COVID 19 UPDATES

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

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David; re. your 4:41 am post;

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • We have Easter weekend to come, an obvious super spreader event.

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  • David;

    Does Easter have to be inexorably a super spreader event?

    I agree that, given what happened at Christmas, there is a strong chance that it probably will be. But perhaps the stakes are high enough that Mia can institute a doubled down shut down for that period. Shutdowns can work. Mia has just a few days to organise one. She should go for it. If she fails to do so and we continue to show downward trends and then get another big spike at Easter she might have to pay politically.

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  • @Lyall

    We will wait to see if there is a preemptive proactive directive from government on the weekend.

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  • lyallsmall March 22, 2021 9:10 PM “… institute a doubled down shut down for that [Easter] period…Mia has just a few days to organise one. She should go for it. If she fails to do so and… then get another big spike at Easter she might have to pay politically.”

    Agreed.

    Unless perhaps we get more vaccine and get another 30,000 people immunised by Maunday Thursday/All Fool’s Day/April 1.

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  • We can’t get 30,000 people immunized by All Fool’s day. But a PR blitz on steroids could be carried out to try to let everybody in Barbados understand and buy into the need for an Easter Lockdown and the possibility that there should not be the need for another one against Covid-19 if they fully cooperate with the lockdown protocols. Other aspects of a putative Easter lockdown should be standard practice by now. There should also be heavy lobbying of the mercantile class to convince them that it is absolutely necessary for them to buy in, once more, into supporting the Easter Lockdown.

    Of course it won’t be easy, but I think it should be tried after significant modelling by the University team. The clear alternative is another spike like the Christmas one and the likelihood that it will take several months before Barbados can get back to a modicum of normalcy if we can secure the necessary vaccines to immunize the requisite numbers of Bajans.

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    Re:- David March 22, 2021 8:48 PM

    After seeing the events leading to a month long “lockdown” in February, I don’t think gov’t will relax the EMD IN THAT WAY to allow for super spreader events over the Easter weekend. It is simply not worth it. It only takes 1 super spreader event
    The protocols should really be maintained until herd immunity is reached but the improving case numbers do support a relaxation (e.g. shortening the curfew, allowing for gyms and sports to operate).

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  • AstraZeneca passes US trial
    LONDON/TAIPEI – AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine performed better than expected in a major late-stage trial, potentially paving the way for its emergency authorisation in the United States and bolstering confidence in the shot after numerous setbacks in Europe.
    The drugmaker said yesterday that interim data from trials in Chile, Peru and the United States found the vaccine, developed in conjunction with Oxford University, was 79 per cent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and, crucially, posed no increased risk of blood clots. It intends to request US emergency authorisation in the coming weeks.
    More than a dozen European countries, including Germany and France, had halted use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this month after reports linked it to blood clots in a very small number of people. They have since resumed inoculation after a regional regulator said it was safe, but an opinion poll yesterday showed Europeans remained sceptical over its safety.
    Hailed as a milestone in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic when it first emerged as a vaccine contender last year, the AstraZeneca shot has since been dogged by doubts over its efficacy, dosing regimen and possible side-effects as well as supply setbacks in Europe, where the company has been at the centre of a growing conflict between Brussels and London over so-called “vaccine nationalism”.
    The latest data has yet to be reviewed by independent researchers, but it helps to address some of the concerns, analysts said.
    “It is clear this vaccine has very good efficacy – remember that 60 per cent was, prior to any trials being started, regarded as a good target – and that this efficacy does not show a notable decline at older ages,” Stephen Evans, professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said.
    Based on more than 32 000 people, the trial was larger and around 20 per cent of volunteers were aged 65 and above, compared to 5.7 per cent in an earlier British trial. Some European countries had been hesitant to use the AstraZeneca shot on older people.
    “Seeing this data now I hope gives others increased confidence that this is a very effective and safe vaccine,” Mene Pangalos, an AstraZeneca executive, said.
    US trials of rival vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which are being deployed in the United States, have showed efficacy rates of around 95 per cent. (Reuters)

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  • AstraZeneca passes US trial
    LONDON/TAIPEI – AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine performed better than expected in a major late-stage trial, potentially paving the way for its emergency authorisation in the United States and bolstering confidence in the shot after numerous setbacks in Europe.
    The drugmaker said yesterday that interim data from trials in Chile, Peru and the United States found the vaccine, developed in conjunction with Oxford University, was 79 per cent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and, crucially, posed no increased risk of blood clots. It intends to request US emergency authorisation in the coming weeks.
    More than a dozen European countries, including Germany and France, had halted use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this month after reports linked it to blood clots in a very small number of people. They have since resumed inoculation after a regional regulator said it was safe, but an opinion poll yesterday showed Europeans remained sceptical over its safety.
    Hailed as a milestone in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic when it first emerged as a vaccine contender last year, the AstraZeneca shot has since been dogged by doubts over its efficacy, dosing regimen and possible side-effects as well as supply setbacks in Europe, where the company has been at the centre of a growing conflict between Brussels and London over so-called “vaccine nationalism”.
    The latest data has yet to be reviewed by independent researchers, but it helps to address some of the concerns, analysts said.
    “It is clear this vaccine has very good efficacy – remember that 60 per cent was, prior to any trials being started, regarded as a good target – and that this efficacy does not show a notable decline at older ages,” Stephen Evans, professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said.
    Based on more than 32 000 people, the trial was larger and around 20 per cent of volunteers were aged 65 and above, compared to 5.7 per cent in an earlier British trial. Some European countries had been hesitant to use the AstraZeneca shot on older people.
    “Seeing this data now I hope gives others increased confidence that this is a very effective and safe vaccine,” Mene Pangalos, an AstraZeneca executive, said.
    US trials of rival vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, which are being deployed in the United States, have showed efficacy rates of around 95 per cent. (Reuters)

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  • I am fearful that because our covid-19 strategy is essentially geared towards reopening for tourism then we will find ourselves in the same position as we were in January.

    We must adhere to and enforce the protocols; we must be firm with both citizens and visitors.

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  • 402 Covid19 tests were done on Monday 21 March. The positivity rate was 3.73%
    15 new cases of Covid19 were discoveredyesterday
    32 people were discharged from isolation
    160 people are currently in isolation
    9 people were vaccinated yesterday
    61,781 people have been vaccinated as of Monday March 22, 2021

    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/23/covid-19-update-15-new-cases-32-recoveries/

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  • I am on a waiting list to get the AstraZeneca. Hope I get it soon.

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  • No Covid cases for Weekes
    FIRST, IT WAS Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes who had sole responsibility for dealing with COVID-19-related matters.
    Then, the caseload was divided between him and Magistrate Elwood Watts. However, as of today, the Chief Magistrate is no longer hearing COVID-19 cases.
    Yesterday, he revealed that the responsibility had been taken away from him but did not specify by whom.
    His comments came in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court as he dealt with what was supposed to be the sentencing of two Guyanese shop owners who had defied their non-essential tag and opened their business.
    They are seeking to change their guilty pleas to not guilty.
    ‘Not authorised’
    However, it was during arguments by Queen’s Counsel Michael Lashley that Chief Magistrate Weekes said: “I am no longer doing COVID matters. I am no longer authorised.
    I am only authorised to finish up my sentences. I am guided by my superiors.” Lashley later called the move “a demotion” and said he felt the Chief Magistrate “should be doing all of them”.
    “As Chief Magistrate, you should be doing them, a man of your talent and wisdom,” he added.
    “But if I should break my seniors’ rules, I am sure you and all your juniors are going to have great fun in the Court of Appeal,” the Chief Magistrate replied.
    Concerns
    It was in April 2020 that now retired Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson tasked Chief Magistrate Weekes with hearing all the COVID-19 matters.
    The move came after Magistrate Graveney Bannister had voiced concerns about the then Emergency Management COVID-19 (No. 3) Directive 2020 and the then 24-hour curfew. He said the legislation was badly drafted.
    However, last month, Magistrate Watts was also given islandwide jurisdiction to hear the matters and the two magistrates were supposed to rotate duties on a week-on, week-off basis.
    (HLE)

    Source: Nation

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  • The current population of Bermuda in 2021 is 62,090

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  • 441 Covid19 tests were done on Tuesday 23 March. The positivity rate was 1.81%
    8 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    11 people were discharged from isolation
    149 people are currently in isolation
    945 people were vaccinated yesterday
    62,765 people have been vaccinated as of Tuesday March 23, 2021

    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/24/covid-19-update-8-new-cases-11-recoveries/

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  • Bar and AG differ on ‘lawyers’ limits’ – Bar and AG differ on ‘lawyers’ limits’: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/25/bar-and-ag-differ-on-lawyers-limits/

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  • 755 Covid19 tests were done on Wednesday 24 March. The positivity rate was 1.45%
    11 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    3 people were discharged from isolation
    160 people are currently in isolation
    0 people were vaccinated yesterday
    62,765 people have been vaccinated as of Wednesday March 24, 2021 [no change from the day before]
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/25/covid-19-update-11-new-cases-3-recoveries/

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  • 755 Covid19 tests were done on Thursday 25 March. The positivity rate was 1.32%, compared to 1.45% the previous day
    10 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    15 people were discharged from isolation
    157 people are currently in isolation
    45 people were vaccinated yesterday
    62,802 people have been vaccinated as of Thursday March 25, 2021
    1 new death. A 70 year old Bajan man with comorbidities
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/26/covid-19-update-10-new-cases-one-death/

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  • CORRECTION

    645 Covid19 tests were done on Thursday 25 March. The positivity rate was 1.55%
    10 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    15 people were discharged from isolation
    157 people are currently in isolation
    45 people were vaccinated yesterday
    62,802 people have been vaccinated as of Thursday March 25, 2021
    1 new death. A 70 year old Bajan man with comorbidities
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/26/covid-19-update-10-new-cases-one-death/

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  • Good updates cuhdear.
    Both you and lyall are keeping us on BU informed.
    BU essential workers.

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  • Lol!

    Sending my overtime and hazard pay claim to the blog-master.

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  • Greater lover as no one than this, that he lay down his/her life for for his/her [people].

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  • Attached are Covid-19 charts for the week ending 26th March. The active cases charts show Jamaica continuing to expand explosively; Guyana trending slowly upward and the remaining 4 countries essentially maintaining trends established over the past several weeks, except for T&T showing a slight upward trend this week. Re. the Barbados positivity percentage chart; Barbados shows a clear downward trending over the past few weeks. We hope that this trend continues but caution that slight changes in official management could trigger significant changes in control – Source: Lyall Small

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  • https://gisbarbados.gov.bb/blog/emergency-management-covid-19-orders-curfew-directive-no-7/
    Emergency Management (COVID-19) Orders & (Curfew) Directive (No. 7)
    These directives cover the period from March 28 – April 11th.

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  • A curfew is hereby imposed throughout Barbados from the 28th day of March, 2021 to the 11th day of April, 2021 between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. No person shall leave his residence between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.as specified in paragraph 2, except the person is an employee or member of an essential service; or the person has an emergency.

    No person, other than a person referred to in paragraph 3, shall leave his residence between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Sunday 28th March,Friday 2nd April, Sunday 4th April, Monday 5th April and Sunday 11th April, 2021, except the person is the owner, operator or employee of a business or an establishment set out in paragraph 6 or 7; for the purpose of transacting business with a business or an establishment set out in paragraph 6 or 7;for the purpose of attending a place of religious worship as permitted by paragraph 11;for the purpose of visiting a beach or a park or exercise outdoors as permitted by paragraph 12;the person is directly involved in the COVID-19 vaccination exercise either as a service provider or to receive a vaccine; or the person has an emergency.

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  • NCDs at epidemic proportions in Barbados – NCDs at epidemic proportions in Barbados: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/27/ncds-at-epidemic-proportions-in-barbados/

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  • New emergency directive outlines special conditions for Easter holidays – New emergency directive outlines special conditions for Easter holidays: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/27/new-emergency-directive-outlines-special-conditions-for-easter-holidays/

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  • 450 Covid19 tests were done on Friday 26 March. The positivity rate was 1.33%, compared to 1.55% the previous day
    6 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    3 people were discharged from isolation
    155 people are currently in isolation
    877 people were vaccinated yesterday
    63,689 people have been vaccinated as of Friday March 26, 2021
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/27/covid-19-update-six-new-cases-three-recoveries/

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  • @ Hal,
    I hope you are keeping well.

    I believe it was Oscar Wilde who stated “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

    Your past quotes are being trotted out with little regard to referencing the source. One mentioned you in passing as the pal of William Skinner.

    Your banning from this platform appears not to be sufficient for some of your detractors. Here’s the tragedy, Hal. With so many terrible things taking part on the island that impact negatively on Barbados black population some would prefer to indulge in old fashioned bare knuckle fighting. Rather, then focusing on the incompetence, corruption and nepotism that has destroyed all hope on the island.

    The rascal – GP, often states that he treats attacks on him as a source of mirth. Perhaps he deserves it.

    In closing, I would state that your views are not welcomed in Barbados. You no longer live on the island and are viewed as s threat. Besides, Mia has an entourage of well paid minority advisers to lean on. Don’t forget the clocks go forward one hour tonight.

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  • @ David,
    Check your spam.

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  • 358 Covid19 tests were done on Saturday 27 March. The positivity rate was 5.5% compared to 1.33% the day before
    20 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    14 people were discharged from isolation
    160 people are currently in isolation
    0 people were vaccinated yesterday
    63,689 people have been vaccinated as of Saturday March 27, 2021. The first phase of the vaccination program is over, The second phase will begin on April 17 when people who have received the first vaccine will get their second dose.
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/28/covid-19-update-20-new-cases-14-recovered/

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  • 240 Covid19 tests were done on Sunday 28 March. The positivity rate was 2.08% compared to 5.5% the day before
    5 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    22 people were discharged from isolation
    150 people are currently in isolation
    0 people were vaccinated yesterday
    63,689 people have been vaccinated so far
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/29/covid-19-update-five-new-positive-cases-22-recoveries/

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  • @ Hal,
    I hope you are keeping well.

    I believe it was Oscar Wilde who stated “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.

    Your past quotes are being trotted out with little regard to referencing the source. One mentioned you in passing as the pal of William Skinner.

    Your banning from this platform appears not to be sufficient for some of your detractors. Here’s the tragedy, Hal. With so many terrible things taking part on the island that impact negatively on Barbados black population some would prefer to indulge in old fashioned bare knuckle fighting. Rather, then focusing on the incompetence, corruption and nepotism that has destroyed all hope on the island.

    Xxxxxxxx

    AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENTS 200 PERCENT. THEY ARE THEIR WORST ENEMY.

    SMALL MINDED AND PETTY PEOPLE.

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  • No reported cases of rare blood clots after vaccinations in Canada, but Health Canada still assessing risk

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/canada-suspends-astrazeneca-vaccine-covid-19-1.5968657

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  • Barbados could pay attention to what is happening in Canada.

    ” New data shows COVID-19 pandemic now ‘completely out of control’ in Ontario, key scientific adviser says ”

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-19-ontario-1.5968720

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  • 490 Covid19 tests were done on Monday 29 March. The positivity rate was 1.63% compared to 2.08% the day before
    8 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    13 people were discharged from isolation
    152 people are currently in isolation
    11 people [shut-ins] were vaccinated yesterday
    63,711 people have been vaccinated so far
    1 new death a 70-year-old St. Lucian woman with an underlying condition, who spent 21 days in isolation,16 of them on a ventilator.
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/03/30/covid-19-update-eight-new-cases-13-recovered-and-one-death/

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  • Late Monday, the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory group published a report that showed virus variants were sending more Ontarians to intensive care units.

    It also showed that people infected with COVID-19 variants are more likely to be hospitalized and die, placing a “considerably higher burden” on the health-care system than during the second wave of infections.

    https://www.cp24.com/news/third-covid-wave-will-lead-to-difficult-weeks-ahead-for-ontario-hospitals-oha-1.5368010

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  • It seems to me that Ottawa is headed for the ‘grey zone’ and another lock down. Cases are spiraling up with 180 new infections two days ago.

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  • 369 Covid19 tests were done on Tuesday 30 March. The positivity rate was 2.71% compared to 1.63% the day before
    10 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    18 people were discharged from isolation
    134 people are currently in isolation
    4 people [shut-ins] were vaccinated yesterday
    63,715 people have been vaccinated so far
    More here:

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  • Mia: We’re looking at other vaccines
    Enter Johnson & Johnson into the vaccine mix for Barbados.
    With the competition at an all-time high to get vaccines across the world, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said Barbados had started negotiations in an attempt to add the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to its list of drugs to tackle the COVID-19 virus.
    Mottley said last night during a 51-minute press conference that along with an expectation of 33 000 doses of AstraZeneca from the COVAX facility, which is operated through the Pan American Health Organisation, Barbados was trying to secure two additional orders commercially from either India or Europe, but had also started looking to procure Johnson & Johnson.
    The Johnson & Johnson drug requires a single inoculation, unlike AstraZeneca, Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, which require two doses of the drug.
    “The stories that are coming out from across the world about what is happening with vaccines has made this perhaps one of the most difficult exercises I’ve engaged in,” Mottley said.
    “We are not sure exactly when the COVAX vaccines are coming. We will hope that arrival will be in a few weeks. We also have the two commercial orders of AstraZeneca, and then we have the Africa Medical Supplies platform for the provision of 220 million doses of Johnson & Johnson.”
    Mottley said the African initiative should see about 1.8 million doses of Johnson & Johnson being made available for CARICOM, which would amount to around 60 000 doses for Barbados. All doses, she said, would have to be paid for by the respective governments.
    The Prime Minister said that with just under 64 000 Barbadians already vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Barbados was well on its way to herd immunity, but she noted that additional doses of whichever vaccine, would allow the country to better mitigate against the virus in the long run.
    Barbados has also started a dialogue with Cuba, which recently started Phase 3 trials of a vaccine it expects to bring to market this summer. The Government is also looking into the Russian manufactured Sputnik vaccine. (BA)

    Source: Nation

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  • (CNN) – The ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine confirms its protection lasts at least six months after the second dose, the companies said Thursday.

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  • @ David April 1, 2021 5:46 AM

    An interesting question to ask is if there can or will be any mixing and matching of the many brands of vaccines on offer.

    Can those over 63 thousand bodies who took the first dose of the Astra Zeneca take another brand for their required second dose, including the one-jab J&J?

    Shouldn’t those who were entitled and wanted to access the first round of vaccination- but were unable to do so because of administrative and logistical foul-ups- be given priority to any new supplies especially the much ‘preferred’ one-shot J&J?

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  • 655 Covid19 tests were done on Wednesday 31 March. The positivity rate was 1.06% compared to 2.71% the day before
    7 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    31 people were discharged from isolation
    112 people are currently in isolation
    13 people [shut-ins] were vaccinated yesterday
    63,728 people have been vaccinated so far
    0 new deaths. 42 deaths so far
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/01/covid-19-update-7-new-cases-31-recovered/

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  • @Hants March 31, 2021 11:34 PM “Stricter COVID-19 measures set to take effect Saturday.”

    Keep safe.

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  • Magistrate: Matter for higher power
    MAGISTRATE ELWOOD WATTS says his court is the wrong place to deal with an anomaly in a COVID-19 case, and thus he will not be pronouncing judgment on it.
    He was speaking on Wednesday in the matter of shopkeepers Emma Ann Abrahim and Churaman Veerandra, which came up for the couple to change their plea in the District “C” Magistrates’ Court, which is sitting at the District “B” Oistins Magistrates’ Court.
    “If there is an anomaly and somebody is in jail, that is something a higher court must pronounce on; the fact that a person was in jail. It comes down to lawfully or unlawfully.
    Constitutional
    “If a person is there unlawfully, something about their constitutional rights has been breached to put them there, and Elwood Watts is not going to be one to talk about that,” the magistrate said.
    Abrahim and Veerandra, of Corner of Pinfold and Roebuck Streets, The City, are accused of contravening Paragraph (3), Subparagraph (1), of the Emergency Management (COVID-19) (Curfew) (No. 3) Directive, 2021, in that there being a directive requesting every person to observe such physical distancing and associated protocols in the interest of public health imposed from February 3 to 17, being the owner/operator of a non-essential service not permitted to open in this directive, namely Aaron’s Fruit and Vegetable Mini Mart, they failed to remain closed on February 8.
    Queen’s Counsel Michael Lashley and his team of Dr Lenda Blackman, Simon Clarke, Sade Harris and Seantelle Parris, said it was a matter of the couple having been confused as to the proceedings and not being able to procure legal representation.
    Lashley explained that the pair had been served with a summons on February 22 and told to appear in court on the same day. They hurried to court and appeared before Chief Magistrate Ian Weekes in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court.
    Remanded
    They were remanded to HMP Dodds pending sentence, after the facts were read out by the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit’s special investigator Ronald Cummins. Lashley said the unit had no prosecutorial powers in the courts.
    However, he was able to secure $5 000 bail for each from the High Court. The couple reappeared before Chief Magistrate Weekes last week to change their plea, but he transferred the matter to Magistrate Watts, who now has jurisdiction over all COVID-19related cases.
    “I don’t want to say they were railroaded, but they were confused, unrepresented and it was the first time they had ever appeared in a courtroom. This is a question of law, sir,” Lashley submitted, as he asked for the matter to be dismissed.
    While Magistrate Watts said he understood the lawyer’s application, noting it was now a judicial review and constitutional motion, he would not have granted such an application as he did not see how it would help Abrahim and Veerandra, who were jailed pending sentence.
    “You’re already in jail. The only thing you can come in front me now and tell me is what sentence we talking about. You can’t tell me now about no plea,” he said.
    Magistrate Watts agreed there was an anomaly that ought not to have occurred, one that put the pair in jail.
    “How do you cure 25 days in jail? An anomaly occurs that put you there. You should be in a constitutional court. You shouldn’t be before me.
    Anomaly
    “How am I going to pronounce on something like that? All of those are things that happen that shouldn’t be dragging Elwood Watts’ name into it.
    “Any anomaly that put a man in jail has no right back before a magistrate to say x, y and z. That is a forum above my pay grade. That is for another court to say, ‘[Let us] talk something else’.” He added: “. . . I ain’t clouding it. All that I will do now will only make it worse, especially since it start out with the people saying not guilty and some persons addressing the court.
    “And after 20-somebody days you come back before the court to put that man before another magistrate? Not this one.
    “Those are issues that create a different sort of redress that I can’t address. How people get in jail on an anomaly is not for me to address. That is for a constitutional court,” he said, stressing the order had to be varied within 28 days when the initial magistrate was functus.
    The matter was adjourned to April 9 to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions to address the court.

    Source: Nation

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  • Booked an appointment to get the first jab next week and the second in July.

    Hoping for a good outcome.

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  • 664 Covid19 tests were done on Thursday 1 April. The positivity rate was 0.90% compared to 1.06% the day before
    6 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    12 people were discharged from isolation
    110 people are currently in isolation
    7 people [shut-ins] were vaccinated yesterday
    63,735 people have been vaccinated so far
    0 new deaths. 42 deaths so far
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/02/covid-19-update-six-new-positive-cases-12-recoveries/

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  • Positivity rates below 5%

    28 March, 2.08%
    29 March, 1.63%
    30 March, 2.71%
    31 March, 1.06%
    1 April, 0.90%

    It is OUR responsibility, not Mia’s, not the Minister of Health’s, but the responsibilty of each one of us to keep the positivity rate below 5% over the next 9 days and going forward, so

    Wear masks whenever possible, even when at home with others
    Wash your hands with soap and water, or sanitize with alcohol
    Keep your distance, at least 6 feet away from other people. whenever possible, even when at home with others

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  • David;
    I’ve submitted the Covid-19 update charts for the week ending 2nd April. Cuhdear’s comments above are totally in sync with the charts. It is possible to beat Covid-19 if we all stick with the protocols and if we get access to all the required vaccines asap.

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  • NorthernObserver

    @Hants
    hope all goes well for you.
    Do they tell you which vaccine will be administered at the time of booking?

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  • Thanks Lysol for your spelling contribution to th cause.

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  • Attached are charts for week ending 2021-04-02. The active cases do not include Jamaica (21499) as the Jamaica active cases were disproportionately higher than the others being compared. The changes in the other active cases charts, without Jamaica, now allows a better comparison between the remaining 5 countries. The Barbados positivity percentages are now consistently trending downwards and are suggestive of the relatively strong measure of control here. Guyana and Trinidad’s active cases are trending up again.

    Source: Lyall Small

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  • @ NorthernObserver,

    I booked online and did not see an option to choose which vaccine I would be getting.

    Likely will be Astrazeneca

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  • @Lyall

    Agree Jamaica is an outlier.

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  • 346 Covid19 tests were done on Friday 2 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 0.86% compared to 0.90% the day before
    3 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    20 people were discharged from isolation
    105 people are currently in isolation
    3 people [shut-ins] were vaccinated yesterday
    63,738 people have been vaccinated so far
    1 new death, a 70-year-old Barbadian man with co-morbidities. 43 deaths so far
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/03/covid-19-update-3-new-cases-20-recovered-1-death/

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  • Positivity rates below 5%

    28 March, 2.08%
    29 March, 1.63%
    30 March, 2.71%
    31 March, 1.06%
    1 April, 0.90%
    2 April, 0.86%

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  • Florida prohibits vaccine passports, citing ‘freedom’

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  • It getting scary up here

    ” Numbers on both Friday and Saturday mark highest single-day case counts since Jan. 17 ”

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-19-omnibus-april-3-1.5974789

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  • ” After three straight days of declining COVID-19 cases, including a low of three on Good Friday, the number of new infections was back in double digits.”

    There were 11 new positive COVID-19 cases – three men and eight women –identified on Saturday, April 3, from among 433 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

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  • Cuba reported on Friday 1,077 new COVID-19 infections, the highest number in a day, bringing the total to 77,353 cases, along with another four deaths for a total of 429, the Ministry of Public Health said.

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  • @Hants

    Do we agree Barbados and many other Caribbean islands continue to do a good job?

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  • @ David,

    Yes they appear to be doing a good job and I hope the cases continue to decline.

    Ontario where I live is seeing a rise in covid 19 cases and some hospital ICUs are almost at capacity.

    I will be getting my first shot on Friday and the second is scheduled for July 30th.
    Hope I don’t end up in hospitalor the ICU.

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  • 433 Covid19 tests were done on Saturday 3 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 2.54% compared to 0.86% the day before
    11 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    8 people were discharged from isolation
    103 people are currently in isolation
    0 people [shut-ins] were vaccinated yesterday
    63,738 people have been vaccinated so far
    0 new deaths
    More here:https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/04/covid-19-update-11-new-cases-8-recoveries/

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  • Positivity rates below 5%

    28 March, 2.08%
    29 March, 1.63%
    30 March, 2.71%
    31 March, 1.06%
    1 April, 0.90%
    2 April, 0.86%
    3 April, 2.54%

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/04/33600-doses-of-astrazeneca-vaccines-en-route-to-barbados/
    Barbados is all set to receive 33, 600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine – the first of a batch purchased under the global vaccine purchasing programme, COVAX, early on Tuesday morning.

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  • 354 Covid19 tests were done on Sunday 4 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.69% compared to 2.54% the day before
    6 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    3 people were discharged from isolation
    109 people are currently in isolation
    0 people were vaccinated yesterday
    63,738 people have been vaccinated so far
    0 new deaths

    More here:https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/05/covid-19-update-six-new-cases-three-recoveries-2/

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  • Positivity rates below 5%

    28 March, 2.08%
    29 March, 1.63%
    30 March, 2.71%
    31 March, 1.06%
    1 April, 0.90%
    2 April, 0.86%
    3 April, 2.54%
    4 April, 1.69%

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  • The Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Keith Rowley has tested positive for COVID-19.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/06/regional-rowley-tests-positive-for-covid-19/

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  • TLSNApril 6, 2021 11:29 AM

    Good reading. On the conclusion, there is a big difference between half of the population being vaccinated, as in Israel and a third, as in Chile. Moreso, as Chile’s population is twice that of Israel.

    But, the points on continued public protocols and adherence to those, as in Israel, are also relevant. Because we are still learning about this virus, public health protocols, on top of widespread vaccination, should be the methods used to contain the virus, while attempting to reintroduce economic life.

    One aspect that was not mentioned in the article, that may have bearing on spread, is the possibility of comparative variants. Is Chile being affected by a different variant than Israel? Both the UK and Brazil variants are significantly worse than the original virus. The US is now learning this the hard way.

    The lesson for Barbados is to jab those arms…until we get 90% of people, barring children, vaccinated. In the meantime, keep a strong border protocol and public health protocols, so that economic life may function fully, even with significantly reduced tourism.

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  • 271 Covid19 tests were done on Monday 5 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 2.21% compared to 1.69% the day before
    6 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    20 people were discharged from isolation
    102 people are currently in isolation
    0 people were vaccinated yesterday
    63,738 people have been vaccinated so far
    0 new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/06/covid-19-update-6-new-cases-20-recovered/

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  • Positivity rates below 5%

    28 March, 2.08%
    29 March, 1.63%
    30 March, 2.71%
    31 March, 1.06%
    1 April, 0.90%
    2 April, 0.86%
    3 April, 2.54%
    4 April, 1.69%
    5 April, 2.21%

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  • Lockdown and Stay at home

    ” Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced on Wednesday that the province will be put under a state of emergency and stay-at-home order beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday for at least four weeks. “

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  • Pay attention.

    ” A 16-year-old Quebecer has died of complications from COVID-19, a spokesperson for the Sainte-Justine pediatric hospital in Montreal said Wednesday.”

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  • Why did people believe that Easter would be a super spreader? And, was it?

    Good job, cuhdear.

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  • 558 Covid19 tests were done on Tuesday 6 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.0% compared to 2.21% the day before
    6 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    8 people were discharged from isolation
    96 people are currently in isolation
    0 people were vaccinated yesterday
    63,738 people have been vaccinated so far
    1 new death, a 52 year old man with co-morbidities
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/07/covid-10-update-six-new-cases-eight-recoveries-one-death/

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  • Positivity rates below 5%

    28 March, 2.08%
    29 March, 1.63%
    30 March, 2.71%
    31 March, 1.06%
    1 April, 0.90%
    2 April, 0.86% Good Friday Public Holiday
    3 April, 2.54%
    4 April, 1.69% Easter Sunday
    5 April, 2.21% Easter Monday Public Holiday
    6 April, 1.0%

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  • 453 Covid19 tests were done on Wednesday 7 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.54% compared to 1.0% the day before
    7 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    11 people were discharged from isolation
    95 people are currently in isolation
    9 people were vaccinated yesterday
    63,747 people have been vaccinated so far
    0 new deaths
    More here:https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/08/covid-19-update-7-new-cases-11-recovered/

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  • Positivity rates below 5%

    28 March, 2.08%
    29 March, 1.63%
    30 March, 2.71%
    31 March, 1.06%
    1 April, 0.90%
    2 April, 0.86% Good Friday Public Holiday
    3 April, 2.54%
    4 April, 1.69% Easter Sunday
    5 April, 2.21% Easter Monday Public Holiday
    6 April, 1.0%
    7 April, 1.54%

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  • Data from MARCH 9
    402 covid tests done
    20 new cases of Covid
    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 as of March 9, 2021

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  • Visitors with jab invited under new protocols
    Vaccinated visitors will be welcome to Barbados under a new public health protocols from May 8.
    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said yesterday the decision was one backed by science, and based on a combination of the country’s decreasing positivity rate of COVID-19, continuation of the National Vaccine Programme, and its improved capacity to do more testing if required.
    In a nationally televised address, she said it was important the country got its economic engines turning again, and there was no better place to start than with its biggest income earner, tourism.
    “That thing that sustains a large part, 45 per of our economic activity, is tourism. That cannot remain shut down and closed, particularly because since the beginning of this year there has been a large number of persons in our traditional source markets who have been vaccinated, and who have expressed a determination to travel later in this year,” Mottley said.
    She added that meetings were held with the Social Partnership, Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc., University of the West Indies and stakeholders in the hotel industry to determine what number of arrivals Barbados could control, contain and manage under a new protocol regime.
    New regulations
    The authorities therefore settled on a protocol where from May 8, people completing a two-dose vaccine, plus a 14-day lay period, and those getting a one-dose inoculation, also plus 14 days, would be considered properly vaccinated travellers, and allowed to enter Barbados.
    “They will be permitted to come with a different set of protocols as compared to who are not vaccinated,” the Prime Minister explained. “It still requires that even though you are vaccinated, you come with a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours, and upon arrival, the morning after you will do another PCR test, or rapid test, and have limited movement in hotel or facility until a second negative test.”
    If that test within 24 hours of arrival is also negative, the visitors can traverse the country as they see fit.
    Mottley said that public health officials were aware that the chance of being vaccinated and infected again was there, but miniscule, and the new protocols were to meet the risk involved. “We have the additional protection of vaccination on our end,” she added, while saying there was increased comfort because more than 63 000 Barbadians had already been inoculated.
    Currently, Barbados’ protocols demand that all visitors arrive with a negative PCR test, then complete a seven-day quarantine, inclusive of a second PCR test which has to be negative for COVID-19 before being allowed into the public domain.
    She said logistical work would be facilitated within the next few weeks so Barbados would have the necessary software technology at its disposal to verify the health status of those vaccinated.
    (BA)

    Source: Nation

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  • George still backs AstraZeneca vaccine
    By Colville Mounsey
    colvillemounsey@nationnews.com
    As complications continue to unfold with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the latest being confirmation from the European drug regulators of linkage between the shot and rare blood clots, this country’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George is standing by the safety of the jab developed by the UKbased pharmaceutical company.
    In an interview with the Weekend Nation, George contends that with serious limitations in options and with the benefits far outweighing the risk, there is no point trying to change the course which has already seen just over 63 000 people receiving their first dose of the vaccine in Barbados.
    WHO approval
    He also pointed out that despite the development, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has maintained its stamp of approval for the use of the vaccine, even as the UK, one of the strongest advocates of the AstraZeneca vaccine, is no longer recommending the injection for persons under the age of 30.
    “We are continuing to monitor the situation, but it is a situation where the benefits far outweigh the risk and clotting phenomenon are extremely rare and the vaccine is considered safe even though some countries are now using an age cut-off for younger people. We continue to be guided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) and they have not given us any indication that their original recommendation has changed at this point,” said George.
    The Chief Medical Officer explained that while Barbados was still trying to get their hands on other vaccines, those efforts have not yet borne fruit and therefore it came down to a choice of facing a very small risk in order to protect the population from the deadly virus, or no protection at all. He further noted that every medication comes with some side effects, pointing out that thus far only mild side effects have been reported among the vaccinated population.
    “The vaccines are generally safe and the only way we would be able to get out of this predicament that we are in is if we vaccinate. Unfortunately for countries like Barbados and countries in the developing world, the vaccine available to us is the AstraZeneca vaccine. This country has a made a push to get other vaccines, but they are not available to us yet. However, we believe in safety first and based on the information that we have, the vaccine that we are using is safe,” said George.
    He added: “If hypothetically you are saying that one in a million persons may have significant complications, are you going to tell the rest of the public that you are not going to vaccinate them? It makes no sense because with any drug that you take whether it be tablets or vaccines, there is always a small percentage of the population in which it may cause some adverse reaction.”
    Concern
    George acknowledged that as this development continues to be a major talking point globally, his office is now concerned about increased vaccine hesitancy locally. Recently an anti-vaccine movement has picked up momentum as more than 400 people visited Haggatt Hall, St Michael, last weekend to sign a petition against what has been described as “vaccine intimidation”, which was started by social activist Winston Clarke a few weeks ago.
    However, the CMO took the opportunity to remind persons that vaccination was the only hope for the country to return to some sense of normalcy.
    “The way the world is going now, I will just let persons in Barbados know that it is soon going to be a requirement for people travelling to be vaccinated. We may get to that point and the persons who are saying that they are not interested in getting a vaccine, need to understand that it may come at a price to them. For example, Barbados is looking at a concept of vaccine only cruises and for persons coming via air or sea,” he stressed.

    Source: Nation

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  • COVID-19 testing fair in Speightstown tomorrow

    Article by Kobie Broomes
    Published on
    April 8, 2021

    The Ministry of Health and Wellness will host a free COVID-19 testing fair tomorrow, Friday, April 9, at the Speightstown Community Centre, St. Peter, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

    It is being held under the theme Know Your Status, and members of the public are encouraged to come out and get tested.

    Testing will also take place at the Six Men’s Pentecostal Church, in St. Peter, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (BGIS)

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  • 619 Covid19 tests were done on Thursday 8 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 0.64% compared to 1.54% the day before
    4 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    3 people were discharged from isolation
    100 people are currently in isolation
    898 people were vaccinated yesterday
    64,645 people have been vaccinated so far
    new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/09/covid-19-update-four-new-cases-three-recoveries-2/

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  • Positivity rates below 5%

    28 March, 2.08%
    29 March, 1.63%
    30 March, 2.71%
    31 March, 1.06%
    1 April, 0.90%
    2 April, 0.86% Good Friday Public Holiday
    3 April, 2.54%
    4 April, 1.69% Easter Sunday
    5 April, 2.21% Easter Monday Public Holiday
    6 April, 1.0%
    7 April, 1.54%
    8 April, 0.64%

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  • Just got back home from getting the first Astrazeneca shot. Next one is July 30th.

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  • Good for you Hants. Share your side effects please if any, appears to be different for each person.

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  • Attached are the charts for the week ending April 09.  The positivity charts for Barbados indicate that there has been a consistent gradual reduction in percent positivity here over the past 3 to 4 weeks.  But we are not yet out of the woods. It is still a bit too early to claim victory as the active cases charts for Guyana and Trinidad and, even st Lucia, suggest – Lyall Small

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  • 587 Covid19 tests were done on Friday 9 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.87% compared to 0.64% the day before
    11 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    8 people were discharged from isolation
    100 people are currently in isolation
    1,222 people were vaccinated yesterday
    65,867 people have been vaccinated so far
    0 new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/10/covid-19-update-11-new-cases-8-recoveries-2/

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  • Positivity rates below 5%

    28 March, 2.08%
    29 March, 1.63%
    30 March, 2.71%
    31 March, 1.06%
    1 April, 0.90%
    2 April, 0.86% Good Friday Public Holiday
    3 April, 2.54%
    4 April, 1.69% Easter Sunday
    5 April, 2.21% Easter Monday Public Holiday
    6 April, 1.0%
    7 April, 1.54%
    8 April, 0.64%
    9 April, 1.87%

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  • 321 Covid19 tests were done on Saturday 10 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 3.42 % compared to 1.87% the day before
    11 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    20 people were discharged from isolation
    79 people are currently in isolation
    6 people were vaccinated yesterday
    65,873 people have been vaccinated so far
    0 new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/11/covid-19-update-11-new-cases-20-recoveries/

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