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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  • An 81-year-old Barbadian man returned a positive result for COVID-19 after his second test, among 379 completed on Friday.

    He arrived in Barbados on Sunday, October 4, on a British Airways flight, and went into quarantine as required for persons travelling from high risk countries. This brings the total confirmed cases to 206 and increases the number of persons in isolation to 16. The island’s recoveries remain at 183 and there were seven deaths.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/10/elderly-man-contracts-covid/

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  • Attached are the usual weekly graphs (up to 9th oct). Active cases in Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana are now slowly trending downwards. Grenada remains steady at zero while Barbados is showing a slight uptick related to the Ellerslie cluster. The data does not support community spread – Lyall Small
    Follow BU COVID 19 Updates Page

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  • Considering the aggressive border policy of Barbados, we continue to satisfactorily manage the situation – comparatively speaking. Good to see the Jamaica, Guyana and T&T getting to the backside of the curve.

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  • Wise decision.

    “Canada now on high-risk list
    Barbados has placed Canada in the high-risk category in a new set of COVID-19 travel protocols which go into effect on October 16.”

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/11/canada-now-high-risk-list/

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  • Another national coronavirus lockdown is a possibility and we have to do what we can to avoid that at all costs, a leading UK scientist has said.

    Prof Peter Horby said the UK was at a “precarious point” as Covid cases and hospital admissions continue to rise.

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  • October 6, 2020
    https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 11, 2020
    147,467 patients admitted to hospital
    3,837 patients currently in hospital
    641 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    442 patients currently on ventilators
    42,825 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,347 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • Two men, both of whom arrived in Barbados last week, are the latest COVID-19-positive cases.

    They are a 64-year-old Barbadian who came in on Jet Blue on Saturday and a 53-year-old visitor who arrived from the United Kingdom on British Airways on October 7. He tested positive after a second test yesterday.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/11/two-men-test-positive-covid/

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  • Is there another COVID surge in China?

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  • October 6, 2020
    https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 11, 2020
    147,467 patients admitted to hospital
    3,837 patients currently in hospital
    641 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    442 patients currently on ventilators
    42,825 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,347 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    October 12, 2020
    148,118 patients admitted to hospital
    3,837 patients currently in hospital
    651 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    442 patients currently on ventilators
    42,875 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,347 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • @Simple Simon

    The trending does not look good. We should loan the UK our CMO.

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  • Glyne Clark may want to wait before moving to Ottawa.

    “COVID-19: 746 new cases in Ontario, 116 in Ottawa”

    https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/covid-19-746-new-cases-in-ontario-116-in-ottawa

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  • The Ministry of Health and Wellness said today that two visitors who arrived from the United Kingdom last week were positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after being retested.
    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/13/two-new-virus-cases-one-recovery-202010132121087999/

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  • October 6, 2020
    https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 11, 2020
    147,467 patients admitted to hospital
    3,837 patients currently in hospital
    641 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    442 patients currently on ventilators
    42,825 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,347 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    October 12, 2020
    148,118 patients admitted to hospital
    3,837 patients currently in hospital
    651 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    442 patients currently on ventilators
    42,875 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,347 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    October 14, 2020
    149,548 patients admitted to hospital
    4,650 patients currently in hospital
    680 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    516 patients currently on ventilators
    43,155 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,690 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • The new cases are a 34-year-old male visitor who arrived on Trans Guyana on September 30; a 32-year-old female who has been identified as a contact of the male visitor and who also arrived on September 30 on Trans Guyana; and a 37-year-old male visitor who came in on British Airways on October 3.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/15/three-new-virus-cases-202010160022119699/

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  • 24,780 Covid19 cases per million population in the United States
    672 Covid19 deaths per million population in the United States

    758 Covid19 DEATHS per million population in the United States
    24 Covid19 DEATHS per million population in Barbados

    So a person in the USA is 32 times MORE LIKELY to have caught COVID19 as a person in Barbados
    And a person in the USA is 28 times MORE LIKELY to have DIED of COVID19 as a person in Barbados

    Source: worldometers.info

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  • October 6, 2020
    https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 14, 2020
    149,548 patients admitted to hospital
    4,650 patients currently in hospital
    680 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    516 patients currently on ventilators
    43,155 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,690 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    October 16, 2020
    150,378 patients admitted to hospital
    4941 patients currently in hospital
    792 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    580 patients currently on ventilators
    43,293 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    57,690 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • Looks like the second wave is gathering momentum, where is the Czar!

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  • Those are British numbers

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  • The second wave started in the countries of the great white north about a month ago.

    Will likely be a second wave in those countries within 15 degrees of the equator as well, but as happened last winter [roughly December 2019 to the end of March 2020] the second wave will likely be more intense in the north than in equatorial regions, principally because in cold weather people in the north are forced indoors in homes, schools and on public transportation, and it is hard to avoid breathing on others in those circumstances.

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  • We pray that Operation Warp Speed does not develop a speed wobble.

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  • Ontario reported nine new deaths Friday
    261 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, 67 are in ICU and 36 of them are on ventilators

    https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/covid-19-ontario-reports-712-new-cases-108-in-ottawa

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  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/how-level-is-determined.html
    How CDC Determines the Risk Level for COVID-19 Travel Health Notices
    Criteria Used to Determine COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Risk Levels

    CDC bases COVID-19 risk levels for foreign countries and US Territories on two sets of data (primary and secondary criteria)

    Virus transmission rates at the destination (primary criteria)
    AND
    Healthcare capacity and public health infrastructure at the destination (secondary criteria)
    

    Primary Criteria: Virus Transmission Rates

    CDC uses World Health Organization COVID-19 surveillance data external to measure virus transmission rates; we monitor this information every day. Population size determines the specific criteria CDC uses.

    For foreign countries and US Territories with 300,000 people or less, CDC reviews two primary criteria

    New COVID-19 case counts, and
    New case trajectory
    

    Primary Criteria for COVID-19 Travel Health Notice Levels*
    Destinations with 300,000 People or Less LEVEL 3 HIGH RISK LEVEL 2 MODERATE RISK LEVEL 1 LOW RISK
    Number of new cases More than 10 7-10 3-6
    New Case Trajectory Accelerating or growing Decelerating, slowing, OR stable

    *CDC reviews all primary criteria daily; see below for how a destination moves from one THN level to another.

    Secondary Criteria: Healthcare Capacity and Public Health Infrastructure

    CDC uses secondary criteria to measure the impact of COVID-19 on essential health services (healthcare and public health). Secondary criteria are mostly qualitative data that come from official sources, such as ministry of health websites. We review the same secondary criteria for destinations with more than 300,000 people as for those with 300,000 people or less.

    Examples of secondary criteria

    Healthcare capacity, such as available hospital beds and ventilators
    Public health infrastructure, such as testing and contact tracing capacity
    Any documented exported cases (an exported COVID-19 case is defined as a traveler who leaves one foreign country or US Territory and enters another)
    

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  • Ellerslie School given all-clear

    It’s back to school for students of The Ellerslie School tomorrow.
    The good news came yesterday following a walkthrough of the school’s compound at Black Rock, St Michael, by officials from the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training.
    They were accompanied by the Crisis Communication Committee, comprising members of the school’s board of management, the school’s administration, its health and safety committee and the Parent Teachers Association (PTA).
    Also represented on the tour were members of the Barbados Union of Teachers and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union.
    Acting Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson, speaking prior to the walkthrough, informed the representatives that on October 16, the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training received a letter from the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, indicating that the contact tracing at The Ellerslie School was completed.
    She noted there were no further COVID-19 cases found; there was both primary and secondary contact tracing and the Ministry of Health and Wellness was satisfied to report that the primary contact tracing was 100 per cent complete.
    “To this end, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, recommended that the school was now safe to be reopened for both students and teachers on Monday, October 19,” Adamson said.
    Representatives also heard that there was a “thorough and deep cleaning” in all areas, including its administrative block, classrooms, specialist areas and the pavilion.
    “The cleaning was completed today (yesterday), and the school will be totally ventilated tomorrow (today), so that when students return on Monday (tomorrow), everything will be in order,” the Acting Chief Education Officer said, as she acknowledged their satisfaction and support for the reopening.
    Adamson, however, addressed a major concern which was evoked by the group and took the opportunity to issue an appeal.
    “One of the things that we would want to tell the public of Barbados is that the contact tracing found no further cases and therefore on October 19 we want them to embrace the students of The Ellerslie School.
    “The students, teachers and their relatives would have had a traumatic time over the last two weeks. Their return to school should not be made difficult,” she stressed.
    It was also noted that the Ministry provided counselling for students, teachers and all other staff during the last two weeks.
    “We therefore think it important that school should go back to normal. This episode here at The Ellerslie School is a wakeup call for all of us in Education and throughout Barbados; we must continue to wear our masks; we must continue to practise physical distancing; and we must continue to sanitise.
    “The Ministry of Education is very pleased with the outcome here because it proves that our protocols have worked at this school, and if all schools also adhere to the protocols, hopefully we will be able to keep this scourge of COVID-19 at bay within our schools and throughout Barbados,” the Acting Chief Education Officer concluded.
    (BA/PR)

    Source: Nation

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  • Where sis the Czar? Have we got an epidemiological model on which to work?

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  • We are waiting on Boris.

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  • Boris has a model? Wuh she name?

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  • I nominate Dr. George for the Czar post. I love how he dresses, with his open shirt and gold chain. This is more important to me than doing a great job at managing the pandemic and saving lives.

    Dr. George for new czar!

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  • An important LINK to support concerns about air travel in a COVID 19 environment.
    and another LINK.

    This is the original article to which the link explains.

    Cough modeling research finds low exposure risk to COVID-19 inside airplane
    U.S. Department of Defense findings show the cabin environment quickly removes particles in the air.
    BNN
    Friday, October 16, 2020

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers are taking a closer look at something passengers can’t see onboard an airplane — the air they breathe.

    New findings just released show airborne particles spread less within commercial airplanes than in conventional indoor places — such as homes, offices or businesses. The research led by the U.S. Transportation Command found the cabin environment limits particle movement and quickly removes them from the air.

    Working closely with Boeing, United Airlines, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, USTRANSCOM conducted the testing inside the cabin of a Boeing 767-300 and a Boeing 777-200.

    “Within the scope of the test, the results showed an overall low exposure risk from aerosolized pathogens like COVID-19 on these aircraft,” said Vice Adm. Dee Mewbourne, deputy commander of USTRANSCOM.

    https://advocate.socialchorus.com/boeing/BNN/articles/cough-modeling-research-finds-low-exposure-risk-to-covid-inside-airplane-1

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Fear is the virus we must fight. Time to get informed, stop being stupid and spreading the fear.

    https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/

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  • This daily influx of visitors should be a good test to see if Barbados is managing “Covid ”

    “Barbados welcomed the inaugural British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Barbados on October 17, 2020, as it resumed its year-round direct daily service to the island, after a hiatus of more than 15 years”

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/10/18/british-airways-resumes-london-heathrow-to-barbados/

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  • Dr. Stella Immanuel is one of America’s Frontline Doctors.

    Somehow when Trump got covid, neither Emmanuel nor hydroxychloriquine were part of his treatment.

    i wonder why?

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  • 219,668 dead Americans, including my cousin, who was younger than me.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Cuhdear Bajan
    You can keep wondering why because you prefer to believe the changing lies from non practicing experts rather than open your eyes and read the mounting evidence that political agendas, media lies and the greed of the pharmaceutical industry led to the death of your cousin and probably will kill other family members as well unless you wise up.

    Early and Preventative Treatment is out there for those not afraid to look and here is one such good place you can start. https://www.americasfrontlinedoctors.com/hcq-protocols/

    Winter is coming.

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  • @Critical Analyzer October 18, 2020 10:24 PM “open your eyes and read the mounting evidence that political agendas, media lies and the greed of the pharmaceutical industry led to the death of your cousin.”

    Nope.

    My cousin died from Covid19.

    He did not die from “political agendas, media lies, nor from the greed of the pharmaceutical industry.”

    He died from COVID19

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  • @Critical Analyzer October 18, 2020 10:24 PM “Winter is coming.”

    Really?

    I’ve lived here for more than 50 years and the temperature has never dropped below 16 C

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  • A critical point that should not be forgotten is the number of people who will get sick and have to enter the medical system. If COVID 19 is not held in check it will compromise healthcare delivery for others.

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  • On October 18 at 9:01 PM “219,668 dead Americans, including my cousin, who was younger than me.”

    On October 22 at 8:32 PM “222,965 dead Americans”

    In this 4 day period more Americans died of COVID19 than died on 9/11

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  • https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

    October 6, 2020
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 22, 2020
    157,242 patients admitted to hospital
    7,433 patients currently in hospital
    1,058 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    711 patients currently on ventilators
    44,347 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    58,164 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

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  • “Two visitors tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday after their mandatory second tests. They were the only positive cases among the 392 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.

    They are a 24-year-old female, who arrived on American Airlines on October 18, and a 48-year-old male, who came in on British Airways on October 20.”

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/23/two-visitors-test-positive-virus/

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  • The Ministry of Health and Wellness said today that a 32-year-old male visitor, who arrived on British Airways on October 9, has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after a second test.

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  • According to the New York Times “U.S. hits highest daily number of cases since pandemic began
    Friday’s tally is the first time the United States has seen more than 80,000 cases reported in one day, and surpasses the previous record set during a summer surge of cases across the Sun Belt. It comes as many states are seeing rising hospitalizations.”

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  • Two female visitors and a Barbadian man are the latest people to test positive for COVID-19 in Barbados. They were all diagnosed after being tested a second time.

    They are an 18-year-old female, who arrived on British Airways on October 22; a 25-year-old female, who came in on Jet Blue on October 20; and a 20-year-old male, who arrived on Air Canada on October 18.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/25/three-new-covid-cases-take-total-230/

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  • Ontario’s daily COVID-19 cases top 1,000 for 1st time, day after reaching previous high

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/covid-19-coronavirus-ontario-october-25-numbers-report-1.5776198

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  • How many weeks have we gone without a Czar? What is our epidemiological model? Also, there are about 168 candidate vaccines in development. Has the government of Barbados placed any orders with any, or are we waiting on the Chinese or Russian developments?

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  • A female, who arrived on British Airways on October 22, tested positive for the viral illness after her second test on Friday.

    Two males, 38 and 21, arrived on American Airlines on October 15, and were retested on October 16. Their cases were under investigation until Friday when they were confirmed with the viral illness.

    https://www.nationnews.com/2020/10/26/three-visitors-test-positive-covid/

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  • The government has extended the emergency law to cover off Covid for five more months.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    We don’t need another czar nor vaccine to get rid of COVID. We need proper journalists to investigate and expose the facts and lies.

    https://covexit.com/dr-brian-tysons-first-person-account-of-covid-19/

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  • The government has extended the emergency law to cover off Covid for six more months.

    Still a ‘clear and present danger’
    BARBADOS HAS EXTENDED the COVID-19 public health emergency for another six months.
    A resolution tabled in the House of Assembly by Attorney General Dale Marshall yesterday, and unanimously passed, extended it until March 27, 2021.
    It was supported by Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic who has been leading the charge against the pandemic. He warned Barbados was still in a public health emergency called COVID-19 which “still remains a clear and very present danger”.
    Bostic also revealed that the island was part of a consortium of countries that have made down payments on COVID-19 vaccines in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organisation for when they become available.
    He insisted that the extension was an essential tool for all the COVID-19 control measures already in place.
    However, Leader of the Opposition Bishop Joseph Atherley questioned the length of the extension.
    “I would have wished the Attorney General would have suggested to us in a stronger fashion why six months, because though the legislation allows you to extend for six months, (it) does not say you have to go for six months . . . . Why are we going as far as six months down the road?” he asked.
    Atherley also accused “those who speak with authority from the Government side on these issues” of sending mixed signals.
    “When you tell me you have to extend this state of emergency for six months, the world is being visited by a second wave and we are still faced with a threat. We are allowing flights to come from these second wave places of origin and every day bring new cases to Barbados” he said.
    He added that while “Parliament would like to meet virtually, I have been seeing images of last weekend . . . . The embodiment of those voices in here were principals hugging and feting and celebrating without any thought for physical distancing.
    “You can’t stand and tell Barbados we have to keep our guard up, we must extend the state of emergency or six months . . . . You can’t stand and tell Barbados you are getting complacent because you are feting again, and your social events represent situations where your physical distancing is not being observed by those who are our political leaders and the physical voices of Government hug (and are) congregating.”
    Marshall had pointed out that under the provisions of the Emergency Management Act, a state of emergency could only be declared by the Governor General for 30 days, and in order for it to continue thereafter, “it must be by way of resolution of Parliament”. One such six-month extension by Parliament had just ended, he added.
    The Attorney General expressed concern that Barbadians had in some ways “gone back to their ways of life”, as he observed that “the feting has started back, the social events have started back . . . . Places that were closed during the early days of COVID-19 have reopened to business”.
    Also, as Barbados prepared for a winter tourist season that would bring visitors from source markets rated in the COVID-19 high-risk category, it was important to maintain the protocols to protect the country, he said.
    “We are not going to surrender to the pandemic. We have to fight tooth and nail every step of the way to make sure that we are not overcome,” the Attorney General added.
    Bostic informed the House that since the resumption of commercial flights from July 12 and up to October 25, the major source of positive visitors were the United States with 35, the United Kingdom with 42 and 17 from CARICOM.
    He, however, said some quarantine facilities had not yet been used, with the main 220-bed
    Harrison Point facility currently having “no more than ten or 15 people”. Also, only five of the close to 100 ventilators purchased by Government had been utilised.
    He noted that the contingent of Cuban nurses had not been deployed to Harrison Point “because the anticipated need had not arisen”. However, he reported that some of them were being used at Grantley Adams International Airport and other facilities “to enhance our testing capacity”.

    Source: Nation

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  • https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

    October 6, 2020
    144,347 patients admitted to hospital
    2,833 patients currently in hospital
    393 patients currently on ventilators
    42,445 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis

    October 28, 2020
    159,551 patients admitted to hospital
    9,199 patients currently in hospital
    1,152 patients admitted to hospitals every day
    852 patients currently on ventilators
    45,365 patients died withing 28 days of a covid19 diagnosis
    58,925 deaths with COVID19 on the death certificate

    In about 3 weeks, there are more than twice as many people in the U.K. on ventilators.
    In about three weeks,there are more than three times as many people in U.K. hospitals.
    Sadly Covid19 is not over yet, in fact it appears to be significantly worse than in the “spring”

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  • Do we need another part-time economic consultant at this point or a new CoVid Czar? Is that money well spent? Has the government pre-ordered any vaccines?

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  • Vaccines pre-ordered and paid for.

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  • No. We need non-critical analysers to plug their buttholes. Your shit is hazardous to our health. Take a flight to Wisconsin and stay there! Please! The last thing we need is for your crap to infect Barbados. Go join your stupid kind in COVID Country!

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  • 234,598 Americans have already died of COVID19

    This number is greater that the entire populations of many, many small countries, such as:

    Sao Tome & Principe
    Western Samoa
    St. Lucia
    Kiribati
    Micronesia
    Grenada
    Tonga
    St. Vincent & the Grenadines
    Seychelles
    Antigua & Barbuda
    Andorra
    Dominica
    Marshall Islands
    St. Kitts & Nevis
    Monaco
    Liechtenstein
    San Marino
    Palau
    Tuvalu
    Nauru
    Vatican City

    These deaths should not have happened in a country rich in clean running water, soap, fabric for masks, money, scientific brain power etc. etc.

    The American people have been betrayed, not by foreigners, but by their own people.

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  • Boris locking down next week.

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  • Barbados praised for pandemic safety
    Barbados has been given a vote of confidence as a safe travel destination in light of the COVID-19 pandemic by a Europe-based tourism executive.
    Managing director of Sandals Europe Dominik Riber said yesterday Barbados had done a good job keeping the island safe and encouraged the island to “keep the protocols up, the concepts, everything you are doing because you are doing something right”.
    Riber is leading a 90-strong group of travel agents, tour operators, travel writers, airline industry personnel and other partners in the German travel industry on a two-day familiarisation trip organised by Sandals in collaboration with Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc’s Germany office whose director Anita Nightingale is also on the trip.
    Yesterday, she was forced to address the group virtually from her Sandals Royal hotel room where she is quarantined awaiting results of the second COVID-19 test due today, since she boarded the flight from a high risk country, Belgium. The group arrived Thursday on the first Lufthansa flight of the season.
    Nightengale announced Germany would be placed on Barbados’ High Risk list on Tuesday. Outlining the protocols which she was mandated to follow, Nightengale told the visitors: “I want you to observe my experience because this will be the same experience your clients will go through when they visit Barbados.”
    After participating in a comprehensive presentation in the Sandals ballroom along with other partners who addressed the group virtually from Germany, Riber told the media the resort felt it was essential to organise the trip.
    “The message to the industry is we need these initiatives. Our customers don’t know what to do anymore. There are so many changing messages on an hourly basis, (that) sensitising them to the new ways of travel, the hygiene requirements, the protocols, is absolutely essential – that they can be as safe as possible .”
    Owner of P and M Reisen Travel Agency in Cologne Nicole Kueck told the media Germans were ready to travel but were afraid to venture out to visit other countries because of the pandemic. (GC)

    Source: Nation

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  • It is simply amazing representatives of travel agents, tour operators, travel writers, airline industry personnel and other partners would believe that Barbados has “done a good job keeping the island safe” and would encouraged the island to “keep the protocols up, the concepts, everything you are doing because you are doing something right”.

    However, this appreciation of the good work of the GOB on COVID-19 also extends to some members of the BU family. On this matter we would urge the government to stick to the protocols and policies that are working and to ignore the one or two BU regulars urging Barbados to change it protocols.

    My opinion (if it matters) may diverge from the government on some issues, but on this matter I march lock in step with the GOB. I continue to wish the island success in the management of the COVID-19. Don’t take anything for granted, don’t become cocky and over-confident and above all else, don’t buy in to the trick. schemes and bad advice of others; stick with the winning team.

    Have a great day, Barbados.

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  • These Bajans good. The truth will out eventually, but they did an excellent job of neutralizing Tony Clemmey.

    Scoring may have to be adjusted when the final story is told
    Hotel 2 Tony Clemmey 1

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