COVID in Antigua: ‘It is going to get worse’

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Head of the lab at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre, Dr. Lester Simon, has painted a grim picture of the COVID situation in the country.

He says if vaccination rates remain as they are, the situation will not improve.

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  1. When the Prime Minster brought the grim message, we shut the messenger instead of listening to the message. Because we didn’t like messenger, we asked that the politician take a backseat and let the professionals do the talking. Well, the PM has more than listened and the professionals are bringing us the same message. Are we now going to listen, or are we going to look for some more lame excuses as to why not to get vaccinated? Well, if you think time is on your side, go ahead. Wait! For your sake I hope Covid doesn’t visit you before it’s too late for you. As far as I see it, you’re not only putting your life at risk, but that of the entire country. And that is where I believe your right stops. If it is about you and your life alone? Well, no one would care. But when your action puts my life in danger, I think I have the right to request that you either vaccinate or isolate yourself from the society you want to be part of. In the old days people with infectious diseases could not live among heathy people. They had to live in colonies. One can remember Lepra colonies. Perhaps we should start thinking about Covid colonies. And or Un-vaccinated colonies. And ban them to come and live among us the vaccinated people. I’m just tired of having to bear the consequences of another person’s stupidity. To the point where it can cost me my life. Just remember no one’s right is absolute. And in a democracy the aye’s have it.

    • That is the problem. When we heard from the politicians, we didn’t believe them and asked for the medical fraternity to speak. When the medical fraternity spoke, we called them mouth pieces for the politicians.

      Just can’t win. Meanwhile the innocent will continue to suffer for the guilty at the expense of all and instead of owning up to our negligence, we will just point the finger at the politicians, and the doctors and the tourists, and whoever else…..SAD just sad!

  2. WOW. WOW.UPP ,CHARLESWORTH TABOR and CHAKU WAKU this what happens when you Guys supported the FREE DUMP DUMP FIGHTERS picket. How you Guys sleep at nights !!!

    • GRAM why do you guys continue to promulgate all your ridiculous and unfounded nonsense. How did the FREEDOM FIGHTERS picket contribute to the large increase in covid cases? Max Hurst put forward the same fallacy this morning on Darren Ward’s show without any evidence whatsoever. Did the FREEDOM FIGHTERS cause the recent outbreak at the Royalton Hotel? Will the FREEDOM FIGHTERS be responsible for any increase coming from the repast on the evening of the 26 August, 2021 at the Sir Viv Stadium where it was all eating and drinking and feting following Sir Lester’s funeral. You guys need to stop politicking with so serious an issue. Perhaps as Dr. Simon has indicated many of the increased cases could be imported. With the laxity that prevails at our borders the increasing cases should not be surprising. Now, the Barbuda Council is trying to safeguard its small population from covid, while on the other hand Gaston Browne is telling PLH bring in as many workers you like at any time you want. When and if we see an increase in covid cases in Barbuda, it will be as a result of the UPP and the FREEDOM FIGHTERS.

  3. ANTIGUANA and BARBUDANS stopped listening to UPP and Their BLUE KOOLAID DRINKERS. They are bunch of HYPOCRITES. UPP responsible for this SUPER SPREAD.

  4. Now here is a fact. If someone has received the COVID19 vaccine they should have no fear of persons who choose not to be. That is a personal choice. Please remember that vaccinated persons who do not continue to follow the necessary protocols are actually at a higher rate of spreading COVID19 than unvaccinated who do. Wear your mask
    Eat healthy and exercise
    Do what you need to to stay healthy
    Physical distance while remaining social

  5. I cant wait for people to start dying like dogs…i swear antiguans so DUMB ITS GONNA BE THEIR DOWNFALL….EVENTUALLY

    ANTIGUA CANNOT WITHSTAND A COVID SURGE BUT AS A PRIOR BLOGGERS SAID….BARNES & STRAFFIES NA BOOK TIGHT….SO THE IGNORANT WARPED THINKING CONTINUES….

    THE DEATHRATE AINT HIGH ….RESPIRATORS ISNT IN DEMAND

    YOU HAVE 2 good shots available PHIZER & JOHNSON yet still you all wont budge…it wont stop it IT JUS MAKES THE SYMPTOMS LEAST SEVERE…but no we willstill be ignorant.

    IGNORANCE IGNORANT ANTIGUANS IS A BLISS…

  6. DONETTE SIMON.and SHINNEL WILLIAMS should be JAILED for organizing an ILLEGAL PROTEST / PICKET. This is what happens when We have DUMP.People organizing PROTEST.

    • Pete you are sooooo idiot, let’s say in a simple way this:

      Becareful what you desire today to others,one day,you will gonna desire to have this little chance to protest,people as you not see it what’s is falling down into your daily basis live activities. Maybe you are one of those who not working hard for your own and just like the begin-begin to this well known MALVERSATORS OF THE STATE. You have not choices,just continuing listen your favorite TV OR RADIO STATION dedicated for retarders as you.

  7. This is RIDICULOUS . I pray for my Family daily. Please ANTIGUANS and BARBUDANS get VACCINATED. VERY IMPORTANT.

  8. All yall sound dimb as f.It is all these tourist they bringing in is coming with the virus.Bunch of idiots.Both unvaccinated or vaccinated you still ketching the covid.Those vaccinated are more at risk than those that are unvaccinated.Check Israel.80 percent that were vaccinated are hospitalized.Wake up people.Is Hotels this virus is.For those who work hotels are at risk.Its these tourists.Those who work hospital and clinics are at risk.

  9. No way Dr. Simon is not credible. Better to listen to the freeDUMB Fighters and incite rebellion, illegal protests and conspiracy theories about people turning into zombies. Dr. Simon nah know wah hear tark bout. Trust the rar-rar-ray-ray vagabun Dornette

    • You hit the nail on right on the head. Why listen to Dr. Simon or Dr Joseph who are liars and on the government payroll when we have the “Freedom Fighters” and their enabliers ( to include the resident troll/lawyer) to listen to. Who have all the facts and solutions

  10. The people who are not vaccinated are putting the country at risk of economic collapse..I am not saying the Freedom Fighters are responsible for the recent spike in covid cases but they are surely not part of the solution

  11. Be very careful what you wish for. Death comes to all and no one knows the hour. You may very well be one to fill the morgue.

    • No one is here to turn into stone we all shall leave this life one day yes that is fact….On another note is is very clear to me that u never read or understood my above comment…Which part did I say im wishing death on anyone??? Ppl like you are a very big part of the problem in this country…smh

  12. The death angel is beginning to move throughout the land. Darkness is covering the island. The ancestors are not happy. The spirits are being stirred, and it’s not a pretty picture.

  13. THIS IS FOR YOU MR CHARLES TABOR. YOU ARE QUESTIONING A MEDICAL DOCTOR WHO HAVE SEEN THE SCIENTIFIC DATA AND YOU ARE SAYING AND I QUOTE ” Predictions without any basis is just speculation and guess work.
    SO TELL US WHAT IS YOUR PREDICTION MR TABOR ON THE COVID TREND IN ANTIGUA.
    I AM OF THE VIEW THAT YOU MR CHARLES TABOR WANT TO SEE THIS COVID CRISIS IN ANTIGUA GET TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL.

    YOU ARE AN ATTORNEY BY PROFESSION, YOU HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF OR PRACTICE IN MEDICINE AND YOU ARE GIVING THE PUBLIC THE FALSE IMPRESSION THAT THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL IS SPECULATING.

    MR TABOR, METEOROLOGISTS GIVE PREDICTIONS TOO, ARE THEY WRONG?

    AFTER YOU MR TABOR ENCOURAGED YOUR ANTI-VAXXERS TO MARCH BECAUSE YOU THINK IT LOOKS GOOD FOR YOU POLITICALLY, BUT IT DON’T, IT JUST SHOWS THAT MR CHARLES TABOR IS AN UPHOLDER AND A SUPPORTER OF SUPER SPREADERS .

    MY QUESTION TO YOU MR TABOR ,
    IF THIS WAS AIDS , THE PLAGUE OR SMALLPOX OR EVEN EBOLA THAT PEOPLE HAD TO VACCINATE FOR WHAT WOULD YOUR LEGAL NON MEDICAL ADVICE BE MR TABOR?

    I GET IT MR TABOR , I REALLY DO GET IT, THAT YOU REALLY WANT TO SEE THIS COVID 19 SITUATION GET OUT OF CONTROL IN ANTIGUA TO MAKE THE GOVERNMENT LOOK BAD, BUT MR TABOR YOU ARE PLAYING WITH PEOPLE’S LIVES HERE FOR POLITICAL GAINS AND THIS IS NOT FUNNY ANYMORE.

    MR TABOR LET ME ASK YOU A QUESTION
    IF ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN , OR YOUR MOTHER IF SHE’S ALIVE IS SHOWING SIGNS THAT THEY MAY HAVE CANCER AND A SNAKEOIL SALESMAN OR EVEN A PASTOR WOULD TELL YOUR FAMILY MEMBER THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO GO TO THE DOCTOR AND THAT PERSON ACTUALLY DIES FROM CANCER IN YOUR LEGAL OPINION DO YOU THINK THAT
    SNAKEOIL SALESMAN OR THAT PASTOR BEAR SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT PERSONS DEATH AND THE BAD ADVICE THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN.

    THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING MR TABOR. SO STOP IT.

    ENCLOSING
    EVERY PERSON IN THIS WORLD HAVE A LOVED ONE OR FAMILY MEMBER THAT HAS A MEDICAL UNDER LINING CONDITION INCLUDING YOUR FAMILY MR TABOR.

    AND MY QUESTION TO YOU MR TABOR

    HOW MANY OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS THAT HAVE UNDER LINING CONDITIONS HAVE YOU TOLD NOT TO TAKE THE VACCINE OR THEY DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE THE VACCINE.

    THE MORAL OF THIS STORY IS ::
    DO NOT DO TO OTHER PEOPLES FAMILY WHAT YOU DO NOT WANT TO HAPPEN TO YOUR FAMILY.
    SO CUT THE CRAP OUT MR TABOR.

    • Using anti vaxers or ppl who are afraid of the vaccine as a political weapon for the election and if/when UPP gets in office they will have to also take measures against covid may be even harsher ones by that time…

  14. So long as world dictator traitor tyrant liar HT bully Gaston Browne and his cesspool gang continue to keep our borders open, we will continue to get all variants of COVID. The idiot Gaston thinks vaccinated people can’t spread it. MSJH will soon start sending people away, no vacancy.

    We never had the Delta variant here until a vaccinated person brought it to our shores. All thanks to world dictator traitor tyrant liar HT bully Gaston Browne and his cesspool gang.

    That piece of sheet Gaston must go. Maybe we will get lucky and COVID take care of his rass.

    • Me hope fu rass get delta varient along wid gasmask browne so awre can gid ride of da two of ayru

  15. ANTIGUAN TILL ME DEAD I see that you have completely misunderstood my comment. When I referred to “speculation and guess work” in the spreading of covid I was referring to GRAM and MAX HURST and not Dr. LESTER SIMON. In fact, I was agreeing with Dr. Simon that the increasing cases of covid could be imported (whether tourists or returning nationals). Also, please note that my comment had nothing to do with the taking of the vaccine. My only focus was to refute the false narrative of Max Hurst and the government that the picket of the FREEDOM FIGHTERS was a covid super spreader. All I am requesting is the evidence for that claim and not baseless politicking. I hope you now understand my point and not interpret it through tainted political lens and bias.

    • Tabor, in case you missed it the Acting Chief Medical Officer gave the same answer as Max when she was asked about the eleven police officers being infected with Covid. It most likely happened at the picket of that day. These are opinions of the medical professionals based on the data that they have. But you see, anytime a politician or for that matter a labour party politician says something, it is a lie. And I’m sure Max was only relating a message he got from the medical professionals that came to Cabinet and reported their findings. And by you making this claim you are putting people’s life in danger. Because many that follow you will say it’s OK to go and protest and don’t protect yourself. It has been proven many times before that Covid spread when crowds of people are together unprotected. And that picket had many unprotected people. That is a fact. I hope you also heard the dumb argument these people made on Darren’s show yesterday morning. As far as they are concern, we need to live with Covid the same way we live with Aids and Cancer. it shows you their level of intellect is very low. And there is an African proverb “If you and a fool have an argument, he succeeds”.

      • FROM THE SIDELINE I was a student of the social sciences and when one makes a statement such as the Acting CMO and Max Hurst I need to see the basis for the statement. By the way, why did all the police officers who allegedly caught covid at the picket of 8 August, 2021 go to the picket unprotected? I repeat, no evidence has been provided by the CMO or any one else to show the causal link between the police officers covid and the picket.

  16. Mr. Charles Tabor we agree on one thing that something has to be done and done NOW.
    COVID is now going after our Children and Grand Children, and as I have said THIS IS NOT FUNNY ANYMORE.
    You Mr. Tabor can go after MAX HURST another day but for now let us think of how many Young lives we are going to lost because of COVID.
    24 children are currently infected with COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda.
    THAT Is my point Mr. Tabor, these are Our Children , people Children and their Family lives will never be the same again, SO LEAVE MAX HURST FOR ANOTHE DAY MR. TABOR AND TRY TO GET PEOPLE TO TAKE THE VACCINE, BECAUSE IF THE UPP WINS THE NEXT ELECTION YOU WILL HAVE TO DO THE SAME THING.
    PLEASE let the doctors do their work we don’t need to be ripping them apart.

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