the environment. The vaccines that have been developed could only be as effective as the variant upon which it was first studied.
    “So it is a risk. We are living in a risky environment and this is why some authorities believe that the vaccines would be here today but another point in time you would need another vaccine,” George explained.
    “In the meantime, we have to continue with our protocols at our airport. We have done away with de-risking of countries during this difficult period of time. We are treating all countries as high-risk. We have done away with risk categories because we know that every person is risky,” he said, noting this was likely to be the status quo for the foreseeable future.

    Source: Nation

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  • Browne dismisses variant claim
    Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has rubbished claims of there being an Antiguan variant of COVID-19.
    He has responded to what he said was inaccurate information in the media in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Caribbean, alleging that “an Antigua variant” had been discovered in the UK by Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care.
    In a statement, Browne said officials of his Ministry of Health spoke yesterday with representatives of PHE “who conceded they erred in posting on their website any reference to Antigua and Barbuda in relation to persons they believed were infected with a variant of the novel coronavirus. The Antigua and Barbuda government now expects PHE to retract its website posting”.
    Browne said he also wrote to several UK and Caribbean media that carried the story based on the PHE website posting.
    He emphasised that it was in the first week of February that PHE discovered a family of five people who had holidayed in Antigua. “More than 32 days have elapsed since the discovery and the negative results of contact tracing in the UK. Clearly, any variant of concern would have emerged by now,” he said.
    He stressed that “daily tests conducted on material from Antigua by reputable external agencies have found no variant arising from Antigua”.
    (PR)

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  • https://www.barbadosadvocate.com/sites/barbadosadvocate.com/files/styles/large/public/field/image/heart-and-ekg.jpg

    COVID-19 causing heart problems, doctor reveals

    Fri, 03/12/2021 – 7:00am

    Persons positive for Covid-19 are presenting with heart-related symptoms.

    Specialist Emergency Physician Dr. Brian Charles revealed that while it is well known that symptomatic Covid-19 patients often present with respiratory conditions, several persons first headed to their doctors with what appeared to be heart related problems before they were tested and found to be positive for the virus.

    “Initially, we thought Covid would present with the respiratory type illness – sniffles, coughs, sore throat – but as we progressed we found persons were presenting with illnesses that were not respiratory related, and when we tested they were testing Covid positive. Covid can give you symptoms that are heart-related.

    “So we are getting persons with irregularities in heart rhythm, we are getting people with heart attacks, we are getting people with strokes, we are getting people with blood clots in their lungs and blood clots in their peripheries; all of which are Covid-related,” he revealed.

    Carried on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s Facebook page, Charles was speaking on the Covid Communication Unit’s Covid Queries yesterday, the one year anniversary of the global pandemic.

    He pointed out that while originally the virus is viewed as primarily a respiratory disease, it was now realised that it could present with a multitude of other symptoms.

    “Strokes, heart-related illnesses, illnesses of the gut, illnesses of the kidneys and peripheral illnesses where persons have had to undergo amputations because of clots in their limbs, only because of Covid, so I say all of this to say that there is no one disease pattern for Covid, which makes it such a complex and interesting disease to manage and to treat,” he opined.

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  • CMO’s bill of health on COVID-19 vaccine – CMO’s bill of health on COVID-19 vaccine: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/13/cmos-bill-of-health-on-covid-19-vaccine/

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/13/covid-19-update-13-new-cases-41-recovered/

    457 covid tests done yesterday. The positivity rate was 2.8%
    13 new cases of Covid yesterday
    41 people were discharged from isolation
    220 people are currently in isolation
    221 people were vaccinated
    50,980 people have been vaccinated as of March 12, 2021
    0 new deaths

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  • @ Simple Simon

    It is important to note there has been limited random testing so far. It was heartening to hear that they will be ramping up .

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  • CARPHA statement on COVID-19 variant first found in Brazil (P.1) – CARPHA statement on COVID-19 variant first found in Brazil (P.1): https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/13/carpha-statement-on-covid-19-variant-first-found-in-brazil-p-1/

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  • Walk-in vaccine centres a hit
    Scores of Barbadians took advantage of walk-in COVID-19 vaccination centres at St Paul’s Primary School and the Barbados Landship Dock in St Michael yesterday.
    However, cocoordinator of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign, public health specialist Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand, said this week they would be refocusing their efforts on reducing the backlog of appointments.
    “Today is our trial at a pop-up clinic because we wanted to see what the response would be like. We’ve had about 150 people registered so far to have their vaccines.
    “We only have one team here [Landship Dock] today because we didn’t expect such a large crowd, but everything has been orderly and we are happy to see everybody come out to get their vaccine.
    “We’ve had to suspend the appointment system from this week because we wanted to clear the backlog and be up-to-date, so we will be introducing a new appointment system within a week or two. And next week we will be concentrating on those who registered already but have not had theirs,” Ferdinand said.
    In line
    She made those comments while at the Landship Dock at Licorish Village, St Michael where scores of people were in line to be vaccinated.
    During a cellphone interview, co-coordinator of the campaign Major David Clarke of the Barbados Defence Force said the areas were chosen after the Ministry of Health carried out intense COVID-19 testing.
    “It’s for the people in those catchment areas to come and get their first vaccine. It’s based on the areas that the
    Ministry of Health have identified as areas we should vaccinate.
    “In terms of where we have hotspots. . . It is a part of a linked operation where testing is done first and once results have come back, then we design the popup clinic,” he said.
    In a press conference yesterday Senator Jerome Walcott, chairman of Cabinet’s COVID-19 Sub-Committee, said authorities were also doing random testing.
    (TG)

    Source: Nation

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  • Bostic: Cops still probing list of names
    It is still not known if anyone will be prosecuted after a list alleged to contain COVID-19-positive people found its way onto social media.
    Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic said last week police were still investigating and he would seek an update.
    When contacted, police public relations officer, Acting Inspector Rodney Inniss, said he could not comment on the matter.
    Last month, Bostic announced during a nationally televised press conference that a police probe had been launched into the circumstances that led to a list of names, including people who tested positive for the virus, being circulated on social media.
    The minister had said he was surprised by its release.
    “When it was drawn to my attention, it caused me some consternation. I cannot tell you the origin of the list or the intention of the person who released the list,” he said.
    The Microsoft Excel document, titled Outstanding Notifications, contained personal information belonging to about 150 people said to be positive for the virus, including names, addresses and COVID-19 statuses.
    During that press conference, media personnel reported instances of two or three people receiving calls from health officials confirming their COVID19-positive
    status following the circulation of the list.
    Bostic had said he could not confirm the veracity of the list or if it was fictitious, nor did it bear the watermark of the Ministry of Health, but he was aware it contained the information of a Barbadian living in Bermuda who had not visited the island since 2019. (RA)

    Source: Nation

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/14/covid-19-update-17-new-cases-27-recovered/

    374 covid tests done yesterday. The positivity rate was 4.54%
    17 new cases of Covid yesterday
    27 people were discharged from isolation
    210 people are currently in isolation
    558 people were vaccinated yesterday
    51,595 people have been vaccinated as of March 13, 2021
    0 new deaths

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  • Sticking with’ AstraZeneca
    BARBADOS and the region will not be halting their vaccination programme “at the moment”, even amidst reports of a temporary ban on the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in four European countries.
    That was the word from executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr Joy St John, who told the DAILY NATION a few days ago they were keeping a close eye on reports of blood clot-causing issues in patients in two European countries, which had resulted in one death.
    Yesterday, AstraZeneca issued a statement in which the supplier stressed there was no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots from its vaccine, which has been the drug of choice in the Caribbean so far for inoculation against the virus.
    “A careful review of all available safety data of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union and United Kingdom with COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca has shown no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or thrombocytopenia, in any defined age group, gender, batch or in any particular country,” the statement said.
    Monitoring
    St John had disclosed that Barbados was going to be key to the monitoring of any major side effects from the vaccines, given the fact that it had inoculated close to 50 000 people, the most for any CARICOM territory by some distance.
    She added that having liaised with CARICOM and the Pan American Health Organisation, no major issues had reared their heads as yet.
    “We have been tracking the adverse effects for immunisations that have been going on in the Caribbean and we are not aware of any such events. We have not seen anything from the World Health Organisation that would suggest that we should stop immunising, but we are watching carefully. In their programme, Barbados issued a call for any adverse effects that occurred after people were immunised and this was the same across the Caribbean.
    “Barbados is the country in the CARICOM region that has immunised the most of all the countries – the closest is 3 000 – but no one has tallied 50 000 as yet. So if anything is going to turn up, it should turn up with Barbados. This is why we track these side effects in the region and across the world because if anything is manifested, we can quickly put measures in place,” said St John.
    Suspended
    Denmark, Iceland and Norway suspended the use of the vaccine while the European Union’s medicines regulator investigated whether the shot could be linked to a number of reports of blood clots.
    Denmark had announced a two-week suspension on Thursday following a number of reports of clotting in the country, including one fatal case. Iceland and Norway followed suit, but did not say how long their suspensions would last. Austria also stopped using a batch of AstraZeneca shots while investigating a death from coagulation disorders and an illness from a pulmonary embolism.
    St John said there was no need for alarm at this point as these were isolated incidents, but gave the assurance there would be full transparency on any development, adding that contingencies were in place for any eventuality. (CLM)

    Source: Nation

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  • Review shows no blood clot risks
    DUBLIN – AstraZeneca said yesterday it had conducted a review of people vaccinated with its COVID-19 vaccine which has shown no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots.
    The review covered more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union and United Kingdom.
    “A careful review of all available safety data of more than 17 million people vaccinated in the European Union and UK with COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca has shown no evidence of an increased risk of pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or thrombocytopenia, in any defined age group, gender, batch or in any particular country,” the statement said.
    The statement was issued after Ireland temporarily suspended AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine “out of an abundance of caution”, citing reports from the Norwegian Medicines Agency regarding a cluster of serious blood clotting in some recipients there.
    Three health workers in Norway who had recently received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine were being treated in hospital for bleeding, blood clots and a low count of blood platelets, its health authorities said on Saturday.
    Ireland’s National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) recommended the temporary deferral pending the receipt of more information from European regulators in the coming days.
    Authorities in Denmark, Norway and Iceland have suspended the use of the vaccine over clotting issues, while Austria stopped using a batch of AstraZeneca shots last week while investigating a death from coagulation disorders.
    EMA has said there is no indication that the events were caused by the vaccination, a view that was echoed by the World Health Organisation on Friday. AstraZeneca also said it had found no evidence of increased risk of deep-vein thrombosis.
    Irish authorities received some reports of clotting similar to those seen in Europe last week but nothing as serious as the cases in Norway, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said.
    Glynn said the fact that the Norwegian cases related to a cluster of four unusual clotting events involving the brain in 30 to 40 year-olds raised the higher level of concern.
    He said that one of the reasons Ireland acted now was that it was due to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine to people of a similar age with serious underlying conditions next week.
    “It may be nothing, we may be overreacting and I sincerely hope that in a week’s time that we will have been accused of being overly-cautious,” Glynn told national broadcaster RTE.
    “Hopefully we will have data to reassure us in a few short days and we will be back up and running with this.” (Reuters)

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  • Interesting BBC Hardtalk interview with the CEO of Serum Institute the company that manufacturers AstraZeneca vaccine.

    [audio src="https://barbadosunderground.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/hardtalk-20210315-adarpoonawallahowtovaccinatetheworld.mp3" /]

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  • https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/covid-19-update-21-new-cases-41-recovered-1-death/

    237 covid were done on Sunday 14 March. The positivity rate was 8.86%
    21 new cases of Covid yesterday
    41 people were discharged from isolation
    189 people are currently in isolation
    593 people were vaccinated yesterday
    52,290 people have been vaccinated as of March 14, 2021
    1 new death, an 88-year-old Barbadian man with comorbidities who succumbed to the virus after spending 18 days at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility. His death brings to 38, the number of people who have died from the virus.

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  • Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) — another element of COVID-19 – Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) — another element of COVID-19: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/15/multi-system-inflammatory-syndrome-in-children-mis-c-another-element-of-covid-19/

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    UPDATE FROM THE CARIBBEAN PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY ON COVID-19 VACCINES AND VARIANTS
    Joseph Charles | 3/13/2021 7:14:00 PM | (0) Comments | (455) View Count | Return
    The Caribbean Public Health Agency is aware that some countries in the European Union have suspended their AstraZeneca vaccination campaign, as a result of reports of rare blood coagulation disorders in people who had received the vaccine. This was done as a precautionary measure while a full investigation is conducted into the reports. At present, it cannot be determined whether there is a link between the vaccine and the disorders.

    Adverse reactions that happen following immunisation with any vaccine need to be fully investigated to rule out various factors, for example concomitant illnesses, progression of a disease, and batch assessment, before a final decision is made by the health authorities.

    It must be noted that the vaccine being used in the Caribbean is not the same version or batch as the one in Europe.

    The World Health Organization’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) systematically reviews any vaccine safety signals and concerns related to COVID-19 vaccine safety. This committee is carefully assessing the current reports on the Astra Zeneca vaccine. As soon as WHO has gained a full understanding of these events, the findings and any changes to current recommendations will be immediately communicated to regional and international public health partners which includes CARPHA.

    The WHO states that “Vaccination against COVID-19 will not reduce deaths from other causes. Deaths from other causes will continue to occur, including after vaccination, but causally unrelated. As of 9 March, over 268 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered since the start of the pandemic, based on data reported to WHO by national governments. No cases of death have been found to have been caused by COVID-19 vaccines to date.[1]

    We want to reassure our Member States that CARPHA’s Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS) applies its reliance procedure to verify vaccines with emergency use authorization granted by stringent regulatory authorities of reference.

    CARPHA encourages persons who have been vaccinated with any of the COVID-19 vaccines available in their country, to report adverse events that occur after vaccination to the local health authorities.

    Statement on Variants

    The appearance of variants is part of the normal cycle of viral infection and replication and should not be considered an unusual process. Because the variants appear more frequently the more subjects become infected, it is essential to maintain all the measures that prevent the occurrence of new infections (use of masks, washing hands, social distancing, avoiding crowds, etc.).

    The appearance of new variants does not justify in any way the interruption of the vaccination campaigns against SARS-CoV-2. Cutting the transmission chains through preventive measures and the application of vaccines should be the primary objective at this stage of pandemic. Both the measures mentioned above, and the mass vaccination of the population will help in the fight against the disease and the eventual end of the pandemic.

    CARPHA remains committed to providing technical support and advice and continues to conduct tests for suspected COVID-19 cases for all CARPHA Member States (CMS) routinely as requested. In collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus, CARPHA started conducting whole genome sequencing for CARICOM countries in December 2020. So far CARPHA has detected cases of the UK variant in several member states. No cases of the Brazil or South Africa variant have been detected.

    Earlier today, CARPHA met with the Region’s Chief Medical Officers to discuss several public health issues, including those related to the fight against COVID-19 disease.

    CARPHA continues to work with its regional and international partners and CMS, towards a harmonised regional response. The overarching goal is for all countries to control the pandemic by slowing down the transmission of disease and reducing mortality associated with COVID-19. In this regard, we urge countries to continue ramping up their surveillance capacity to rapidly screen, identify, test, isolate and trace contacts of new cases supported by public health prevention and control measures of social distancing, wearing of masks, and hand hygiene.

    We also recognise the important role that the vaccination programmes will play and are quite pleased with the efforts of the countries so far in vaccinating the vulnerable older persons in their population and front-line workers

    More information on CARPHA’s Response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.

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  • Doctors feel wider testing will give more accurate picture of country’s COVID-19 status
    Kareem Smith
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    Kareem Smith
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    March 16, 2021

    The Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) is not yet convinced that public health officials have done enough to gain an accurate representation of the country’s COVID-19 situation, even as hundreds of Barbadians return to work this week.

    The organization on Monday expressed particular disappointment with the low number of daily tests being conducted during a critical six-week period that included strict lockdowns that were implemented to curb the spread of the virus.

    Public Relations Officer (PRO) Dr. Russell Broome-Webster revealed that with at least five active COVID-19 hotspots and community transmission still a factor, the next two to four weeks would be critical.

    Over the last two weeks, COVID-19 positivity rates have largely fallen below the benchmark of five per cent. However, the number of tests conducted ranged from as many as 742 to as few as 237 daily, which, according to BAMP should now be in the region of 1,000 to 2,000.

    “Ultimately, it just feels like we couldn’t get testing levels where we wanted them to be and on this occasion, if you compare it to last year… obviously, we didn’t have as much infection roaming around and it just feels like we had some unfinished business,” Dr. Broome-Webster told Barbados TODAY.

    “I heard the Government promised comprehensive testing in communities but yet we are still seeing relatively low numbers on a day-to-day basis which is something I believe the Ministry of Health and Wellness is aware of and trying to improve. But we need to get those numbers up so that we can really see what is happening in our communities,” the physician explained.

    In addition to ramped up testing in communities, the BAMP spokesman is calling for more routine testing among frontline workers and those currently returning to their jobs.

    “In the healthcare facilities, in the nursing homes and various areas and in media houses like Barbados TODAY, you would expect persons to want to be tested from time to time just to make sure that you are okay. This all adds to the numbers and gives us a much more informed view.

    “We want to maximize the resources that we have to test widely and that is within the capacity of the lab and we certainly know right now that we are testing well below the capacity of the lab. The specific numbers are hard to nail down because…I’m not sure that that has been translated in firm terms to anyone, so I can just speak to the past and I know at one point we reported on 2700 tests in a day, so that means you could probably approach somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 tests a day,” Dr. Broomes-Webster contended.

    He added that these targets will be much more important when tourists return so that further testing can be conducted.

    Despite the challenges with testing, BAMP has commended Government for the COVID-19 vaccine campaign that has covered more than 52,000 people.

    While Dr. Broome-Webster admits that more in-depth metrics like the number of “excess deaths” and “mortality rates” would assist the fight, he is also heartened by promises of genomic sequencing here to identify COVID-19 variants.

    He further acknowledged the need to balance epidemiology with the country’s economic situation, but added that constant and in-depth surveillance would be critical.

    “We need to monitor the re-opening situation closely and the best way to do that is what we have advocated from the beginning, which is to do as much testing as possible, contact tracing and isolation,” the physician concluded.
    (kareemsmith@barbadostoday.bb)

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/16/covid-19-update-16-new-cases-39-recoveries-and-one-death/

    358 covid were done on Monday 15 March. The positivity rate was 4.46%
    16 new cases of Covid yesterday
    39 people were discharged from isolation
    165 people are currently in isolation
    815 people were vaccinated yesterday
    53,129 people have been vaccinated as of Monday March 15, 2021
    1 new death, a 75-year-old Barbadian woman died last night from COVID-19. She had pre-existing chronic non-communicable diseases and passed away after spending 14 days at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility.

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  • Can anyone explain why the vaccination uptake in Barbados is so skewed by gender?

    Why have 30,861 women been vaccinated

    compared to 22,268 men.

    A difference of 8,593

    Is it that Bajan men are so chivalrous, so kind, so loving that they are letting their grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, girlfriends, wives, daughters and granddaughters step forward, while the men take the risk of becoming infected with a debilitating and sometimes deadly disease?

    The government may need to mount a vaccination campaign directed specifically at men, especially as up to this point more men that women have been infected.

    I am curious: Is the same thing happening in other countries?

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  • The ordinary citizens and the treacherous opposition obviously live on two planets: While the opposition is hoping for Judgment Day, fewer and fewer people are in quarantine. Almost no more new infections. Despite the Corona mutant.

    What a fantastic performance by our Supreme Leader and General Bosstic! Thank you both!

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  • John Magufuli…president of Tanzania…died March 17 at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. He was 61. The death was announced in a statement by Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who cited “heart complications” as the cause. There had been earlier unconfirmed reports from opposition leaders…that he had been hospitalized in Nairobi for covid-19…..From the beginning, Mr. Magufuli emulated U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, suggesting that the virus posed little risk, that medical experts could not be trusted…He mocked health-safety measures such as social distancing and mask-wearing and fired government health officials if they disagreed. He advocated steam baths and folk remedies. Above all, he called for prayer.

    “Our enemies will say a lot, but here in Tanzania we are safe,” he said in August 2020, according to the New York Times. “We put God first, and God heard us.” [In May 2020] Mr. Magufuli’s government stopped reporting coronavirus statistics to the World Health Organization. The numbers remained frozen at 509 infections and 21 deaths, prompting Mr. Magufuli to declare the pandemic “absolutely finished” in Tanzania

    Mr. Magufuli made one of his final public appearances at a church in Dar es Salaam in late February. One of his top aides died the same day, presumably of covid-19. The president asked the people of his country to engage in three days of prayer to overcome a “respiratory disease,” which he did not name. “Maybe we have wronged God somewhere,” he said. “Let us all repent.”
    More here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/tanzania-president-dead/2021/03/17/8e090fca-820b-11eb-9ca6-54e187ee4939_story.html

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  • Last year, Pierre Nkurunziza, the coronavirus-denying president of neighboring Burundi, died suddenly at 55 amid speculation that he had contracted the disease

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  • Please note that even though Donald Trump liked to play down Covid19, as soon as a vaccine was available he was at the front of the line in early January to get his. And Melania got hers too even though at her age/height/weight she is unlikely to have the co-morbidities which would put her in a high risk category.

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  • I think that Tanzania can report to the World Health Organization that the number of deaths in their country have moved from 21 to 22.

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  • Thanking God again for a sensible woman like Auntie Mia.

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  • Cuhdear BajanMarch 17, 2021 8:38 PM Please note that even though Donald Trump liked to play down Covid19, as soon as a vaccine was available he was at the front of the line in early January to get his

    Not quite as soon as it was available. After the required time had passed after the drugs that they gave him to save him, were out of his system.

    But yes, your general point is well made.

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  • DavidMarch 17, 2021 1:48 AM

    The Chinese vaccine is not as effective as the Oxford one from India.

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  • Cuhdear BajanMarch 16, 2021 5:55 PM Can anyone explain why the vaccination uptake in Barbados is so skewed by gender?…..The government may need to mount a vaccination campaign directed specifically at men

    Why should the government mount a campaign aimed at men? If they are so silly as to refuse it, that is their problem. Of course, men are also at higher risk of severe illness from it, according to accumulated data.

    But remember the calypso, ‘woman smart, smarter than man’?

    Yuh feel women foolish? While the morons will sit in the rumshop and say ”man, I ent care bout dat. Dat is Bill Gates an dem. I gine fire a rum and I good’.

    This is not the one I referred but yet another one. Calypsonians are smart too.

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    David March 17, 2021 1:48 AM
    @David it is interesting that the T&T is going to China for vaccines not approved by the WHO while they held the 2000 doses of the Oxford vaccine donated by Barbados until the vaccine was officially WHO approved. Trinidad’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic leaves a LOT to be desired. Be that as it may, it is acceptance that it is a wild wild west in terms of vaccines acquisition (as predicted since Sars-COV2 vaccines would been a highly sought after commodity in the short term)

    The main vaccines China has developed are Coronavac\Sinovac and BBIBP-CorV\Sinopharm. Both are “inactivated” vaccines i.e. they use “dead” Sars-COV2 virions so that they cannot replicate but when injected, the immune system can recognize the virus and build up a response. Both are in Phase 3 trials with over 30,000. participants each. Both are double dose vaccines that have been given emergency use authorization in 20 countries with efficacy rates comparable to the other vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford and Johnson & Johnson)

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    Very interesting.

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  • Much to be proud of, says Bostic
    ONE YEAR AFTER Barbados recorded its first case of COVID-19, Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic says Barbadians have much to be proud of regarding how the country has mitigated the deadly pandemic.
    Speaking to reporters yesterday, the day which marked one year that Barbados recorded its first COVID-19 case, Bostic said that in retrospect he wished his ministry had tightened the controls much earlier on visitors in quarantine. He also noted that while Government had placed early orders for critical items needed to battle the virus, in hindsight, some of those orders should have been lodged even earlier with suppliers in order to avoid some of the backlogs which occurred during the year.
    Much criticism
    However, despite Government receiving much criticism for maintaining open borders in the months leading to the country’s second wave of the virus, Bostic made it clear this was not an area he would have altered. “I think that during the year we have managed very well at every stage, even when we did not have the Harrison Point facility available we were able to execute other plans. Even in situations where we were short of some supplies we were able to do reasonably well. If I were to do things differently, I still maintain that our entry protocols were solid and they were so for several months. The area that we needed to tighten up on was protocols in relation to visitors to hotels and in quarantine,” said Bostic, who along with ministry officials were touring the Harrison Point Isolation facility in St Lucy, the first stop of three to mark the occasion.
    He added: “We have now been able to do so through the use of technology and by also providing additional manpower through monitoring. We now have a better monitoring system in this regard, so that is one of the things I would say I would have done differently if I could. With regards to the shortage of supplies, we tried our best to secure those supplies, especially for the lab, at an early enough time, but obviously it was still not enough.”
    Following the conclusion of the visit at Harrison Point, the minister praised the staff for their stellar work in the fight against the pandemic. The team made stops at the St Andrew and St Joseph district hospitals to assess ongoing rehabilitation work at those facilities. The projects, which are to come in at an estimated $1.2 million, were reported to be a week ahead of schedule.
    (CLM)

    Source: Nation

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  • RE Why should the government mount a campaign aimed at men?
    SIMPLE. THAT IS WHAT A PROPER PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT OUGHT TO DO. uh lie?

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  • Active COVID rise after audit

    Barbados recorded 21 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/03/18/active-covid-rise-audit/

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  • Attached are Covid-19 charts to tonight’s current GIS / Worldometer data. Re. Barbados’ positivity data We are still trending downwards near 5%. Re. Active cases Barbados has reclaimed a place comparable with Trinidad and St Lucia and re. daily cases we are strongly trending downwards. The Barbados situation has not yet reached December 2020 levels but it might be impossible to do so until a much higher proportion of people gets vaccinated, if a Variant is driving the incidence of cases . Jamaica’s case loads seem to be consistently going in the wrong direction – Source: Lyall Small

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  • Another 21 cases recorded, vaccinations top 60 000
    Barbados recorded another 21 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, while the National Vaccination Programme has reached 60 000 people.
    On Friday, 2 001 people were immunised, bringing the total number of vaccinations to 60 206 – 25 104 men and 35 102 women.
    Of the 21 new positive cases of COVID-19, 11 are women. The total was from among the 540 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.
    Twenty people also recovered and were discharged from isolation.
    The number of active cases is now 192.
    Public health officials said the active cases being reported daily continued to decrease as a result of high discharge numbers during March.
    A release from the Barbados Government Information Service stated that the differences in the numbers were also the result of the subtraction from the overall number of people who were in isolation for assessment. They were counted as discharged but were never active positive COVID-19 cases.
    An audit of the numbers was done to allow the active cases reported to reflect the count that is actually in isolation on the day. This entailed adjusting the discharge number, explained the release. Going forward, it noted, the number of active cases would be taken from the daily count in isolation.
    Barbados has recorded 3 533 confirmed cases – 1 689 females and 1 844 males – and 3 302 people have recovered since March 2020. There have been 39 deaths.
    The public health laboratory has completed 136 041 tests. (BA/PR)

    Source: Nation

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  • Serious reports’ after jab
    COPENHAGEN – Denmark said yesterday that one person had died and another fell seriously ill with blood clots and cerebral haemorrhage after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.
    The two, both hospital staff members, had both received the AstraZeneca vaccine less than 14 days before getting ill, the authority that runs public hospitals in Copenhagen said.
    The Danish Medicines Agency confirmed it had received two “serious reports”, without giving further details. There were no details of when the hospital staff got ill.
    Denmark, which halted using the AstraZeneca vaccine on March 11, was among more than a dozen countries that temporarily paused use of the vaccine after a small number of reports of cases of rare brain blood clots sent scientists and governments scrambling to determine any link.
    Some countries, including Germany and France, last week reversed their decision to suspend use of the vaccine following an investigation into the reports of blood clots by the European Union’s drug watchdog, which said last Thursday it is still convinced the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.
    Denmark – along with Sweden and Norway – said on Friday they needed more time to decide whether to use the vaccine.
    “We prioritise reports of suspected serious side effects such as these and examine them thoroughly to assess whether there is a possible link to the vaccine,” Tanja Erichsen, acting director of Pharmacovigilance at the Danish Medicines Agency, said in a tweet yesterday.
    “We are in the process of dealing with the two specific cases.”
    European Medicines Agency (EMA) director Emer Cooke said on Thursday the watchdog could not definitively rule out a link between blood clot incidents and the vaccine in its investigation.
    But she said the “clear” conclusion of the review was that the benefits in protecting people from the risk of death or hospitalisation outweighs the possible risks. The issue deserves further analysis, the EMA said.
    The EMA’s review covering 20 million people in the UK and the European Economic Area (EEA), which links 30 European countries, included seven cases of blood clots in multiple blood vessels and 18 cases of a rare condition that is difficult to treat called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).
    AstraZeneca, which developed the shot with Oxford University, has said a review covering more than 17 million people who had received its shots in the EU and Britain had found no evidence of an increased risk of blood clots. (Reuters)

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  • 261 covid19 tests were done on Sunday 21 March. The positivity rate was 3.06%
    8 new cases of Covid yesterday
    28 people were discharged from isolation
    161 people are currently in isolation
    624 people were vaccinated yesterday
    61,752 people have been vaccinated as of Sunday March 21, 2021
    1 new death, a 61-year-old Barbadian woman died on Saturday from COVID-19. She had pre-existing chronic non-communicable diseases and passed away after spending 25 days at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility.

    10,260 more women than men have been vaccinated. Early in the vaccination campaign there was an ad by Mac Fingall. Time for the government to relaunch a vaccination campaign directed at men, specifically men older than 64 with chronic NCD’s

    More here:
    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/22/covid-19-update-eight-new-cases-28-recoveries/

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  • Good news.
    Hopefully, the former negative and now silent Nellies are making notes.

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  • TheOGazerts re. your 6:57 post.

    Yes! Great news! Hope that it persists and that we continue to get a long series of sub 10 daily cases for the near future.

    But we are not out of the woods yet. If the charts continue to advance in the right direction. If Mia can secure all the Astra Zenica vaccines that we need to get to herd immunity as soon as possible. If Government can convince 80% of the people or thereabouts to take the vaccine. If the Astra Zenica vaccine continues to show efficacy against the new variants. Then the economy can be restarted this year. These are a lot of “ifs” but still within the realms of probabilities.

    But we will need everyone to follow the Covid-19 protocols closely and intelligently and we will need to be lucky while the various Government agencies double down in zealously carrying out their proscribed functions and Mia continues to push for and succeeds in acquiring the necessary vaccines in a timely manner.

    I hope and pray that the achievement of only 8 new cases yesterday will be the start of a new normal with cases dropping consistently to sub-5 levels and then down to the levels we used to see before December last year and then down to even fewer cases. I think it should be noted that everyone needs to pull in the same direction for this to occur consistently.

    We have the examples of our neighbours Jamaica, T&T, St Lucia, Guyana and Grenada to point us along the eventual path to what each country may deem success. The progress of each country, in its own way, can be characterized by a proper reading of my Covid-19 charts. Jamaica seems to have either lost its war or is nearing that state given the unrelenting increase in incidence of the disease over several weeks now. T&T has been fighting a rearguard action and getting excellent results that suggests that a country that can afford to ignore Tourism but still ensure strict protocol adherence by its population, can control the Covid Beast. St Lucia was going strong but suffered huge spikes contemporaneously with us in Barbados but it fought back to be once more in control. Grenada, after flirting with Sandals, took strong action and came back on stream and Guyana is chugging along doing reasonably well against the odds, given its size, population and continental imperatives.

    There is still a long way to go for all of us but I hope that the 8 active cases yesterday is like a canary in a coal mine.

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