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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  • @Hants

    It is rare and small then the rate in the larger population.

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  • A 66-year-old Barbadian woman with comorbidities is the 46th person who died from COVID-19, passing away on Tuesday, May 11.

    There were also seven new positive cases (six males and one female) recorded on Tuesday. They were identified from among the 758 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/05/12/seven-new-cases-one-death/

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  • The Barbados Covid authorities have reported to Worldometer that there are now zero active cases of Covid 19 in the Island. This is huge. It is the first time this year that we have had no active cases and reflects the excellent work that the Covid team has been doing, despite a number of alarums, since the outbreak started. The Covid news have not been so kind to Jamaica, nor T&T, nor Guyana. Jamaica is showing the first signs of decreasing cases, after plateauing but T&T is still climbing rapidly. St Lucia is showing a slight upward trending in its relatively low number of active cases – Lyall Small (See COVID 10 Updates Page)

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  • Critical Analyzer

    When are these stupid governments going to learn State of Emergencies and lockdowns are not the solution. THE ONLY WAY IS TO
    1) TREAT SYMPTOMATIC AND SUSPECTED CASES WITH HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE+ZINC AND OR IVERMECTIN PROTOCOLS ala the ZELENKO PROTOCOL (https://vladimirzelenkomd.com/zelenko-treatment-protocol/) or FLCC PROTOCOL (https://covid19criticalcare.com/covid-19-protocols/)

    Every single country that has properly implemented either of these protocols has stopped COVID in its tracks, kept people from the hospital and emptied their COVID wards. How many are going to die before they finally get with the program.

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  • @CA

    Please name the countries that have properly implemented the protocol you mentioned.

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  • There are so many lessons which small island nations should have learned from COVID in so much that if a pandemic of this nature occurs again they would be more than prepared to offset the various issues which will come about
    This virus was a biological component designed to bring down the economic structures of world powers like China. European nations and mostly America along with inflicting damage on its people
    The timing of the release was intent to fool having enough powerful impact to close these economies down who were unprepared to handle a virus with precision stealth and magnitude with an extended and fast ability to bring death close down powerful economies and overburden their health systems
    What small island nations did not detect and because of their small minded mentalities
    Rather than closed their borders and work feverishly among themselves missed a golden opportunity to build their own economic empire by which these powerful nations would have been forced to trade with them buying of their products until the virus unlocked the lethal economic
    grip…. which by then these small island would have become a powerful economic forced to be reckoned with
    One which would have sent a,message to these powerful nations one clothed in unity and self empowerment

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @David May 16, 2021 6:03 AM

    South Africa, Zimbabwe, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Mexico, and now, India (http://outbreaknewstoday.com/ivermectin-is-highly-effective-as-a-safe-prophylaxis-and-treatment-for-covid-19-comprehensive-review-12291/).

    Some states in India like Uttar Pradesh were using it since last year and those states are faring better. India has just made an about turn and gone nationwide with their policy change so expect their numbers to start dropping like a rock in a week or two as it takes effect.

    Read this post to get an idea of what happens when incompetent and corrupt medical authorities set bad policy versus the ones that do it right. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2021/05/india-just-became-latest-country-to-approve-use-of-ivermectin-to-treat-covid-19.html

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  • @CA

    Thanks, interesting read. Have to delve into the support links.

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  • Data from yesterday, that is Saturday 15 May, 2021
    373 Covid19 tests were done on Saturday 15 May, 2021. The positivity rate was 0.53%
    compared to 1.16% two weeks ago
    2 new cases of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    5 people were discharged from isolation
    88 people are currently in isolation
    75,920 people have been vaccinated so far.
    42,904 have been fully vaccinated
    0 new deaths reported yesterday.

    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/05/16/covid-19-update-two-new-cases-five-discharged-2/

    Data from 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
    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 April, 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.

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  • Data from yesterday, that is Sunday 16 May, 2021
    276 Covid19 tests were done on Sunday 16 May, 2021. The positivity rate was 0.36% compared to 0.53% the previous day
    1 new case of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    10 people were discharged from isolation
    86 people are currently in isolation
    75,956 people have been vaccinated so far.
    43,867 have been fully vaccinated
    0 new deaths reported yesterday.
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/05/17/covid-19-update-one-new-case-10-recoveries/

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  • Critical Analyzer

    A second interview with the Dr Shankara Chetty, the doctor continuing successful treatment of 4,000+ COVID cases with zero deaths and zero hospitalizations.

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  • Data from yesterday, that is Monday 17 May, 2021
    419 Covid19 tests were done on Monday 17 May, 2021. The positivity rate was 0.95%
    compared to 0.36%the previous day
    4 new case of Covid19 were discovered yesterday
    3 people were discharged from isolation
    87 people are currently in isolation
    76,000 people out of an adult population of about 224,000 people have received at least the first dose of a vaccine so far. No vaccine as yet available for the approximately 63,000 people who are younger than 18.
    45,288 adults have been fully vaccinated
    1 new death, a 67 year old woman with co-morbidities
    More here: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/05/18/covid-19-update-four-new-cases-three-recoveries-and-one-death/

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  • Unmasking COVID-19: Vaccines, Mandates, and Global Health
    There are 5 total segments below, please scroll to be sure you are able to view them all!

    Uncertainty reigns in the general population right now, specifically surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine and lockdowns. LifeSite’s mission is devoted to sharing the truth, and that’s exactly what we aim to share with this online conference. The following conference brings together experts in various fields to discuss the many questions surrounding vaccines, masks, lockdowns, and more.

    https://lifefacts.lifesitenews.com/unmasking-covid-19-videos/

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  • Critical Analyzer

    The 8th Day Therapy for COVID-19

    https://covexit.com/the-8th-day-therapy-for-covid-19/

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  • Barbados has maintained a daily positivity percent rating of under 1% over the last month and the daily positive cases (aggregated over the previous 7 days) have been generally declining. Our Active cases have exhibited a manageable level despite a slight resurgence over the last week. The weekly comparison of active cases in Barbados and 4 of our Caribbean neighbours suggests that Trinidad’s is in a dangerous current rapidly increasing phase, hence the drastic actions taken by that Government last week . Guyana shows a moderate increase and Jamaica seems to have plateaued and is in a slow decreasing trend – Source: Lyall Small

    See COVID 19 Updates

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  • Comorbidities and COVID: A much higher risk of death

    https://aje.io/aqfqa

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  • The Barbados Charts this week show continuing control of the pandemic at a seemingly steady state. Jamaica, Grenada and St Lucia are also showing relatively steady state movements in their active cases. T&T is deteriorating apace but it is expected that recent tightening up of the controls there will be successful – Source: Lyall Small

    SEE COVID 19 UPDATES PAGE

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  • It puzzled me why Trinidad with its lockdown was encountering problems with covid-19.

    As I sit and listen to Trinidad accents in the background, I have come to realize that lockdown and social distancing are just words. Flying in and out is “who do you know”. People are still partying hard, social distancing and masking are a joke.

    On covid-19 – team Barbados👍🏿👍🏿
    If only Mia could duplicate the Colonel.

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  • 0 new cases of Covid19 discovered yesterday from 327 tests done.

    37 people still in isolation.

    78,225 people have had at least one vaccination.

    60,553 people have been fully vaccinated.

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  • @David May 16, 2021 6:03 AM “CA, Please name the countries that have properly implemented the protocol you mentioned.”

    Critical Analyzer May 16, 2021 7:41 AM “South Africa, Zimbabwe, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Mexico, and now, India”

    South Africa–27,766 cases per million 942 deaths per million
    Zimbabwe–2,587 cases per million 106 deaths per million
    Slovakia–71,351cases per million 2,260 deaths per million
    Czechia–154,867 cases per million 2,807 deaths per million
    India–20,235 cases per million 238 deaths per million
    Barbados–13,963 cases per million 163 deaths per million

    Slovakia and Czechia are 2 of only 220 countries reporting more than 2,000 deaths per million from Covid19. The others are:

    Brazil
    Italy
    Peru
    Belgium
    Hungary
    Bulgaria
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    North Macedonia
    Montenegro
    San Marino
    Gibraltar

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Cuhdear Bajan May 31, 2021 7:49 PM

    Just looking at cases and death per million statistics is too simplistic to understand how effective protocols and subsequent changes are at control. The only statistics that can be accurately tracked and reported on are hospitalizations and deaths. The number of positive cases depends on the level of testing and will always be subjective until serology surveys are conducted to determine true prevalence in society.

    A more accurate understanding can be had by looking at case trends and matching those trends against the protocol changes implemented by the public health authorities at the country and state levels to determine the real impact of the various measures.

    India’s cases are currently plummeting again (https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/india/) and the following interview with a data analyst most likely explains the reason why it is occurring.

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  • Africa giving J&J vaccines to Caricom
    GEORGETOWN – The African Union has allocated 1.5 million doses of the United States-manufactured Johnson & Johnson (J& J) vaccines to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Guyana’s Health Minister Dr Frank Anthony announced yesterday.
    Regional countries have in the past complained of their inability to secure vaccines from the producing countries because those countries have not made their products commercially viable and, in many instances, the governments of these countries have sought to use their vaccines to vaccinate their populations.
    Speaking on the 94.1 FM radio programme, Anthony said that Guyana is expected to receive 150 000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by mid-June.
    He said Guyana had already made a downpayment on its allocation for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is a one-shot vaccine and has an efficacy rate of more than 70 per cent.
    Guyana health authorities said that so far, more than 198 000 people had received a first shot of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. (CMC)

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  • Consecutive days no reported cases of COVID 19.

    COVID-19 Update: No new cases; 39 in isolation: https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/06/01/covid-19-update-no-new-cases-39-in-isolation/

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  • May the deadliest Covid month for Guyana, Suriname
    PARAMARIBO – Suriname and Guyana each registered the highest number of deaths from the coronavirus (COVID-19) last month as Haiti recorded six new deaths while St Lucia with two more deaths also recorded increased cases of the virus among its population.
    Health authorities in Suriname said that May had become the deadliest month since the COVID-19 outbreak in March last year. They said with ten deaths in 24 hours recently, 98 people died from the coronavirus last month, surpassing August last year when 45 people died.
    In Guyana, the Ministry of Health reported that four more individuals died from COVID-19, as the country registered 90 deaths so far for the month of May.
    The latest fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health, were three men and a woman between the ages of 30 and 83 years old.
    With these 90 deaths recorded last month so far, May is the deadliest month of the pandemic. April 2021 was previously the deadliest month, with a total of 66 deaths.
    The total number of deaths recorded since the first death was recorded on March 11 last year is 389.
    (CMC)

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  • Biden administration announces plan to share first 25 million Covid-19 doses abroad

    https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/03/politics/biden-vaccine-sharing-plan/index.html

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  • VACCINE WISH
    Mottley writes US seeking five million doses of Covid medicine
    By Tony Best
    Barbados has asked the Joe Biden administration for some of the millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines the United States is promising to give nations in every corner of the globe.
    Noel Lynch, Barbados’ Ambassador to the US and Organisation of American States, confirmed that Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley had written to President Joseph Biden seeking five million vaccines needed to protect Barbadians and others across the region from the ravages of COVID-19, which has taken hundreds of thousands of lives across the Western Hemisphere in the past year.
    However, he was unable to say how many doses the country was expected to receive; neither did he have information on the timetable for distribution of the doses.
    “On April 1 this year, the Prime Minister of Barbados wrote to President Biden seeking (gifts of vaccines),” Lynch told the Saturday Sun yesterday. “Not only did she express a request for vaccines for Barbados, but she spoke on behalf of CARICOM. She mentioned the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic and made them ( White House) aware of the significant hardships which small developing nations, including states in the region like those in CARICOM, were facing as they tried to source vaccines for their people.
    “She mentioned the fact that the countries had tried to source vaccines through the (international) COVAX alliance and that the nations had spared no effort to source vaccines on the open (international) market,” Lynch added. “Unfortunately, all of our deliveries have been delayed. Some countries have been fortunate enough to receive donations but none had received medication to vaccinate 25 per cent of their population, certainly not to attain the dream of herd immunity. She requested a donation of five million vaccines from the US for member states of CARICOM.”
    He added that although that figure would not satisfy all of the Caribbean’s needs, it would constitute “a significant” and vital contribution to CARICOM’s overall vaccination requirements in the COVID-19 battle.
    Lynch pointed out that in addition to the 100 000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine Barbados received earlier this year as a gift from India, 36 000 vaccines had also been delivered through the COVAX programme, a global deal worked out by the United Nations, the World Health Organisation and other global partners.
    His statement came on the heels of an announced Biden administration plan on Thursday to give 25 million doses to countries everywhere to help them stem the tide of COVID-19 infections.
    “It is a significant effort the Biden administration is making to the Caribbean and Latin America and we look forward to it,” said Lynch. “We have heard nothing, though, in terms of quantities and other specifics, such as which countries in the Caribbean would be receiving donations out of the (US) effort.
    The Barbados envoy said he had a follow-up meeting with a top Democratic leader in the US House of Representatives, Jim Clyburn, the chamber’s Majority Whip from South Carolina, about the vaccine distribution effort, and the discussion “was along the lines” laid out by Mottley.
    “We look forward to hearing specifics about how much we will receive and when,” he added.
    The Biden vaccine plan could eventually involve a donation of about 80 million doses by month-end, administration officials said.

    Source: Nation

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  • Please see charts for last week. Barbados’ graphs show a situation that remains relatively stable. Trinidad’s active cases continue to rise precipitously. Jamaica appears to have peaked and is now on a slow declining trend. Guyana’s active cases appear to be declining slowly. The active cases in the other countries remain stable – Source: Lyall Small

    See Updates COVID 19 page

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Looks like most of the debunked conspiracy theories were right after all and the mainstream media is now trying to play catch up.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    COVID-19 Early Treatment: a Quick Reference Guide

    https://covexit.com/c19-early-treatment-a-quick-reference-guide/

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  • Cash for Covid jab
    . . . but activist says St James hotel using intimidatory tactics
    by RACHELLE AGARD
    rachelleagard@nationnews.com
    A WEST COAST HOTEL is offering a cash prize to staff if they take the COVID-19 vaccine, but the move has been criticised as a form of intimidation.
    In a memo from directors of Coral Reef Hotel, dated June 6 and addressed to all team members at the Porters, St James resort, workers were advised that two staff members would have the chance to win grand prizes of $500 each on July 5.
    “All team members, except senior management, who have received at least one vaccination by June 30 will be eligible to win. Team members must have had at least one Government-approved vaccination by that date and have confirmed this to us,” it stated.
    The memo also disclosed that 114 members of the 210 staff had already been vaccinated, and encouraged all to get the “jab” not only for personal protection, but also for that of their co-workers and loved ones.
    Hotel manager Nigel Knight told the DAILY NATION yesterday the “raffle” was by no way intended to force people to be vaccinated or face the prospect of losing their jobs.
    “We don’t see it as a negative, we see it as a positive. We are an industry that deals with human beings. We want to protect our staff and families from catching COVID and likewise protect the guests. So it’s a 50/50, but if people do not want to get the vaccine there is nothing here that forces them to get it.
    Up to employee
    “The best thing would be to have all Barbadians vaccinated, but there is thinking by some that it’s not the best thing for them and that’s fine. It’s not that you will lose your job, it’s really your choice. What we are saying it is in your best interest. We understand reasons why persons would not want to get vaccinated. We are just trying to keep our staff safe and our industry,” he said.
    Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic said he could not comment on the matter as it was “totally outside of our jurisdiction and we would not want to comment”.
    However, anti-vaccine activist Winston Clarke has denounced the move, charging that it was a subtle form of intimidation made to look like an enticement.
    “Never in the history of mankind has there been anything like this relative to a vaccine. It wasn’t done for polio, it wasn’t done for chicken pox or any of the other vaccinations that were used. I don’t agree with it and it is something that is sordid,” he said.
    Clarke, who heads a group called The Steering Committee which has held demonstrations against use of the COVID-19 vaccine and delivered a petition to Prime Minister Mia Mottley highlighting his displeasure, said while some people might be enticed by the monetary prize, they should think twice.
    “To get $500 and then have to spend it back in [medical] fees is not going to be worthwhile. The workplace is aware who has taken the vaccine and who hasn’t, so these people will feel a bit scrutinised. Whether it is true or not, the workplace is stressing the majority have taken it, and offering an incentive just to show you have taken it.
    “That’s not legal, because no employee has to show an employer their medical situation. Unless it is a contractual agreement beforehand it should not be done that way. By saying they know who the unvaccinated are, they held the proverbial carrot on a stick out to them to assuage the hidden intent,” he charged.
    Over the weekend, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne announced the launch of a raffle to encourage people to take the the first dose of the vaccine between June 7 and 30. The main prize is an 8 000 square foot plot of land.
    Last month during a panel discussion, legal officer at the Barbados Workers’ Union, Kamisha Benjamin, cited Section 6 of the Employment Prevention And Discrimination Act, which prohibits employers from requiring employees to disclose if they have been inoculated.
    Benjamin, however, suggested there was nothing wrong with providing certain incentives to get herd immunity, but general secretary of the Congress of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados, Dennis DePeiza strongly disagreed.
    “I think it is ludicrous and irresponsible to be offering workers any type of monetary inducement,” he declared then.

    Source: Nation News

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  • Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine, Dr. Peter McCollough, says because of the high numbers of deaths and adverse reactions after vaccination being reported in the US and Europe, he can no longer recommend in good faith that his patients take any of the available Covid-19 vaccines currently being administered in the USA under an Emergency Use Authorization, The EUA allows for vaccines to be dispensed before all testing and trials have been completed and therefore before the FDA has approved and licensed the vaccines. This is allowed on the basis that there are no non-vaccine options available to treat Covid-19 victims. At the 7:50 mark in the video linked below Dr. McCollough states:“Well that 600,000 died.” (i.e. of Covid-19 /GM) “I’ve already told you that 85% of that was preventable with early treatment which was actively suppressed and squashed,”

    Here are Dr McCullough’s qualifications:.

    Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH, FACP, FACC, FAHA, FCRSA, FCCP, FNKF, FNLA
    Professor of Medicine, Texas A & M College of Medicine
    Board Certified Internist and Cardiologist
    President Cardiorenal Society of America
    Editor-in-Chief, Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine
    Editor-in-Chief, Cardiorenal Medicine
    Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Cardiology
    For more information about Dr. McCullough, please visit: heartplace.com/dr-peter-a-mcculloughPeter A. McCullough, MD, MPH, FACP, FACC, FAHA, FCRSA, FCCP, FNKF, FNLA
    Professor of Medicine, Texas A & M College of Medicine
    Board Certified Internist and Cardiologist
    President Cardiorenal Society of America
    Editor-in-Chief, Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine
    Editor-in-Chief, Cardiorenal Medicine
    ⁣Senior Associate Editor, American Journal of Cardiology

    17min video with Dr. McCollough here:
    https://brandnewtube.com/watch/dr-peter-mccollough-i-can-no-longer-recommened-any-of-the-gene-therapies-they-are-toxic_dJ8V5o9yzYIon85.html

    The doctor referred in the video linked above to the work of investigative journalist Whitney Webb. Her articles are posted at her website UnlimitedHangout(DOT)com ,

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  • Canada to donate 100 Million COVID-19 vaccines to world.

    Hope Barbados beg for some.

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  • Docs’ laundry list for COVID-free Crop Over
    Kareem Smith

    Article by Kareem Smith
    Published on
    June 12, 2021

    In the midst of a raging national debate about the future of entertainment events, the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) has suggested a list of conditions under which the country’s most popular festival ought to occur.

    In a statement on Friday, BAMP’s president Dr. Lynda Williams conveyed the association’s full support for online Crop Over events, whilst warning that in-person events could jeopardize the health of citizens.

    However, the epidemiologist noted that a significant increase in vaccinations, sustained ‘low’ positivity rates and increased testing for variants of concern ought to be adequately achieved prior to any resumption of mass gatherings, including the highly anticipated festival.

    The suggestions were made, even as the nation’s doctors express continued concern about an overall lapse in COVID-19 surveillance, particularly among the country’s unvaccinated population.

    “There are many calls for return of our Crop Over festival in July-August 2021 and we understand the economic and social importance of this cultural festival. While BAMP fully supports virtual (online) events, we propose that in-person events are likely to pose health risks,” Williams told Barbados TODAY.

    “Any discussion about the return of in-person events at festivals should centre around the risks of mass gathering and we must decide whether the health metrics indicate that we are also able to relax protocols for numbers in attendance at places of worship, celebrations, weddings, and funerals.

    “Ideally, Barbados would need to have a significant increase in full vaccination of the population, a sustained low positivity rate for a minimum of two weeks, significantly increased national surveillance testing for COVID-19 and routine monitoring for variants of concern before relaxation of protocols regarding mass gathering and before our Crop Over festival restarts,” the extensive BAMP statement added.

    Once those core objectives are achieved, the organization is appealing for the banning of indoor events, vaccination or risk-based surveillance testing of persons working at events, and rapid testing for all patrons and staff.

    “Preference for attendance should be given to fully vaccinated patrons who provide proof of full vaccination completed at least two weeks prior to the event,” Dr Williams told Barbados TODAY.

    “Mass gathering should occur in outdoor venues only and face masks be worn correctly with provision for frequent hand sanitization. No market-type mass gathering or curated exhibitions that encourage movement between stalls/ exhibits and potential handling of various products.”

    Further suggestions include online pre-registration of events based on negative test results, the provision of health screening questionnaires, a personal limit of one event per day, and close monitoring of each event in collaboration with the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit.

    BAMP’s advice comes in the midst of outrage from local promoters over the deafening silence from authorities on the likelihood of the annual festival taking place. Their frustrations have been further increased as overseas promoters like the organizers of Haywire Weekend advertise party trips for visitors to the island.

    While the association has expressed satisfaction with the country’s tourism protocols, its leaders are calling for more routine testing of workers in hospitality, education, the protective services, ports of entry and healthcare.

    “The frequency of testing would depend on risk, based on the nature of employment, and vaccination status. While such testing has not been legislated in Barbados as in other territories, we urge Government and the Social Partnership to quickly come to a consensus on this issue, for the good of the nation,” the organization encouraged.

    “BAMP calls for the release of regular results of surveillance testing for COVID-19 variants of concern (VoCs) and reporting of all results of sequencing done by CARPHA [the Caribbean Public Health Agency] or other laboratories. We believe that our tourism source markets, key medical and economic stakeholders and the Barbadian public have the right to know as soon as new VoCs are in the picture. Early detection of more transmissible variants and aggressive contact tracing will limit transmission and reduce adverse outcomes.

    “We advocate maintaining fully automated lab processes to prevent any backlog in testing. As a nation, we must make provision to scale-up testing rapidly when necessary and we support the use of validated private laboratories to increase our testing capacity,” Williams’ statement added.
    (kareemsmith@barbadostoday.bb)

    SOURCE: BARBADOS TODAY

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  • https://barbadosunderground.net/covid-19-updates/“> Attached are charts updated to Friday June 11th . Grenada, Barbados and St Lucia each maintains a steady state re. test positivity, daily incidence and active cases. Jamaica and Guyana are continuing to improve and T&T seems to have passed its explosive peak and is rapidly trending downwards. Source: Lyall Small CLICK IMAGE TO SEE COVID 19 UPDATES PAGE

     

     

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  • ” Ontario shortens wait between AstraZeneca doses from 12 to 8 weeks ”

    I will try to book mine tomorrow.

    Still considering becoming a ” snowbird “lol

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    Why have they reduced the wait time to second dose?

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  • @ David,

    ““This decision is based on emerging clinical evidence about the administration of two doses of different vaccines, as supported by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI),” the province said in a statement.”

    https://globalnews.ca/news/7945003/ontario-shortens-wait-time-2nd-shot-astrazeneca/

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  • More essential workers for jab
    MORE FRONT-LINE WORKERS are heeding the call to get vaccinated.
    Co-coordinator of the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, Major David Clarke, said while a few hundred employees, particularly those in the hotel sector, did not come forward during the first phase of the campaign earlier this year, recently they indicated an interest in getting inoculated and the process was going reasonably well.
    To date, the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19 has seen 87 382 people receiving first doses while 62 131 people got their second dose and are fully vaccinated.
    Clarke said Barbados was now on a good trajectory for herd immunity.
    (SB)

    SOURCE: NATION NEWS

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  • The Same Shady People Own Big Pharma and the Media
    Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

    What does The New York Times and a majority of other legacy media have in common with Big Pharma? Answer: They’re largely owned by BlackRock and the Vanguard Group, the two largest asset management firms in the world. Moreover, it turns out these two companies form a secret monopoly that own just about everything else you can think of too. As reported in the featured video:1,2

    “The stock of the world’s largest corporations are owned by the same institutional investors. They all own each other. This means that ‘competing’ brands, like Coke and Pepsi aren’t really competitors, at all, since their stock is owned by exactly the same investment companies, investment funds, insurance companies, banks and in some cases, governments.

    The smaller investors are owned by larger investors. Those are owned by even bigger investors. The visible top of this pyramid shows only two companies whose names we have often seen …They are Vanguard and BlackRock.

    The power of these two companies is beyond your imagination. Not only do they own a large part of the stocks of nearly all big companies but also the stocks of the investors in those companies. This gives them a complete monopoly.

    A Bloomberg report states that both these companies in the year 2028, together will have investments in the amount of 20 trillion dollars. That means that they will own almost everything.’”

    SNIP

    Keep in mind that stock ownership ratios can change at any time, since companies buy and sell on a regular basis, so don’t get hung up on percentages. The bottom line is that BlackRock and Vanguard, individually and combined, own enough shares at any given time that we can say they easily control both Big Pharma and the centralized legacy media — and then some.

    Why does this matter? It matters because drug companies are driving COVID-19 responses — all of which, so far, have endangered rather than optimized public health — and mainstream media have been willing accomplices in spreading their propaganda, a false official narrative that has, and still is, leading the public astray and fosters fear based on lies.

    To have any chance of righting this situation, we must understand who the central players are, where the harmful dictates are coming from, and why these false narratives are being created in the first place.

    As noted in Global Justice Now’s December 2020 report12 “The Horrible History of Big Pharma,” we simply cannot allow drug companies — “which have a long track record of prioritizing corporate profit over people’s health” — to continue to dictate COVID-19 responses.

    In it, they review the shameful history of the top seven drug companies in the world that are now developing and manufacturing drugs and gene-based “vaccines” against COVID-19, while mainstream media have helped suppress information about readily available older drugs that have been shown to have a high degree of efficacy against the infection.

    Full article: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/06/15/does-vanguard-and-blackrock-own-the-world.aspx?ui=bb4dacf56d364c8aecefb22217091c77d2154762c68fd258d557a18be6f6af77&sd=19000101&cid_source=dnl&cid_medium=email&cid_content=art1HL&cid=20210615&mid=DM911263&rid=1183860329&p4=20100827&p5=

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  • China laughs at US donation of 80 vaccines
    BEIJING – Striking a blow for China’s so-called vaccine diplomacy, state media have mocked the United States for calling attention to its donation of 80 vials of COVID-19 vaccines to Trinidad and Tobago.
    “Would this be selected for the Worst Public Relations Award of the Year?” the official Xinhua news agency said yesterday in an article on WeChat, which compiled more than ten mocking tweets by other social media users under a US embassy Twitter statement announcing the donation.
    Duelling for global influence, Beijing and Washington have both sought to garner goodwill by pledging to supply vaccines to desperate governments amid a global shortage.
    Though Washington recently announced expanded efforts, Beijing got a head start by donating domestically made vaccines to emerging countries.
    US president Joe Biden said last week that Washington will donate half a billion doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the world’s poorest countries, on top of 80 million doses it has already pledged to donate by the end of June.
    On Monday, the US Embassy in Port of Spain said on Twitter that its donation to Trinidad and Tobago includes 80 vials of the Pfizer vaccine. Typically, a vial contains five or six doses.
    “We believe that every vaccine counts,” the embassy said.
    Chinese state media outlets including the Global Times and China Daily took delight at the sarcastic comments generated by the embassy tweet.
    “Little was given, but much was spoken on it,” Xinhua said.
    In May, China delivered 100 000 donated doses of Sinopharm’s vaccine to Trinidad and Tobago.

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  • I am booked to recieve a second dose of Astrazenica tomorrow. Now this.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/astra-zeneca-second-shots-stop-1.6069838

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  • The charts for the week ending Friday 18th June. Barbados has maintained its good performance of consistent improvements re. positivity, active cases and daily incidence of positive cases. Jamaica, Guyana, St Lucia and T&T are each showing improvements – Source: Lyall Small

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  • I am getting a second dose of vaccine on Tuesday.Will take what is available.

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-pfizer-covid19-vaccine-delay-1.6072935

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  • Delta Variant and its adverse relationship with unvaccinated areas.

    http://a.msn.com/00/en-us/AALhNQb

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    ” COVID-19 outbreak at Toronto hospital infects some who have received both vaccine doses ”

    https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/covid-19-outbreak-at-toronto-hospital-infects-some-who-have-received-both-vaccine-doses-1.5479528

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  • @Hants

    Being vaccinated is no guarantee. It is meant to reduce the possibility of serious illness.

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    The Gov’t just relaxed restrictions on fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents ( with proof) entering Canada starting July 5th

    BTW I have received my two shots of Pfizer

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/fully-vaccinated-canadians-travel-july-1.6073480

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  • @ Sargeant glad you got your two shots.

    My first shot in April was Pfizer and will be geting Moderna as my second shot tomorrow.

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    I did not expect a ” guarantee “.I just am hoping to reduce the risk of more serious illness than I already have.

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  • First shot was Pfizer and just got Moderna for second shot.

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  • Marshall defends act amendment
    THE GOVERNMENT’S top legal adviser has dismissed suggestions that Parliament could have met to debate protocols as the COVID-19 pandemic swept Barbados last year.
    In fact, said Attorney General Dale Marshall, Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn, one of the claimants who has brought a constitutional challenge to Government’s emergency management protocols, refused to enter the Senate for fear of contracting the virus.
    His comments came as he spent an hour and a half on the witness stand yesterday, in the No. 12 Supreme Court, being grilled by Queen’s Counsel Hal Gollop.
    Listing the dates that Parliament had convened between March 20, last year and yesterday, Gollop argued there was “clear opportunity, adequate opportunity, if it was needed”, to convene Parliament within that time to debate the health protocols.
    Marshall responded that “hindsight is 20-20”.
    “At the time and at all stages during our management of the COVID issue, we could not be sure that all of Cabinet or all of Parliament would not have caught COVID,” the Attorney General told the court.
    “I believe that one of the claimants in this matter expressed his own view that he did not want to be in Parliament to catch COVID. So Parliament may not have met, but at the time we could not know whether we would be able to meet weekly, in six months or in three months.”
    He added that having reviewed the Emergency Management Act
    and the advice of the Solicitor General, he felt it necessary to supplement the existing legislation and this resulted in an amendment.
    Gollop then directed the Attorney General to the “wide and generous ambit” of the Emergency Powers Act, which referred to earthquakes, hurricanes, an outbreak of pestilence, war and other events, and asked
    him what “new intervening situation brought about by the COVID-19” would have prompted the amendment.
    “That is certainly a most comprehensive list found anywhere,” Attorney General Marshall replied. “However, given the sparsity of the statute, it was deemed necessary for it to go much further than just a bald statement, that these are the kinds of things that will trigger a state of emergency. The statute simply says that a state of emergency can be declared in certain specific circumstances.”
    As a result, Marshall said, a previous Barbados Labour Party administration had, in 2007, piloted the Emergency Management Act
    because it felt that “more was needed than just that empowering provision”.
    He said that Emergency Management Act also did not consider any health issue or pandemic.
    “Recognising that we would be managing the state of emergency under the vast provisions of the Emergency Management Act,
    we felt we needed to amend the Emergency Management Act
    to specifically allow for a pandemic,” he said, adding the older Emergency Powers Act lacked depth.
    The Attorney General went on to say he considered he had the authority to grant exemptions to those who were prevented from opening for business during the shutdown.
    “We granted exemptions all the time for many things. We granted exemptions to all kinds of businesses. We granted exemptions to people who made coffins,” he said.
    However, Marshall said he did not know “of any Benson minimart”.


    Source: Nation

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    You are in good company.

    Merkel’s two vaccine doses
    BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has received a dose of Moderna as her second shot of coronavirus vaccine, having had Oxford-AstraZeneca as her first, a government spokesman said.
    The 66-year-old leader was vaccinated a few days ago after getting a dose of AstraZeneca in April.
    Experts believe mixed dosing of COVID vaccines could be a good idea but it is too early to say for sure.
    After a slow start, Germany’s vaccination rollout accelerated in recent weeks.
    More than half of the country’s population has now received their first dose of a vaccine.
    In April, Merkel’s spokesman tweeted a photo of her vaccination certificate to show she had received the injection.
    One study in the UK found that adults were more likely to report mild and moderate side effects after mixing doses of the AstraZeneca and Pfizer COVID vaccines. (BBC)

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  • AstraZeneca ‘effective’
    LONDON – The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is effective against Delta and Kappa variants, which were first identified in India, the company said yesterday, citing a study.
    The study by the Oxford University investigated the ability of monoclonal antibodies in blood from recovered people and from those vaccinated to neutralise the Delta and Kappa variants, the statement said.
    (Reuters)

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  • Digital vaccination cards by month end
    by RACHELLE AGARD
    rachelleagard@nationnews.com
    BY MONTH END, Government will be looking to roll out the new digital vaccination cards says Minister of Health and Wellness, Jeffrey Bostic.
    “[The cards] will include a bar code and other security features and that is what you will be required to show when you go to those events. That will be rolled out this weekend because we have to facilitate our people who travel as well. It is required overseas and for the ease of travel. That is how we are doing it at the (Grantley Adams International) airport for persons coming in as well,” he revealed.
    However, Bostic made it clear Government had not decided on any fully vaccinated activities. He said it was left up to promoters and others hosting events to decide whether or not the event would be for fully vaccinated individuals or otherwise.
    “They can decide whatever they want to do, but we do not believe in having discriminatory events or discriminating against people. It is up to people what type of event they want to host. If you want to go to an event of that nature, the protocol as articulated in the press conference is if you’re not fully vaccinated then you require a PCR test, 48 hours at least before the event. Whether or not you are allowed into an event depends on the type of event. If it is a fully vaccinated event then it is a fully vaccinated event,” he said.
    Last week, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Culture, John King made it clear these events would not be Crop Over branded, but noted Government understood how difficult it was for people to be locked down for a long time.
    When questioned about a possible reduction in the cost of PCR testing for those unable to be vaccinated because of medical conditions, personal or religious beliefs, but who wanted to attend such events, Bostic said that was a decision for the Cabinet Sub-Committee.
    While he acknowledged there were promoters who remained unsatisfied with the 150-member cap on events, the minister said he had to balance public safety versus allowing some activities to take place.
    “That is the balance we have to be able to strike and we have to be able to do things that we feel we can keep a handle on. If you have 150 people at the moment and something unfortunate happens, then that reduces the amount of contact tracing that has to be done. If we go for larger numbers, that will be beyond our control if something happens. Then the country suffers and there will be no more activities of that nature, so a little with content has to be great gain,” he cautioned.
    Bostic also warned promoters if they intended to “squeeze in two more people” that the COVID-19 Monitoring Unit would be out in their numbers keeping a watchful eye.
    “When we monitor and there are ways and means of doing things, we will know what is happening. If people contravene the orders, they will be closed down. It is that simple. At the moment we believe that the Monitoring Unit can oversee these activities, especially since persons still have to go through or apply to the Monitoring Unit to stage activities so they can plan the monitoring and response to activities. If necessary we will expand the resources, but I don’t anticipate that will be required at this point in time, at least not in the initial stages,” the minister said.

    Source: Nation

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  • @Hants

    Is this the attitude of people you know over there?

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  • @ David,

    Yes. It’s been a long time on since Canadians could travel. Some Bajan snowbirds missed their yearly vacation.

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  • Thanks Hants. Continue to observe the COVID 19 protocols. Continue to be safe.

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  • What’s going on with Hill?

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    Attached are charts for week ending 25th June. The big news is that at the end of that week there were a few spikes that slightly blurred the successes of the past 6 months. However, there does not appear to be cause for any panic at this time as larger spikes have been contained previously. The watchword is now for everyone to be scrupulously compliant with the existing established protocols, especially masking up, and to take up the available vaccines asap. The active charts for the other Islands continues the trends observed over the past few weeks – Source: Lyall Small

    In an impassioned plea at yesterdays COVID 10 Press conference (26 June 2021) Dr. Corey Forde, infection specialist with lead responsibility in the battle against COVID 19 advised unvaccinated Barbadians to come forward and be vaccinated. Of interest is that he revealed a younger Barbadian with no underlying medical condition is being diagnosed with more frequency.

    The thrust of the recent update is a response to an understandable complacency being observed after weeks of recording negligible cases.

    Although the vast majority of people infected with COVID 19 do recover, the stress it exerts on a fragile economy, healthcare system and quality of life for some infected with the virus makes it an urgent requirement to comply public health protocol i.e. regular washing of hands, wearing masks, physical distancing etc. Ideally all Bajans are asked to be vaccinated against COVID 19 which is the best solution science guarantees.

    As the country opens up to receive more tourists, especially from the UK where the Delta variant is present, the most important form of defence against the virus is for Barbadians and residents on the island to take responsibility for what is required to effectively fight back the virus. If we do not, we will have to live with the consequences.

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  • The Ministry of Education Technological and Vocational Training has confirmed that a student from the Princess Margaret Secondary School and one from the Ann Hill School have tested positive for COVID-19.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/06/27/update-on-positive-covid-tests-at-two-schools/

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  • Critical Analyzer

    New research shows injecting the vaccine into a blood vessel increases the risk of blood clots. Are our nurses and doctors administering the vaccine aspirating before injecting the vaccine into the arm muscle to ensure they are not hitting a blood vessel?

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  • Have we had reported cases of nurses not administering the vaccine properly.

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    @David
    According to the video, the advice coming from WHO UK and various international health authorities seems to be no need to aspirate as the chances of hitting a blood vessel are low but there is a chance and no one will know unless the aspirate the injection site first.

    Does anyone know what our nurses were trained/told to do when administering this vaccine?

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  • Bajan doc: Beware Delta variant
    By Tony Best

    As new clusters of the coronavirus threaten to undermine a return of normalcy in many countries fighting the pandemic, a leading Barbadian infectious disease expert in the United States is urging local officials to take action that would protect people against surges of the Delta variant.
    Dr Wayne Greaves, a “distinguished scientist” in New Jersey, is urging officials to take “very seriously” the highly contagious variant, which was first detected in India but has spread around the globe like the proverbial wildfire. He said the variant should be approached with a sense of urgency and care because it was striking people of all ages – the elderly, middle aged, young adults and children.
    Be fully vaccinated
    Just as important, Greaves, a scientist at a large pharmaceutical conglomerate, wants Bajans to become “fully vaccinated” and not rely on half-way measures such as taking a single dose in cases which require two shots.
    “The biggest danger when it comes to the Delta variant is how infectious it is, how easily it can spread,” Greaves told the Sunday Sun in an interview from his home in New Jersey.
    “That is the greatest concern I have. A second concern is the vaccines and the antibodies that we have. Although they are generally effective, their effectiveness seems to become reduced somewhat” in the case of Delta variant.
    “While at the moment it doesn’t seem as though there are failures, we do know from data in Scotland and England that people who receive only one dose of the vaccine, the protection can be quite low, like 33 per cent in terms of protection, whereas once they have received both doses of the vaccine – Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca – the effectiveness rises to 88 per cent if the vaccines being injected are Pfizer or Moderna and 60 per cent for AstraZeneca,” Greaves said.
    “The bottom line is that for the Delta variant, you need to be fully vaccinated to be really protected. One dose is not enough and people who try not to show up for the second dose are putting themselves at risk.” Greaves, a former professor of medicine at Howard University in
    Washington D.C., said that although there wasn’t sufficient research results in children to reach a definitive conclusion about youngsters, parents should ensure, they too, were vaccinated.
    “I don’t know enough about children at the present time but I suspect that it (Delta) could be more infectious, more easily spread among children as we are seeing it in adults,” he added.
    Worldwide spread
    “What we know right now is that it is spreading all over the world. Right now, we know there are 96 countries in which it has been reported.
    In the Caribbean and Latin American region we know it has been reported in a number of countries where they have found the Delta variant. The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has reported that Barbados, Puerto Rico, Martinique and St Maarten are places where they have identified the presence of the Delta variant.”
    The expert explained that the full extent of infections in those countries wasn’t clear, noting “we know that once it is there, that there is the potential for great spread.”
    Greaves pinpointed senior citizens as a group of special concern to the health care and scientific communities because the immune systems of the elderly were “not as strong or robust” as those in younger generations.
    “Even with the vaccines, the elderly may not get as good an antibody response as people who were younger,” said Greaves. “The antibody response is really very important in terms of protection, especially from the Delta variant.
    Older people could be potentially at greater risk than younger people.
    We don’t have a lot of data but this is based on what we know about the immune system as we get older. That explained why the elderly should be fully vaccinated.”
    The scientist was also worried about first responders, those involved in providing essential services to that group in the population.
    “People like police officers, security personnel and those involved in hurricane responses are of special interest and concern” who should be protected against the variant and the elements,” he said.
    “There is the potential risk of mixing together people who are vaccinated
    with persons who are not vaccinated. Heaven forbid you bring together some people who are infected with the Delta variant with others who are not infected.
    The Delta is so highly contagious that it spreads very easily. I would hope that countries in the region which are hurricane prone should give careful consideration to that concern when they are planning for an eventuality that may involve responding to a hurricane, a catastrophic event which forces people to come together in close proximity to each other and in groups. That is a serious concern.”

    Source: Nation

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  • Twelve new cases of the COVID-19 virus were discovered in Barbados.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/07/07/12-new-covid-cases/

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  • My apologies for being late in the submission of last week’s update which was primarily related to the effects of Hurricane Emily. Last week It seemed that the recent upticks in incidence were coming under control and that we might have been returning to a fairly steady state but this week’s data suggests that we are not yet there – Lyall Small

    See COVID 19 Updates page

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  • Here’s a write up on an alarming paper from Guelph, Canada, about new research on spread of Covid-19 from infected humans to pet cats and dogs. Older papers have suggested that there is a small incidence of spread in the other direction.

    https://www.livescience.com/pet-cats-dogs-catch-covid-19-from-owners.html?utm_source=notification

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  • First shot was Pfizer and got Moderna for second shot on April 22nd.

    I am now designated as fully vaccinated. I will continue to wear a mask when required and limit my ” socialization “.

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  • BAMP CONCERNED
    President says too many still vulnerable to Covid-19
    By Colville Mounsey
    colvillemounsey@nationnews.com
    The jump in COVID-19 cases in recent days has the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) concerned about too many Barbadians remaining vulnerable as the country eases restrictions.
    With 42 new cases in the last five days, president Dr Lynda Williams is warning that the number could rise as a result of people gathering in large numbers at supermarkets in preparation for Hurricane Elsa last week.
    “We must try to avoid scenes such as those in Hurricane Elsa where people were congregating in large numbers in business places and then potentially sheltering with relatives and friends. In scenarios like these, the pandemic impacts, including a potential for increase in transmission which would not be seen immediately but may affect case numbers a week or two later. So we must be vigilant at all times but more so in the coming days,” she said.
    Regular testing
    Williams also reiterated a call for regular testing for variants, saying Barbadians must be made aware of any threat of more infectious strains, such as the Delta variant.
    “Whenever there is a spike in cases, particularly among unvaccinated people, there are potentially more people who may become ill or hospitalised. We want to see regular updates on the overall picture. We should not simply focus on the numbers of a single day or the positivity rate for a single day. That doesn’t tell the full story.
    “We need to look at the cumulative number of cases in a week and the number of cases per 1 000 tests run. These numbers as well as our capacity for contact tracing, whether the case is local or imported, whether the cases are among the vaccinated or unvaccinated and the numbers hospitalised, will give us better information about what is happening, as well as regular reporting on the more transmissible variants.”
    She added: “We continue to ask whether or not we have the human capacity to do all of the contact tracing that we need to do. The other thing we have asked for is regular reports as it relates to variants.”
    Williams said Barbadians needed to return to the days of the strictest adherence to the COVID-19 protocols in order to safeguard themselves, noting that as restrictions are lifted, occasional spikes can be expected.
    “Whether or not we have new variants here, we still have to follow the public health guidelines and principles that have brought us this far . . . . Our concern is especially for the unvaccinated persons because the truth is in Barbados, we only have 25 per cent of the persons vaccinated.”
    On Thursday, Barbados recorded its 48th COVID-19-related death, with nine new infections.
    Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George told the Saturday Sun yesterday that most of the cases were the result of local transmission.
    “We have had about four or five cases that were imported, but all of the others were local transmission. We have managed to link some of them but there are a number of cases that we have not been able to link,” said George, who disclosed that none of the local transmissions had been among the vaccinated population.
    In honour of Arthur
    While in office, the late Prime Minister Owen Arthur helped the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus expand and triple its roll of students.
    Therefore, it was only fitting that a building be named to honour his legacy.
    UWI vice chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles made that point yesterday during a ceremony in which the CARICOM Building at the campus was named the Owen Arthur CARICOM Research Complex.
    “He vested a significant amount of land for the future development of the campus. The policy paper which he wrote said all Government land within a mile of this campus is subject to vesting in the university. Thus the vesting began in different pieces of land, so under his tenure as Prime Minister the physical size of Cave Hill doubled.
    “The number of structures doubled, the student numbers tripled and the budget increased by 40 per cent. The Cave Hill Campus emerged in its modern manifestation out of his commitment and his vision,” Sir Hilary said.
    Arthur served as Prime Minister from 1994 to 2008 and later became a professor at Cave Hill. He died in July 2020.
    Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, widow Julie Arthur and daughters Sabrina and Leah attended.
    While thanking the university for honouring her father, Leah said: “This renaming ceremony is an event my father was thoroughly looking forward to. Any time he drove down UWI Hill he beamed when he talked about how his children, grandchildren and great-grands would be able to pass and remember him and his achievements. (TG)

    Source: Nation

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  • Bajans have to pay for quarantine stay

    By Antoinette Connell antoinetteconnell @nationnews.com
    Barbadians returning home are to pay for quarantine accommodation.
    One of the casualties of Hurricane Elsa was the Paragon quarantine facility in Christ Church, which was left unfit to house arriving travellers waiting out the required COVID-19 grace period after testing. Prior to the hurricane, patients there were moved out by authorities.
    Based on information from the Department of Emergency Management there were 2 372 reports of damage.
    Yesterday, Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic confirmed the damage to the main quarantine facility, saying there would be no replacement, but rather arrivals would have to pay at the Government-approved locations.
    He did not address how long the facility, located near the airport in Christ Church, would be off the list of locations.
    The Paragon issue came
    to the fore when the Branch family, arriving from London on Friday and expecting to quarantine at Paragon, found themselves stranded for hours at Grantley Adams International Airport.
    That was after they were informed they had to pay for hotel quarantine and Rosemary Branch contacted the Sunday Sun from inside the airport about her plight and that of others, whom she said were threatened with being put on the next flight back out unless they found suitable accommodation.
    They were eventually moved to the Savannah Hotel on Friday night but encountered further problems, said Branch, as she was contacted by hotel personnel yesterday and told that authorities would pay for one night only.
    “They knew we couldn’t pay and forcibly removed us from the airport with security to put us in a room costing US$425 per night. How is that right?” she asked.
    She said the entire experience was frustrating and tiresome, having travelled long hours only to encounter the difficulty of an unexpected
    financial burden and an indifferent approach.
    She questioned why the information on Paragon or paying for quarantine was not publicised rather than people arriving to be shocked by the news.

    Source: Nation

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  • Lawyers have say on mandatory vaccination

    Stories by Stacey N. Russell There are strong legal grounds for governments in Barbados and other Caribbean countries to force people to take COVID-19 vaccines, but this must be tempered by legal tests of reasonableness and proportionality, as well as regard for social and industrial relations anxieties.
    In fact, dumping the idea of compulsory vaccination and focusing on achieving herd immunity by getting high percentages of populations immunised may be the best way of protecting citizens from the deadly virus.
    That opinion came from two lawyers on a power-packed panel that also included medical professionals, who shared mixed rationales for Caribbean citizens not being bluntly forced to take COVID-19 vaccines. They formed part of a virtual discussion on Thursday night when the Organisation of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Bar Association spoke on the topic Mandatory Vaccination: Legal, Justified Or Effective?
    Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, said: “I do believe that a compulsory requirement for the COVID-19 vaccine is justifiable in law, whether constitutionally or in the private sector. However, legitimacy in the law is not the only factor in making such a determination.”
    Industrial relations concerns
    The specialist in labour law, public law and law and legal systems said social and industrial relations concerns had to also be addressed.
    “So, it might be legally correct, but not desirable.”
    Jamaican human rights advocate and constitutional expert, Dr Lloyd Barnett, advocated for herd immunity that could still protect those who were against taking the jab.
    He agreed that public health objectives such as protecting society and stopping transmissions were achievable through vaccination because scientific evidence showed that 90 per cent of vaccinated people did not become infected a second time or transfer the virus to others, and “in any constitutional test those are factors which would be of critical importance.
    “But the universal compulsory vaccination, which is really the subject matter of this discourse is herd immunity. What is the percentage needed – that has not been scientifically established, but it’s certainly in the level of 75 or 80 per cent. That means that there are 20 per cent of persons who may not be vaccinated and yet herd immunity is achieved.
    “Should that therefore mean that universality is not the necessary answer if it is possible to obtain that percentage without compulsion? And that is something that we do not know yet,” said the founding member of the Regional and Judicial Legal Services Commission of the Caribbean Court of Justice.
    Antoine encouraged workers and unions not to see the limitation of rights as punitive, but as a protective measure for the greater good.
    “With COVID, I think it is timesensitive and a dynamic situation.
    Context matters in this whole question of proportionality . . . now with the high death rates and the recognition that alternative methods are, perhaps, not working.
    Proportionality principle
    “So, I also believe that the proportionality principle will encompass this medical risk question and the question of medical efficacy. If science shows that the vaccine is not going to be so effective, then limiting rights may not be justifiable,” she said.
    Antoine added that states could give citizens the “illusion of choice” by not forcing them to take the vaccine and stopping employers from making it mandatory through “soft law”.
    “For example, there is no law that says that you must take a yellow fever vaccine, but if you want to fly to many places in the world . . . then you can’t go anywhere without it. No one forces you to do it, but if you don’t, you can’t do what you want. And a similar situation is already happening with the COVID vaccine and the airlines,” she said.

    Source: Nation

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  • 40 new virus cases

    Forty people, 20 males and 20 females, were diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19) on Saturday, July 10, out of the 908 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

    The number of people in isolation is 60.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/07/11/40-new-virus-cases/

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  • Measures to be implemented from Tuesday, July 13
    Measures will be in place for two weeks.
    Daily curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
    No social gatherings.
    Attendance at indoor events will be capped at 100.
    Funeral attendance, based on spacing, will be capped at 100 people.
    Summer camps delayed for the next two weeks.
    Full contact sports on hold.
    No spectators at events, including cricket.
    Dance clubs and studios on hold.
    75 per cent seating capacity on public transportation. No standing allowed.
    Those who can work from home should be allowed to do so.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2021/07/11/bostic-hosts-covid-19-update-press-conference/

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  • In response to large COVID-19 spikes at a St Michael church and local business recently, Barbados’ Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Kenneth George, is urging all local establishments to immediately re-evaluate their COVID-19 protocols.

    During a COVID-19 Update and Press Conference on Sunday, George said a church and local business registered 33 and 21 new COVID-19 cases respectively, over the last few days.

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/07/11/establishments-urged-to-immediately-re-evaluate-covid-19-protocols/

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  • Attached are two of the regular weekly charts showing the incidence and percentage positivity of the disease over the last 9 days. I expect to add a third chart on percentage of adult population vaccinated by next week. The news today was not good in that the Covid team announced that a new significant spike was now being processed from today. The charts indicate that such spikes, though alarming, are now becoming almost routine. The back story of the 2 charts here suggest that the various Covid19 teams will continue to do excellent work in contact tracing, monitoring and limiting spread and continuing the effective management of the spike. Source: Lyall Small

    See COVID 19 Updates Page

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  • Here we go again visitors bringing the variants into the country meanwhile the citizens are punished

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2021/07/11/approximately-200-people-in-quarantine-at-hotels-alvin-hart/

    “We have the individuals from the large establishment that Dr. George spoke about…. We have over 70 of those in quarantine.

    The latest spike involves a St. Michael church, two businesses and a St. George family.

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  • What is the definition of a visitor? Does the definition include Barbadians returning home from overseas?

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  • angela coxJuly 12, 2021 8:31 AM

    Here we go again visitors bringing the variants into the country

    Xxxxxxx

    DavidJuly 12, 2021 12:09 PM

    What is the definition of a visitor? Does the definition include Barbadians returning home from overseas

    According to CMO statement
    He said three person entered our borders by entry of Carribbean Airlines and were tested positive
    He did not specify nationality or rendered with a clarification country or orgin they came from
    With that in mind he left open an exposed area by which one can filled the gap
    Hence I said visitors
    Not my job to clarify with precision
    That was the job of the CMO

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  • @ David July 12, 2021 12:09 PM

    Remember, this is how she remains relevant to the blog.

    And, “Where is the value trying to debate a person being deliberately malicious?”

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