PM announces two more cases of COVID-19

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that active cases of COVID-19 have climbed to 27 in Antigua and Barbuda with two new cases confirmed today.

The two cases confirmed today are in addition to the three new cases revealed by the Health Ministry’s dashboard as at Thursday, Jan. 14 at 6 pm.

Prime Minister Browne has again urged everyone to be vigilant amid a “COVID creep.”

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  1. Where is the CMO in this matter? Why is Gaston Browne micro-managing every Ministry?Except the one he is fully responsible for,Finance.

  2. Increasing the numbers set more restrictions i am convince daily the wicked people in high places have an agenda. They instill fear in the people to control.
    Lock down the country but no measures put in place for the less fortunate since they are set for life financially

    • True wake up! This country puts nothing in place for private businesses who shut down and owe people severance. The people in the country have day to day problems financially and Gaston and his crooks get richer.

      Antiguans are too passive. They just chups for everything And don’t stand up for their rights so the government will continue to rake them over the coals.

      Another lockdown with no money for the poor should be a revolution!

      Everybody in Antigua is posting about what’s going on in America, meanwhile Americans are getting their pay off packages when opting to be laid off, they are getting stimulus, they are getting more money in unemployment, free testing for COVID if they want it, not just to travel, they are getting a new president and more money so Antiguans need to mind their business and take their own country back.

      Even the people who storm the Capitol the other day are out on bail. So go ahead post about America. Antigua will go into lockdown and more fines for breaking curfew for the poor man..
      If America has another lockdown, they will work from home, get more money and more unemployment.

      Covid cases are rising all over the world. Antiguan government don’t give a crap about their citizens.

      They are poor at managing the country. Good help Antigua.

      All the hotels now offering free covid testing but an ordinary man in Antigua can’t get a covid test..

      Unless they are traveling and even then it’s 300$ even if people are paying social security.

      • As well as probably everyone else in Antiguan government.

        They are there simply to enrich themselves by selling off citizenship and the prime real estate of the country to foreigners.

        While local people live in relative squalor without running water or indoor bathrooms.

        It’s all just become so much more obvious during the pandemic when the government refused to protect its citizens.

        Letting in thousands of potentially disease carrying people and claiming that there is no other way.

        If Antigua is not self-sufficient enough to withstand a global pandemic for a year or so without letting needing to expose its citizens to diseased tourists, then Antigua is not a real country.

        People should ask themselves why a tiny country with a small population that has several large business (resorts, 2 American medical schools) does not have enough money in the till to withstand an emergency for a year or so.

        The answer is because your crooked politicians are robbing the country blind.

        • Expose itself to diseased tourists? If we are so desperate why require they provide a negative covid test result before coming here? Why the temperature checks? Why mandate that they follow the protocol? Guy no nation can afford to be closed for a year. They know better than you that trying such would be worse than covid for many of their residents. The US pushed to open with covid and has done so, so also the UK ([lans o reopen again shortly), so also Germany. The US with more resources than us, its President (current and recently elected) have made clear they have no plans for a lock down, even though the saw as high as 300K new cases in a day

  3. i feel very thanks that no spanish people are coming in this country he cant say is the spanish community is infecting antigua he say 27 but what about the rest of the hotels

  4. Call a day, week or month of prayer Mr. P.M.
    If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sins and heal their land. Let us pray for our nation.

  5. Lockdowns cause 10 times more harm than good, says peer-reviewed study
    Professor finds shocking ‘collateral damage’ affecting hundreds of millions
    By Art Moore – January 17, 2021

    A Canadian infectious-disease specialist who initially supported the lockdowns in response to the coronavirus has changed his mind, concluding in his peer-reviewed study that the harm is 10 times worse than the benefits.

    In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Dr. Ari Joffe explained that he supported the lockdowns after “initial false data” suggested the infection fatality rate was up to 2% or 3% and that more than 80% of the population would be infected.

    “But emerging data showed that the median infection fatality rate is 0.23%, that the median infection fatality rate in people under 70 years old is 0.05%, and that the high-risk group is older people especially those with severe co-morbidities,” he said in the interview, published Jan. 9.

    Joffe’s paper is titled “COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink.” He’s a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, and a clinical professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Alberta.

    Explaining further to the Toronto paper why he initially supported the lockdowns, Joffe noted he’s not trained to make public policy decisions.

    “I was only considering the direct effects of COVID-19 and my knowledge of how to prevent these direct effects,” he said. “I was not considering the immense effects of the response to COVID-19 (that is, lockdowns) on public health and wellbeing.”

    He listed the “staggering” amount of “collateral damage” due to the lockdowns.

    Food insecurity [82-132 million more people]
    Severe poverty [70 million more people]
    Maternal and under age-5 mortality from interrupted healthcare [1.7 million more people]
    Infectious diseases deaths from interrupted services [millions of people with tuberculosis, malaria and HIV]
    School closures for children [affecting children’s future earning potential and lifespan]
    Interrupted vaccination campaigns for millions of children, and “intimate partner violence” for millions of women.
    “In high-income countries, adverse effects also occur from delayed and interrupted healthcare, unemployment, loneliness, deteriorating mental health, increased opioid crisis deaths, and more,” he told the Toronto newspaper.

    False dichotomy

    He pointed out that government and public health experts did not conduct a formal cost-benefit analysis of various responses to the pandemic.

    A full cost-benefit analysis was the aim of his study, and early in his research he realized that “framing decisions as between saving lives versus saving the economy is a false dichotomy.”

    “There is a strong long-run relationship between economic recession and public health,” he explained. “This makes sense, as government spending on things like health care, education, roads, sanitation, housing, nutrition, vaccines, safety, social security nets, clean energy and other services determines the population well-being and life-expectancy.”

    He said he also had underestimated the effects of loneliness and unemployment on public health.

    “It turns out that loneliness and unemployment are known to be among the strongest risk factors for early mortality, reduced lifespan and chronic diseases,” he told the Toronto paper.

    He also took into consideration that “in making policy decisions there are trade-offs to consider, costs and benefits, and we have to choose between options that each have tragic outcomes in order to advocate for the least people to die as possible.”

    “It turned out that the costs of lockdowns are at least 10 times higher than the benefits. That is, lockdowns cause far more harm to population wellbeing than COVID-19 can,” he told the Sun.

    In contrast to Joffe, a top coronavirus adviser for Joe Biden was against lockdowns before he was for them. Michael T. Osterholm, a professor and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, formerly advocated the “focused protection” strategy now promoted by epidemiologists at Stanford and Oxford advising Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: With a 99% survival rate for most, according to the Centers for Disease Control, let the healthy go about their business while protecting the vulnerable, the people over 70 with multiple life-threatening diseases.

    Osterholm warned in a March 21 op-ed for the Washington Post of the high economic and social costs of “the near-draconian lockdowns” in effect at the time in China and Italy, which ultimately don’t reduce the number of cases. In November, however, he advocated a national lockdown of four to six weeks.

    The CDC estimates a 99.997% survival rate for those from birth to age 19 who contract COVID-19. It’s 99.98% for ages 20-49, 99.5% for 50-69 and 94.6% for those over 70. Significantly, those who died of coronavirus, according to the CDC, had an average of 2.6 comorbidities, meaning more than two chronic diseases along with COVID-19. Overall, the CDC says, just 6% of the people counted as COVID-19 deaths died of COVID-19 alone.

    [https://www.wnd.com/2021/01/lockdowns-cause-10-times-harm-good-says-peer-reviewed-study/]

  6. Why have Covax given vaccinations to Barbados and they are being used and we are told we will get ours March/ April something wrong somewhere, we were promised 20,000 from Covax would someone from on high give us an answer please. The only way to stop this disease is to vaccinate please can we have our jabs in Feb

    • BDS has not gotten any vaccine from Covax. What their PM said was a source she did not name provided enough for 5 persons to be vaccinated, she of course backed up her big truck

    • Maybe it is a blessing in disguise that Antiguans have not received any vaccines. It is probably better to wait and see how these vaccinations Pam out in other countries. Maybe asking people coming into the country for a vaccination certificate would be helpful if this were possible. Covid19 did not originate in Antigua and will only end when people stop bringing it into the country.

  7. Lock down again cause it a get worst n ppl still have children attending schools n we ain’t even kn where this virus is acting from and all who may have it .. Gaston get it rite nuh..

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