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

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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%
    10 April, 3.42 % The highest positivity rate in 14 days

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  • Ontario reports record-high 4,456 new COVID-19 cases Sunday

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid19-update-april-11-1.5983224

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  • 220 Covid19 tests were done on Sunday 11 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.81% compared to 3.42 % the day before
    4 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    6 people were discharged from isolation
    88 people are currently in isolation
    0 people were vaccinated yesterday
    65,873 people have been vaccinated so far. The same number as the day before. Heavy volcanic dust prevented any vaccinations yesterday
    0 new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/12/covid-19-update-4-new-cases-6-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%
    8 April, 0.64%
    9 April, 1.87%
    10 April, 3.42 % The highest positivity rate in 14 days
    11 April 1.81%

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  • TORONTO — As the third wave overtakes the province, with no sign of slowing down, Ontario’s hospitals are turning into war zones — and those working in the ICUs are warning that we’re not just running out of beds, but also of the people capable of treating the patients in them.

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/ontario-s-hard-hit-icus-aren-t-just-running-out-of-beds-but-also-doctors-and-nurses-1.5384974

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  • @Hants

    Read that Canada’s infections exceeded USA yesterday.

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  • 153 Covid19 tests were done on Tuesday 13 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 2.61%
    4 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    11 people were discharged from isolation
    85 people are currently in isolation
    0 people were vaccinated yesterday
    65,873 people have been vaccinated so far. The same number as the day before. Heavy volcanic dust prevented any vaccinations yesterday
    0 new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/14/covid-19-update-4-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%
    8 April, 0.64%
    9 April, 1.87%
    10 April, 3.42 % The highest positivity rate in 14 days
    11 April 1.81%
    12 April??
    13 April, 2.61%

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  • It is getting worse in Ontario.

    “Across Ontario, there are 4,736 new cases of COVID-19, a single day record for cases in the province. ”

    https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/ontario-sets-single-day-record-for-covid-19-cases-342-new-cases-in-ottawa-1.5388592

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  • 562 Covid19 tests were done on Wednesday 14 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.60%
    compared to 2.61% the previous day
    9 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    4 people were discharged from isolation
    80 people are currently in isolation
    196 people were vaccinated yesterday
    65,069 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths
    Because of the volcanic dust virtually everybody is wearing masks, so maybe the positivity rate may go down a bit??
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/15/covid-19-update-nine-new-cases-four-discharged/

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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%
    10 April, 3.42 % The highest positivity rate in 14 days
    11 April 1.81%
    12 April??
    13 April, 2.61%
    14 April, 1.60%

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  • I do not like positivity rates that much. It is like setting down traps in a part of the forest and then counting the number of rabbits that you caught.

    There are some parts where you may not set traps, but where there are a large number of rabbits.

    However, testing and contract tracing is still the best method determining where to place the traps.

    Good job cuhdear. You and lyall are just fantastic

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  • Bosstic and gang has done a great job against covid-19 and the coven.

    Looks as if they overcame and banished the coven (Mariposa & co.) and will do the same to covid-19.

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  • 562 Covid19 tests were done on Thursday 15 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 2.08% compared to 1.60% the previous day
    12 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    10 people were discharged from isolation
    77 people are currently in isolation
    1831 people were vaccinated yesterday
    66,900 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths
    Because of the volcanic dust virtually everybody is wearing masks, so maybe the positivity rate may go down a bit??
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/16/covid-19-update-12-new-cases-10-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% 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%
    10 April, 3.42 % The highest positivity rate in 14 days
    11 April 1.81%
    12 April??
    13 April, 2.61%
    14 April, 1.60%
    15 April, 2.08% 14th day after the Easter Holy Days began on Good Friday, 2nd April.

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  • But there is this

    Apostle: List of 14 sent to ministry and ‘none negative’ cries sabotage
    19 at Harvest Ministries Covid-19 positive
    by MARIA BRADSHAW
    mariabradshaw@nationnews.com
    NINETEEN MEMBERS of the World Harvest Ministries in Speightstown, St Peter, have tested positive for COVID-19 and their leader, who has been preaching against the closure of places of worship, is adamant the virus was “planted” at his church. While the church members were all in isolation at Harrison Point, St Lucy, leaders Apostle Lynroy and Heather Scantlebury had rejected taking the COVID-19 test and were in isolation at their home over the last eight days.
    However, following inquiries from this newspaper about the church on Monday, Scantlebury said he was subsequently ordered by Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George to report to Paragon in Christ Church. “This was planted at our church,” he told the MIDWEEK NATION during a telephone interview from Paragon.
    On Monday, when contacted following reports from a church member that 22 of them had tested positive, George said, “The information about 22 people is false”, pointing out there were only seven positive cases. He also said the church had been closed because of certain issues.
    “There is a church in the north of the island which the Ministry [of Health] has been investigating over the last ten to 14 days. There were a total of seven persons who have tested positive and this was based on our contact tracing. Those persons were sent to Harrison Point per usual.
    “We understand that there are some issues within the church with respect to flouting the laws of Barbados. The church was closed for a minimum of two weeks and the public health officials will direct the next move,” he said.
    However, Scantlebury said he was informed by George yesterday that 19 members from his church had tested positive. He added the church had sent a list of 14 to the ministry and none of them was negative. The minister charged that his church was never closed by officials and further denied reports they had breached the earlier protocols by having more than ten stipulated members in attendance. “We have not been contacted by the COVID Unit. We have not had any calls from them saying they have closed World Harvest,” he said. “The last service we had was on April 4. We went into quarantine and sent a note out to my ministers and members, notifying them that we are in a 14 day quarantine and the ministry would be closed for those 14 days. I have always operated within the rule of what we had to do and my members know that.”
    He admitted that he and his wife had rejected receiving the COVID-19 test because they felt they would be “sabotaged” due to the statements he made criticising Government on closing the churches

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  • Where I live.

    Ontario’s new COVID-19 restrictions include increased police powers, restricting gatherings

    https://globalnews.ca/news/7764119/covid-ontario-restrictions-police-borders-gatherings/

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  • Lynroy C. Scantlebury
    Election Candidate, Barbados
    Lynroy C. Scantlebury is a Barbadian politician.
    Career
    Lynroy C. Scantlebury is the Senior Minister of World Harvest Ministries Int’l, located in Speightstown, St. Peter. He is the Chief Executive of Scantlebury Financial Investments, and President of the Lynroy Scantlebury Foundation for Excellence.
    He has also served on the Board of Management of the St. Lucy Secondary School. He is also the Public Relations Officer of the West Coast Gospel Inc., which hosts the annual Northern Primary Schools Choir Competition.
    Scantlebury will be contesting the St. Peter seat in the 2018 general election. He unsuccessfully contested the seat in the 2013 election as independent candidate.
    Personal life
    Scantlebury is married to wife Heather who serves with him in the ministry.

    Source: http://caribbeanelections.com/knowledge/biography/bios/scantlebury_lynroy.asp

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  • The New Barbados Kingdom Alliance received 72 votes in the 2013 election. The party had promised to wipe our Barbados’ debt in 2 years, and to stamp out corruption. Since 153,204 votes were cast in that election I guess that the electorate was not convinced.

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  • The cleric suggested that the virus would go away when Christians of faith and action tell it to, arguing that instead, they were waiting for it to run its course.

    Source: Barbados Today, April 10. 2020

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  • Call for apostle’s apology
    By Maria Bradshaw mariabradshaw@nationnews.com
    Some members of World Harvest Ministries International Church are demanding an apology from their leader, Apostle Lynroy Scantlebury, as more people who attend the St Peter-based church continue to test positive for COVID-19.
    Upset members told the Weekend Nation they felt misled by the church and fell victim to Scantlebury’s many pronunciations that COVID-19 could not touch the church. As a result, they did not strictly adhere to the health protocols.
    “Yes, people had to get their temperatures checked before they entered the church but on March 21, we had 68 people in attendance and on March 26 we had about 75 people and no one was wearing masks or social distancing,” one church member said.
    The individual said there were about 26 people, including 19 church members, as well as family members who tested positive and were at the Harrison Point isolation facility in St Lucy, while more were in quarantine at a hotel.
    Church members also revealed there were others critically ill at home but refusing to get tested.
    Scantlebury and his wife, Heather, had declined to take the COVID-19 test and were quarantining at home, but were ordered by Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George to report to the Paragon facility in Christ Church on Monday.
    On Tuesday in an interview with this newspaper, Scantlebury, who has been strongly criticising Government over the closure of churches and only allowing a maximum of ten people to attend services during the lockdown periods, said he believed the disease was “planted” at his church.
    “How can you plant COVID?” a church member asked yesterday, as he expressed disappointment that, as far as he knew, Scantlebury had not personally reached out to sick members at Harrison Point.
    “Members are angry that he has not personally contacted those who are sick, not even those in his inner circle. It is very hurtful because we had to watch when a member’s wife collapsed, went into a coughing fit and had to be taken to the Intensive Care Unit for observation for 48 hours.
    “There are families up there who are sick. There are people on oxygen fighting for their lives and are on ventilators,” the member cried.
    Another member said when officials reached out to the church to request contact tracing following the first few cases, a list of names submitted to health officials was “doctored” while members were advised not to submit to the test.
    “Members were told not to get the test and if they went for the test, to put menthol in their nose, because this would affect the test. We were told not to mention the church’s name if we were asked about contact tracing.”
    Describing Scantlebury as “a very charismatic leader”, a member said that was the reason why they believed him that COVID-19 would not get into the church.
    “At the end of the day, it is only now that when you really look at it, you have an understanding that you were in a sense blinded by the situation. You got to realise, too, that when you under leadership, it is only when you sit by yourself and think, that you tell yourself what you did was wrong or you were naive to certain things. He is a very charismatic leader.”
    The member added that the church also had an official stationed downstairs the building who was acting as the lookout for police or the COVID Monitoring Unit, while those in attendance were advised to park their vehicles away from the church located at the Omni Corporate Centre in Speightstown.
    A relative of a church member who is at Harrison Point said they were now discovering the lengths church leaders had gone to shield the church.
    But she asked: “Why did they not go to such lengths to protect members from COVID?”
    The relative also shared a WhatsApp message which Scantlebury sent to his leaders on Wednesday in which he denied giving an interview to the Nation.
    In the message, which he signed, he said: “I have not to this day given any interview to any media house in Barbados . . . . At this time all I can ask is for you to stay strong and keep praying. We love you all – only God’s victory for us in this situation.”
    When contacted again yesterday, Scantlebury reiterated that he had not submitted to an “official interview” with this newspaper.
    However, when asked if he had heard comments made by Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic about
    COVID-19 cases at a church in the north, he said he was dealing with two emergency situations and it was not a good time to speak on the matter.
    Source: Weekend Nation, Friday 16 April, 2021

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  • Critical Analyzer

    This latest cluster shows we started down the wrong path we all know is unsustainable the moment we put all our eggs in the vaccine, masks, social distance and sanitize basket, completely ignoring all the successful studies on simple, cheap treatments like Hydroxychloroquine+Zinc, Ivermectin, Vitamin D, etc. that work wonders to stop its progression when taken early.

    Does our CMO and other persons responsible for making the policy decisions and directives have any idea what criteria is required for them to
    1) START widespread early use of proven cheap drugs and supplements treatments,
    2) CLOSE Harrison Point and
    3) STOP the Mask, social distancing, hand sanitizing requirements

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  • GP, one time BU "resident doctor"

    critical
    add tumeric tea three times daily as advised by the heath authorities in Jamaica

    tumeric is know for its anti-imflammatory characteristics and is used to counteract the posible imflammatory effects of the cytocrines that really cause the trouble in covid

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  • Attached are C-19 graphs for the week ending 16th April 2021.  Barbados is now showing a slight but possibly worrying upward trend in daily cases, as well as positivity percentages (even though these are still below the benchmark levels).  These indications are possibly mainly due to the cluster at a northern church which might not have been totally eliminated.  The active cases chart also appears to tell the same story.  The authorities, from this week’s press conference, appear to be concentrating on this cluster and will hopefully be successful in eliminating it,  given their good performance so far – Lyall Small

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  • 410 Covid19 tests were done on Friday 16 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.95% compared to 2.08% the previous day
    8 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    8 people were discharged from isolation
    88 people are currently in isolation
    1580 people were vaccinated yesterday
    68,480 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths
    Because of the volcanic dust virtually everybody is wearing masks, so maybe the positivity rate may go down a bit??
    More here:https: //barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/17/covid-19-update-8-new-cases-8-recovered/

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  • 11,936 more women than men have been vaccinated.

    I wonder if Critical Analyzer has been vaccinated?

    I wonder if Lynroy Scantlebury has been vaccinated?

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  • 99 more men than women have caught Covid.

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  • Met a gentleman today, elderly, unstable diabetic. Was wearing mask with the nose uncovered. Does not “believe” in the vaccine and will not to take it. Does not take advice from women, however well intentioned. He and nearly 12,000 other men.

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  • I noticed that women were outnumbering men lately in new infections. On one occasion it was eight cases all of whom were women. The church cluster explains that.

    I am always wary of these churches that spring up suddenly with an “apostle” at the head and a “First Lady” wife or even a husband and wife pastoral team.

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  • 365 Covid19 tests were done on Saturday 17 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 2.19 % compared to 1.95% the previous day
    8 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    9 people were discharged from isolation
    84 people are currently in isolation
    1010 people were vaccinated yesterday
    69,490 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/18/covid-19-update-8-new-cases-9-recovered/

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  • New date for start of vaccine second doses – New date for start of vaccine second doses: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/18/new-date-for-start-of-vaccine-second-doses/

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  • 288 Covid19 tests were done on Sunday 18 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.04% compared to 2.19 % the previous day
    3 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    16 people were discharged from isolation
    86 people are currently in isolation
    1268 people were vaccinated yesterday
    70,758 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/19/covid-19-update-3-new-cases-16-discharged/

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  • Had my second vaccine 8 hours ago. It was real fast. In and out of the clinic is less than half an hour.
    Feeling fine.

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  • 288 Covid19 tests were done on Monday 19 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.82% compared to 1.04% the previous day
    9 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    11 people were discharged from isolation
    87 people are currently in isolation
    126 people were vaccinated yesterday
    70,884 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/20/covid-19-update-9-new-cases-11-discharged/

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  • CORRECTION: 494 Covid19 tests were done on Monday 19 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.82% compared to 1.04% the previous day

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  • DEATHS PER MILLION PEOPLE:

    UK 1,867
    USA 1,749
    Canada 624
    St. Lucia 374
    Guyana 343
    Antigua 314
    Jamaica 248
    Barbados 153
    Trinidad 110
    St. Vincent 90
    Grenada 9
    Dominica 0
    St. Kitts/Nevis 0

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  • COVID19 INFECTIONS PER MILLION PEOPLE:

    USA 97,712
    UK 64,445
    Canada 29,906
    St. Lucia 23,977
    St. Vincent 16,355
    Guyana 15,072
    Jamaica 14,893
    Barbados 13,155
    Antigua 12,346
    Trinidad 6,389
    Dominica 2,288
    Grenada 1,390
    St. Kitts/Nevis 822

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  • The USA has/had an infection rate which is 118.87 times higher than that of St. Kitts.

    Covid19 is a viral disease which is exponentially spread by HUMAN BEHAVIOR.

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  • QEH cluster
    Ministry probing Covid-19 outbreak among security staff
    by BARRY ALLEYNE barryalleyne@nationnews.com
    THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL (QEH) is dealing with another cluster of COVID-19.
    Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George told the MIDWEEK NATION yesterday that health authorities had launched a special contact tracing initiative over the past 48 hours, after investigations unearthed some positive cases at the state-run facility.
    A number of COVID-19 tests have been conducted, and health workers will now be concentrating on finding friends, family members or close associates of any people who may have been exposed while at the QEH over the last few days.
    “Over the last 48 hours we have been investigating cases of COVID-19 out of the security detail at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. There have been a total of nine positive cases so far, and those persons are in isolation,” George said.
    He added the ministry would now focus on the friends and family members of those nine people who had tested positive for the virus to determine how many people had been exposed to it.
    “We are also testing many more people associated with that cluster today and tomorrow,” he said.
    George also rubbished rumours circulating on social media platforms that at least 42 cases originating at the QEH were directly connected to another cluster within a northern church which the Ministry of Health has been investigating since last week.
    “There is a rumour out that this may have been related to the church up north, but we have no information to support that,” he noted.
    But that information was different from what was disseminated yesterday by the QEH, which confirmed one case of the virus was linked to the northern church.
    Tested positive
    “In our continuing efforts to keep the public informed
    on matters related to COVID-19 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, we wish to advise the general public that on Friday, April 16, a member of the hospital’s security team tested positive for COVID-19.
    “A contact tracing exercise was immediately undertaken, which revealed a link between this staff member and a community case associated with a church in the north of the island,” the hospital said in a release.
    “To protect staff and patients, the QEH has followed all protocols with regard to the quarantine and testing of other security personnel with whom the affected individual was in contact. As in the case of previous positive staff members, deep cleaning was conducted of the work areas. In that regard, the security office and communal spaces, such as the Security Department, lunch and restrooms, have already undergone this deep cleaning,” it added.
    The hospital said that arising out of the incident, phased COVID-19 PCR testing was started there last Saturday. So far, 85 people have been tested, from which there have been ten positive results.
    “Furthermore, since Sunday, April 18, 2021, all 85 security personnel, along with the associated housekeeping staff member assigned to the Security Department, have been placed in quarantine. These individuals will be retested [tomorrow]. They will be allowed to leave quarantine and return to work when they obtain two consecutive negative COVID-19 PCR test results.”
    All security staff who have officially been cleared for work will resume duty on Saturday.

    Source: Nation

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  • 403 Covid19 tests were done on Tuesday 20 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 0.99%
    compared to 1.82% the previous day
    4 new cases of Covid19 were discovered on that day
    12 people were discharged from isolation
    83 people are currently in isolation
    250 people were vaccinated on that day
    71,134 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/04/21/covid-19-update-4-new-cases-12-discharged/

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Time for our COVID Strategy to change.

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  • “Since March last year, the UK has recorded 121,000 more fatalities than would be expected – a rate of 183 excess deaths per 100,000 people, according to analysis of official figures by the Economist. Excess deaths refers to the number of deaths from all causes during the crisis over and above what you would expect to see under ‘normal’ conditions, typically compared with the historical average from recent years:

    Other countries with high excess death rates, expressed in excess deaths per 100,000 people:
    Peru 412
    Bulgaria 338
    Mexico 321
    Russia 313
    Lithuania 301
    N. Macedonia 283
    Ecuador 281
    Serbia 264
    Czech Republic 247
    Bosnia Herzegovia 245
    S. Africa 237
    Moldova 231
    Romania 229
    Slovakia 224
    Poland 219
    Portugal 207
    Albania 206
    Bolivia 203
    Kazakhstan 200
    Italy 197
    UK 183
    USA 182

    Source: https://metro.co.uk

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  • Ottawa – New daily cases of COVID-19 in Canada could almost double to more than 15 000 from 8 600 by the end of April unless stricter measures are taken as new coronavirus variants spread, health officials warned on Friday.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/04/23/canada-officials-say-covid-19-cases-almost-double/

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  • https://www.nationnews.com/2021/04/23/fourteen-new-virus-cases-two-people-recover/

    Fourteen new cases (seven women and seven men) of coronavirus (COVID-19) were recorded on Thursday, April 22.

    Barbados betta be careful

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  • Attached are the 3 charts for the week ending 23rd April.  Data, as usual was from Worldometer.  There have been only relatively minor changes this week. Active cases in Jamaica, T&T and Guyana are still increasing significantly.  Barbados’ incidence data seems to be flattening out, seemingly at a relatively higher than expected level which is probably to be expected, given the current active clusters that the Officials have been hinting at over the last couple of weeks – Lyall Small

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  • Data from a week ago, that is Saturday 17 April, 2021
    365 Covid19 tests were done on Saturday 17 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 2.19 % compared to 1.95% the previous day
    8 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    9 people were discharged from isolation
    84 people are currently in isolation
    1010 people were vaccinated yesterday
    69,490 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths

    Data from yesterday, that is Saturday 24 April 2021
    321 Covid19 tests were done on Saturday 24 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 0.31% compared to 2.19 % a week ago
    1 new case of Covid19 was discovered yesterday
    9 people were discharged from isolation
    104 people are currently in isolation
    3238 people were vaccinated between last Saturday and yesterday
    72,728 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths between Saturday 17 and Saturday 24, 2021

    P.S. Busy cleaning volcanic ash much of this week

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  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/aylmer-church-defies-province-sunday-service-1.6001630

    Aylmer police say they are investigating and will be pressing charges after “one of the largest services” was held at an Aylmer, Ont. church Sunday morning that has continually defied the province’s COVID-19 rules.

    The Church of God at Aylmer held an in-person Sunday service that was also live streamed, where dozens of people were seen congregating indoors while not wearing masks or following physical distancing protocol.

    This comes after four people were charged on Tuesday when officers received a tip about a gathering taking place at the church. Police say upon attending, they found 18 people not following public health rules.

    Aylmer police say they are investigating and will be pressing charges after “one of the largest services” was held at an Aylmer, Ont. church Sunday morning that has continually defied the province’s COVID-19 rules.

    The Church of God at Aylmer held an in-person Sunday service that was also live streamed, where dozens of people were seen congregating indoors while not wearing masks or following physical distancing protocol.

    This comes after four people were charged on Tuesday when officers received a tip about a gathering taking place at the church. Police say upon attending, they found 18 people not following public health rules.

    MPP Randy Hillier and MP Derek Sloan were among those in attendance during Sunday’s service and spoke alongside Pastor Henry Hildebrandt.

    Kristen Nagle, a London, Ont. nurse who was fired after speaking out against lockdown measures and organizing anti-lockdown rallies also attended Sunday’s service.
    An anti-lockdown protest was held in Stratford, Ont. later Sunday where Hillier, Sloan and Nagle were also seen attending.

    Horvat said Aylmer police have and will continue to take a “gradual” approach to educate and liaison with the church and churchgoers.

    “We’ve done that, we’ve done that over the course of the last 13 months and there doesn’t seem to be any will to abide by the current rules,” he said. “We’re at the stage right now where we have no other option, but to proceed with the charges with those who are identified.”

    Horvat said while this has a significant impact on the small community of Aylmer, police will continue to take an approach to educate those not abiding by COVID-19 rules.

    “From my perspective, I hope and wish that people would understand the current situation that we were in however we can’t control their actions,” Horvat said.

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  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/church-of-god-aylmer-charges-1.5996169

    Four people in Aylmer have been charged, with more to come, after the latest gathering at the Church of God at Aylmer, a house of worship that’s become known for its pervasive defiance of Ontario emergency health orders during the pandemic.

    Officers with the Aylmer Police Service visited the church on Tuesday night after a tip from the public about a gathering inside the church.

    Police allege 18 people who weren’t wearing masks or physically distancing were taking part in an organized event.

    Aylmer police Chief Zvonko Horvat told CBC News on Wednesday that the four were charged for failing to comply with the province’s emergency health orders.

    “We’re also looking at identifying others and there will likely be more charges laid as a result of yesterday’s incident,” he said.

    Since the pandemic began early in 2020, the church has repeatedly been in the media spotlight for its rebellious stance against provincial pandemic orders.

    Pastor Henry Hildebrandt has made headlines for his stance on the province’s strict rules against communal gatherings.

    Dozens of parishioners and church leaders were fined after the church welcomed worshipers into its sanctuary, allowing them to gather on two separate occasions in January to sing together without masks and without observing the two-metre distance recommended by health authorities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

    The church was served with a restraining order from the Ministry of the Attorney General in February, ordering it to abide by the Reopening Ontario Act.

    Lisa Bildy, the lawyer representing the Church of God at Aylmer, told CBC News in an email that she has yet to learn the particulars of the latest charges.

    However, she said she is challenging the earlier charges against church leaders and parishioners on constitutional grounds, with a hearing set for July.

    Bildy also said in her email that the province could file a motion for the church to be found in contempt of court, if it can prove the church leaders and parishioners violated the restraining order imposed on them in February.

    Horvat said Wednesday his officers have been trying to take a measured approach in dealing with the church’s defiance, but it doesn’t seem to be working.

    “The fact of the matter is we’ve dealt with that particular group and they seem to be defiant in obeying emergency measures,” he said. “They’re just not getting the message.

    “You think that perhaps a warning would suffice and they would comply, but they don’t so the officers are put in the position where they don’t have any other choice but to charge,” said Horvat.

    “We can’t be taking these things lightly.”

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  • Fact is, Covid-19 vaccines are safe
    THE REPORTING of a small number of rare blood clotting cases with COVID-19 vaccines has been tragically hyped and exaggerated by western media, with little understanding of how rare these associations are and how many times more common are the risks of COVID-19, including much more frequent clots and other serious disorders.
    Furthermore, the risks of clotting with the contraceptive pill, of strokes in those over 40 and even of death in a car accident are hundreds or thousands of times greater.
    The sensationalism given to these very rare incidents has led some European political leaders to behave in an almost paranoid and illogical manner, discontinuing vaccine use “out of an abundance of caution”, lending fuel to the fire of the eccentric and anti-vaccine lobby and conspiracy theorists.
    Give the facts
    It is important for our leaders to point out the facts on the safety of the AstraZeneca and the Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which are straightforward.
    In the United Kingdom, where more than 21 million AstraZeneca vaccines have been given, rare blood clots have been reported in people taking it at a rate of roughly seven in every million, whereas: 1. Blood clots occur in the normal adult population at the rate of 1 000 to 2 000 in every million each year, that is, almost 300 times as many, making it difficult to prove the vaccine was the cause.
    2. Blood clots caused by the contraceptive pill affect 1 000 in every million women each year, that is, 140 times as many, 3. There are many reports of blood clots in COVID-19 patients, causing organ damage, failure and death. Again, the incidence is between hundreds and thousands of times the incidence reported in association with the vaccine; and obese people, who are most likely to be severely ill with COVID-19, have several times the risk of the non-obese for clots.
    4. In addition, a brand new study in 236 000 patients with COVID-19 showed many incidents of neurological or psychiatric diagnoses – 34 per cent of all patients, including strokes, dementia, psychotic and anxiety disorders.
    5. Finally, it should be noted that death from a car crash occurs at a rate of 120 to 200 per million each year, and death from stroke occurs at a rate of 300 to 1 000 per million per year, and all strokes occur at several thousand per million each year.
    The tiny number of clots that may be caused by a vaccine is insignificant compared with the risk of clotting after COVID-19 infection and compared with the many greater
    risks we live with daily in normal life.
    Vaccines are safe. COVID-19 infection is not.
    – PROFESSOR EMERITUS SIR HENRY FRASER

    Source: Nation

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  • India's coronavirus cases hit a record peak for a fifth day as countries including Britain, Germany and the United States pledged to send urgent medical aid to help tackle the crisis https://t.co/8jhc0f4wK0 pic.twitter.com/tMg73A8w3D

    — Reuters (@Reuters) April 26, 2021

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  • South Korea hedging bets with development of second domestic vaccinehttps://t.co/STkDRhgvAD

    — RT (@RT_com) April 26, 2021

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  • Covid ain’t gone anywhere yet. It is not gone until it is gone everywhere, so

    WASH your hands
    WEAR your mask
    WATCH your distance from others

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  • 10 days after rejecting federal aid, Ontario calls for military help

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  • 13-year-old Brampton, Ont. girl who died of COVID-19 passed away same day she was taken to hospital

    https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/13-year-old-brampton-ont-girl-who-died-of-covid-19-passed-away-same-day-she-was-taken-to-hospital-1.5402183

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Interview with a COVID Treatment Hero.
    Part 2 is a definite must watch, especially on this National Heroes Day.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Somebody pass this onto Mia, CMO and Corey Forde. I tired wearing masks and following stupid protocols that will never get us past this pandemic that has now become a feardemic.

    https://medicalupdateonline.com/2021/04/the-impact-of-ivermectin-use-in-zimbabwe/

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  • Can someone explain to me why Trinidad has been so adversely affected by COVID-19?
    Didn/t they shutdown the island as some here suggested?

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  • No new Covid cases
    There were no new positive cases of COVID-19 recorded on Friday from the 505 tests carried out by the Bestdos Santos Public Health Laboratory.
    In addition ten people recovered from the viral illness, while 93 are in isolation.
    The last time the country recorded no cases from tests was on December 9.
    The confirmed COVID-19 cases remain at 3 863 (1 874 females and 1 989 males).
    44 deaths
    To date, 3 793 people have recovered from the virus. There have been 44 COVID-19 deaths.
    Since February 2020, the public health laboratory has conducted 154 341 tests.
    To date, the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19 has administered 74 218 vaccinations – 30 686 men and 43 532 women. ( BGIS)

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Another very instructive and definite must read interview.

    The COVID Crisis in India: an Interview with Dr Dhananjay Bakhle
    https://covexit.com/the-covid-crisis-in-india-an-interview-with-dr-dhananjay-bakhle/

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  • @cuhdear
    I miss your daily statistics
    Volcano dust excuse will no longer work.
    Get back on the job. 🙂

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  • COVID-19 cases rose by three – all females – on Saturday, May 1. They were identified from among the 258 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/05/02/covid-19-update-3-new-cases-7-discharged/

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  • Cuhdear Bajan

    @TheOGazerts.

    Here you are Sir:

    Data from yesterday, that is Saturday 1 May, 2021
    258 Covid19 tests were done on Saturday 1 May, 2021. The positivity rate was 1.16% compared to 2.19% the previous Saturday
    3 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    7 people were discharged from isolation
    92 people are currently in isolation
    5,118 people were vaccinated between Saturday 25 April and Saturday 1 May.
    74,608 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/05/02/covid-19-update-3-new-cases-7-discharged/

    Data from Saturday 24 April 2021
    321 Covid19 tests were done on Saturday 24 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 0.31% compared to 2.19 % a week ago
    1 new case of Covid19 was discovered
    9 people were discharged from isolation
    104 people are currently in isolation
    3238 people were vaccinated between Saturday 17 and 24th
    72,728 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths between Saturday 17 and Saturday 24, 2021

    Data from Saturday 17 April, 2021
    365 Covid19 tests were done on Saturday 17 April, 2021. The positivity rate was 2.19 % compared to 1.95% the previous day
    8 new cases of Covid19 were discovered
    9 people were discharged from isolation
    84 people are currently in isolation
    1010 people were vaccinated
    69,490 people have been vaccinated so far.
    0 new deaths

    Note: There were zero cases discovered on Friday 30th April out of 502 tests done, If I recall correctly that was our only zero day for this year. I would love to see zero for 14 consecutive days.

    Volcanic ash, the gift that keeps on giving. Still cleaning the grooves in the window frames where the dust seeped in in spite of the windows being shut tight.

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  • Barbados recorded its 45th death from COVID-19, a 63-year-old man the latest person to succumb to the viral illness.

    Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic said the man was admitted to the Harrison Point Isolation Centre in St Lucy on April 23. He was intubated and ventilated for six days suffering from severe acute respiratory illness.

    Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic said the man was admitted to the Harrison Point Isolation Centre in St Lucy on April 23. He was intubated and ventilated for six days suffering from severe acute respiratory illness.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/05/03/63-year-old-dies-covid/

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  • Cuhdear Bajan

    Data from yesterday, that is Sunday 2 May, 2021
    353 Covid19 tests were done on Sunday 2 May, 2021. The positivity rate was 4.2% compared to 1.16% the day before
    15 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    4 people were discharged from isolation
    93 people are currently in isolation
    278 people were vaccinated on Sunday 2 May, 2021
    74,886 people have been vaccinated so far.
    1 new death, a 63year old man
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/05/03/covid-19-update-fifteen-new-cases-four-recoveries/

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  • Critical Analyzer

    A gem of an interview with a doctor in South Africa that treated close to 4,000 COVID cases with zero deaths and zero hospitalizations.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Medical Magazine publication with Dr. Shankara Chetty’s full article
    http://www.modernmedia.co.za/modernmedicine/DigitalEditions/mm2008-2009-august-september-2020/html5/index.html

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  • The Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory identified 31 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 4, from among the 650 tests conducted.

    The cases, which comprise one female and 30 males, include 24 male clients of the Psychiatric Hospital.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/05/05/31-new-covid-cases/

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  • Attached is the usual weekly update based on Worldometer data to 7th May. Barbados’ charts demonstrate some stability despite the clusters recorded this last week. I got my 2nd AstraZeneca vaccine today and was very impressed with the professional seamless rollout of the Vaccinations at the BIDC location. Past performance by the authorities re, contact tracing and the prudent disclosures from the experts suggest that the epidemic is being well managed. Jamaica is at last showing what might be a plateau in its active cases while T&T is maintaining a worrying spike – Source:Lyall Small

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  • Sputnik Vaccine could have the same rare blood clot issue as AstraZeneca – COVIDWeekly: Finnish researchers: Sputnik Vaccine could have the same rare blood clot issue as AstraZeneca:

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/05/07/covidweekly-finnish-researchers-sputnik-vaccine-could-have-the-same-rare-blood-clot-issue-as-astrazeneca/

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  • Scary.

    ” Tam warns that full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19″

    Canada’s chief public health officer reminded Canadians on Saturday that even those who are fully vaccinated remain susceptible to COVID-19.

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/tam-warns-that-full-vaccination-does-not-equal-full-protection-from-covid-19-1.5419843

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  • Disgusting Lies & Propaganda TV

    As probably expected, one of the China made vaccines has now been given WHO approval. The Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV vaccine is a double- dose vaccine with a 79% efficacy rate. It can be stored at the same fridge temperatures as the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine. With WHO approval, it will be distributed as part of the COVAX initiative to distribute Covid-19 vaccines worldwide.

    https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/who-gives-emergency-approval-sinopharm-first-chinese-covid-19-vaccine-2021-05-07/

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  • The challenge to access vaccines from the established suppliers and the aggressive number of infections in countries like India seem to be turning the thing on its head.

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  • David May 9, 2021 4:14 AM The challenge to access vaccines from the established suppliers and the aggressive number of infections in countries like India seem to be turning the thing on its head.

    We is about tuh see the proverbial hit the fan. I would not count on any forecasting on budgets etc to be reliable, at this point. See that Central Bank report? Use it for kindling.

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  • This report of mucormycosis in patients in India is somewhat chilling given that Mucor is ubiquitous (It is also called the bread mould). Have any of our physicians in Barbados here come across this syndrome?
    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/05/09/black-fungus-affecting-covid-19-patients-india/

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  • Guyana discussing mandatory vaccine
    GEORGETOWN – Though vaccination is not mandatory in Guyana, the presence of the deadlier form of the coronavirus and continued breach of the COVID-19 guidelines has forced the government to consider whether it should be compulsory for adults to take the COVID-19 vaccines.
    During an interview with the News Room on Saturday, advisor to the Ministry of Health, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, lamented that people have not been adhering to the guidelines instituted to keep the population safe from the spread and adverse impact of the novel coronavirus.
    “In spite of the warning circulating that the virus circulating now is a more dangerous virus, a more deadly virus, we seem to think that we are immune that we are not going to be infected by the virus,” Ramsammy lamented.
    He explained that if individuals do not wear their face masks properly and avoid large gatherings, then more people will become infected with the virus. Once more people are infected, it means that additional individuals would be more vulnerable to the severe and possibly fatal effects of the virus.
    Ramsammy also explained that each time the virus is spread from person to person, it undergoes some change. Cognisant of this, he stated that the SARS-Cov-2 (the virus that causes the disease, COVID-19) currently circulating in Guyana is different from the SARS-Cov-2 that was first detected in March 2020.
    The solution
    To combat the spread of this constantly mutating virus, Ramsammy said that widespread vaccination was the solution and not necessarily a total lockdown of the country.
    “The same energy that we have to use for a lockdown, we have to use that same energy for people coming to take their vaccines and if we take our vaccines, we will bring some control about,” Ramsammy said.
    When asked if vaccination would therefore be made compulsory, the advisor said: “It’s on the table (but) we haven’t made a decision.”
    He hastened to add, however, that the local authorities do not want to make taking the COVID-19 vaccines compulsory since, for about 60 years, Guyana has been administering vaccines but has never made it mandatory.
    Even as the local health authorities do not necessarily want to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory, Ramsammy related that some countries and even some companies are asking for individuals to be vaccinated.
    At a recent press conference, President Dr Irfaan Ali said the government is prepared to examine all options to help Guyana recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, including a “vaccine passport” in the face of hesitancy by some to get vaccinated and the recklessness of some people in flouting guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of the disease.
    (News Room Guyana)

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  • Longer quarantine for some BVI visitors
    TORTOLA – British Virgin Islands has increased the quarantine period for unvaccinated travellers entering the territory from four days to seven.
    During a national broadcast, Minister of Health Carvin Malone said if people are travelling in mixed groups with some individuals unvaccinated, the entire party will be treated as unvaccinated and will be required to quarantine for seven days upon arrival.
    “In the case of persons who are only partially vaccinated – meaning that they have received only one dose of a two-dose vaccine or whose final vaccine dose was administered less than two weeks before arrival in the territory – a four-day quarantine period will be required with the PCR testing administered on arrival and on Day 4.”
    (CMC)

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  • Airport hopes
    Passengers complain of delays as new travel protocols kick in
    by BARRY ALLEYNE
    barryalleyne@nationnews.com
    PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS are hoping systems at Grantley Adams International Airport will run smoother the rest of the week, after Government’s newest COVID-19 protocols created a chaotic situation on Saturday.
    It was the first day of the protocols which allow fully vaccinated travellers to be tested within a 24-hour period and be permitted to freely move around the country once their vaccination certification was legitimate.
    The system had its issues, however, with people having to wait in line for two and a half hours in some instances, as public health officials asked questions, garnered travel information and did their due diligence to accommodate those who needed COVID-19 testing on arrival.
    Government officials were also on hand at the airport to get a first-hand look at the operation.
    When contacted yesterday, Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George, who was part of Saturday’s official party, accepted that not everything went to plan.
    “Yesterday (Saturday) was the first day. We will learn as we go along. Please give it at least a week for some challenges to be resolved,” he told the DAILY NATION.
    One returning Barbadian said she understood what the country was attempting to do, but a more simple way needed, especially since tourist numbers could significantly increase now the new protocols made way for fully vaccinated travellers.
    Another irate Barbadian on her way home from New York on a JetBlue flight said: “The system is what’s bad, not just the wait. There are too many complicated steps. No one wants to get off a plane and be interviewed by multiple people, asking them the same questions while they wait for more than two hours. They kept asking the same questions over and over again.”
    The woman said it was extremely harsh for elderly people coming back home, some of them dealing with diabetic complications and not having a full meal on their flight, to have to deal with the long wait.
    “Some people had to wait for more than two hours to be tested. There were a lot of frustrated people around,” the returning national added, though noting food was eventually ordered for those who had to wait a long time.
    Passengers who produced their vaccination certificates and negative PCR test were directed to a seating area, which was filled to capacity, and at some stages people were standing, waiting to get a seat.
    “We were sitting in that room waiting to be swabbed and I left several people in there,” another passenger said.
    “On the positive side, everyone is very professional, and the system is being followed in an orderly fashion, but the problem is sitting there for such a long time waiting to be swabbed. What led to the frustration was the people constantly returning to ask passengers the same question.”
    That woman did note, however, that her COVID-19 test result came back within 24 hours as promised by the Government, and she left her quarantineapproved hotel with no further expense.

    Source: Nation

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  • Warning to youth
    Percentage of seriously ill at Harrison Point still too high, says Forde
    by COLVILLE MOUNSEY colvillemounsey@nationnews.com
    HEAD OF THE COVID-19 isolation facilities, Dr Corey Forde, is warning that even though the country’s positivity rating is around two per cent, well below the five per cent benchmark for major spread, the percentage of young people becoming seriously ill with the deadly virus is still too high.
    He told the DAILY NATION that more than 50 per cent of the COVID-19 patients requiring urgent care at the primary isolation
    facility at Harrison Point, St Lucy, were between the ages of 17 and 40, while 25 per cent in secondary isolation were also within that age group.
    “It is true that the numbers are down in the country, but the younger population still presents a challenge . . . . We have nine people in primary of which five are between the ages of 17 and 40, while eight people are in secondary isolation, of which two are also in that younger age bracket,” said Forde.
    Positive news
    Fortunately, he added, no one was on a ventilator, though the situation could change at a moment’s notice.
    “It is really important that people do
    not let their guard down at this point and adhere to all of the protocols because, yes, the numbers are trending well generally as a country, but we would certainly want to see a decrease in the number of young people getting very ill. This is something that we really must pay attention to.”
    Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic said he believed some people, especially young people, had become numb to the dangers of COVID-19, with many Barbadians suffering from COVID-19 fatigue.
    He explained that while the positivity rate was still trending in the right direction, in recent days it had crept from just over one per cent to two per cent.
    The minister said it was fortunate that the cases popping up were localised among a few families but people needed a refresher, through public education, about just how dangerous the disease could be. He said that even within some of the medical institutions under
    his ministry people had begun to lower their guard in one or two minor areas.
    “We are not just seeing cases springing up out of the blue. People obviously are letting their guard down, especially young people and those living in the same family,” Bostic told the DAILY NATION.
    “I had to speak to my people at the various health care institutions because COVID fatigue
    is real and we are actually doing a lot of refresher training. When you drive around you are still seeing people gathering and not wearing their masks. Then there are those who have taken the vaccine and therefore believe they can now do as they please, and this is a real worry for us.”
    He added: “We have had some cases in health care institutions – and thankfully
    in the vast majority of times it is not the medical people – but we have had some sporadic cases among the support staff. It is possible that people may be letting their guard down in areas such as the lunchroom and, as a result, we have had to do some work there.”

    Source: Nation

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  • The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT) is currently investigating a report of another positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a secondary school.

    President of the BUT Pedro Shepherd told Nation News that while he had not yet received official confirmation from the Ministry of Education, he had received reports that a Sixth Form student at the Ellerslie Secondary School in Black Rock, St Michael has tested positive for the virus.

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  • Good news for humanity on the Covid-19 front (but bad news for Big-Pharma and World self-appointed Vaccinator in Chief Bill Gates). A peer reviewed study shows out of patent, anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin is a safe and effective treatment and prophylactic agent against Covid-19.

    Immediate Use of Ivermectin Medicine Globally Can End COVID-19 Pandemic: Scientists

    A peer-reviewed research has claimed that global ivermectin use can end the COVID-19 pandemic, as the medicine significantly reduces the risk of contracting the deadly respiratory disease when used regularly.

    The common antiparasitic ivermectin is being touted as a miracle cure for COVID-19 by doctors and campaigners the world over.

    Peer reviewed by medical experts that included three US government senior scientists and published in the American Journal of Therapeutics, the research is the most comprehensive review of the available data taken from clinical, in vitro, animal, and real-world studies.

    Led by the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC), a group of medical and scientific experts reviewed published peer-reviewed studies, manuscripts, expert meta-analyses, and epidemiological analyses of regions with ivermectin distribution efforts all showing that ivermectin is an effective prophylaxis and treatment for COVID-19.

    We did the work that the medical authorities failed to do, (my emphasis /GM) we conducted the most comprehensive review of the available data on ivermectin,” said Pierre Kory, MD, president and chief medical officer of the FLCCC. “We applied the gold standard to qualify the data reviewed before concluding that ivermectin can end this pandemic.”

    https://weather.com/en-IN/india/coronavirus/news/2021-05-08-use-of-ivermectin-medicine-globally-can-end-covid-19-pandemic

    A preprint edition of the Ivermectin study is posted below [replace (DOT) in URL with a “.”]
    Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19 posted at osf(DOT)io/wx3zn/

    A recent interview with Dr. Pierre Kory, a founding member of the FLCCC and one of the principle authors of the peer-reviewed study was published on Facebook in 2 parts, links below. The latter portion of Part 2 is particularly interesting as Dr. Kory is scathing in his criticism of the regulators and health agencies who he claims seem to operate as if their role is to protect the financial interests and profitability of the pharmaceutical industry more so than ensuring sick and dying patients have access to the most effective and affordable medicines and treatment options available.

    Pierre Kory MD Interview Part 1 (18min) posted at: fb(DOT)watch/57KTAU6F8-/
    Pierre Kory MD Interview Part 2 (32min) posted at: fb(DOT)watch/57KZKmQ11g/

    Website of the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance here:
    covid19criticalcare(DOT)com/

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  • Barbados recorded its 46th COVID-19-related death, a 66-year-old female with a history of diabetes, hypertension and shortness of breath.

    She was a primary contact of another patient with the viral illness who tested positive on May 5, 2021. She had a negative first COVID 19 test and presented for her second test on Monday, but passed away some time after returning home.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/05/11/46th-death-attributed-covid/

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  • @GreenMonkey May 11, 2021 8:54 PM “…Ivermectin…”

    So isn’t Invermectin not also made by Big Pharma?

    And won’t the profits from the sale of Invermectin not also go into the pockets of Big Pharma?

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  • Covid-19 list unease
    Barbados disappointed travellers must still quarantine in UK
    by COLVILLE MOUNSEY
    colvillemounsey@nationnews.com
    BARBADOS IS STILL on the United Kingdom’s amber list.
    That means those travelling from Barbados would be required to quarantine for ten days, along with having a COVID-19 test on day two and on the eighth day.
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Jerome Walcott said he was disappointed Barbados had been left off the UK’s green list of countries from which people can enter that jurisdiction without quarantining.
    However, he said it was important to respect the sovereign right of a country to make such judgment calls.
    As of May 17, the UK, Barbados’ largest tourism source market, has singled out 12 countries that would be allowed entry without quarantining, providing that the traveller has a negative PCR test two days prior.
    “Like every country that did not make it to the green list, we are a bit disappointed, but countries make their decisions using their own benchmark, and the British are entitled to do that. It is important
    to note that it is still early days into their reopening and only a handful of countries have made it onto that list,” said Walcott, who spoke to the MIDWEEK NATION after the arrival of a second tranche of vaccines via the COVAX facility.
    Minister of Tourism Senator Lisa Cummins agreed with Walcott’s view, noting that Barbados’ COVID-19 protocols were adequate to prevent transmission among both inbound and outbound travellers.
    No lax measures
    “It is disappointing for us that we are not on the green list because we are confident that the measures that Barbados has put in place are in no way shape or form lax. We have been progressive and our public health officials have been deliberate and in some cases we have been more restrictive than many countries regarding our quarantine requirement as well as the measures that we have put in place to keep the country safe,” Cummins said.
    She said this was not likely to have a major impact on Barbados’ effort to woo vaccinated tourists to the island, noting that only moderate inflows of visitors were anticipated at this time.
    “It is always going to have some impact, but there are a few things that give us confidence. While we were hoping that the green list would have given us the opening coming from our largest source market, we were always anticipating that we would
    not see significant traffic until later in the year. So we were always prepared for recovery a little later in the year,” she said.
    Walcott, who is also chairman of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on COVID-19, said the key to ensure that UK travellers to Barbados were eased on such encumbrances on their return home would be to ramp up Barbados’ push for herd immunity. He said the recent approval of the Chinese-made vaccine Sinopharm by the World Health organisation (WHO) was welcome news for Barbados, as Government had already started negotiation for this jab but was only awaiting the final approval. Barbados needs close to 200 000 people fully vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity but has currently fully vaccinated 34 653 persons while 75 537 have received their first dose.
    Sinopharm is the first vaccine developed by a non-Western country to get the World Health Organisation backing. The vaccine has already been given to millions of people in China and elsewhere. The WHO had previously only approved the vaccines made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.
    “We will continue to do the vaccination and the arrival of the 33 600 vaccines is a further step in this direction. We are continuing to source more vaccines and make the case for them. We have been following the development of vaccines and we had a committee set up in January to look
    at vaccines that have been cleared for emergency use by the World Health Organisation,” Walcott said.
    He added: “We had indicated at that time that whenever Sinopharm as well as the Sputnik vaccine gained approval, we would be guided by the WHO. Now that Sinopharm has been given approval, it is indeed now one of the vaccines that is available to Barbados. Earlier this year the Chinese government had made a gesture of making a certain number of vaccines available as a gift whenever they got WHO approval and we are looking forward to the acquisition of those.”

    Source: Nation

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Cuhdear Bajan May 11, 2021 10:16 PM
    Ivermectin costs cents to make. It has been off patent for many years so any company or country with the resources can make it without paying any royalties so it will be zero profitable compared to vaccines pushed to every man, woman and child and new drugs like remdesivir they can rig studies about enough to prove some minimal efficacy. Then they will be saying a vaccine booster shot is required every year and those will not be free. Ivermectin wide use changes COVID into a mild to bad cold.

    Every single one of our suspect cases should be receiving ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine+zinc in the early to prevent disease progression.

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  • I got vaccinated on April 9th and next dose scheduled for July 30th. Now this.

    Future of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in question in Canada over blood clots, supply issues

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/astrazeneca-vaccine-paused-canada-blood-clot-vitt-1.6022821

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  • @Hants

    There seems to be a political element dogging AstraZeneca vaccine.

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  • @ David,

    my concern is that 1 in 60,000 people getting blood clots. Let’s hope I am not one of them.

    Can you imagine BU without me ? lol

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