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News Extra - Spike in Covid cases in Barbados

The Harris Files:  by David Harris 


Over 1800 people have tested positive Covid 19 in Barbados since the Crop Over Festival ended on August 1.

In June, the government announced several changes to the Covid 19l Protocols among them were that people attending mass events no longer had to be vaccinated or tested, and the wearing of masks outdoors was no longer compulsory.

The spike in the number of COVID 19 cases was predictable, during the festival, pictures appeared in the newspapers and on social media of people attending various fetes bunched together and not wearing masks

Even though health officials have not said if the BA.5 variant has become the predominant variant of COVID-19 on the island, last Thursday the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners ( BAMP) issued a press statement titled " Recommendations on Management of Omicron BA.5 COVID-19" in which it urged Barbadians to closely monitor their health.

Last week, the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

said new lineages of the Omicron COVID variant, like BA.4 and BA.5, are helping spark a wave of reinfections, as people who previously caught COVID-19 contracted the virus again.

Several epidemiologists have said BA.5 is the worst version of the virus that they have seen because of its increased transmissibility and ability to evade existing immunity this strain of the virus is responsible for driving a global surge in COVID cases, including in places that had held off the virus until the current wave, like the Chinese city of Macau.

The CDC is also tracking a new variant BA.4.6. which has been detected in 43 other countries.

“BAMP takes this opportunity to remind the public, in light of the recent surge of cases, to get tested for COVID-19 if you, your family, or close contacts are experiencing flu-like symptoms. These symptoms include sore throat, fever, chills, cough, headache, muscle and joint pains as well as gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea). It is important to do a PCR test and know your status as this will facilitate your immediate care should complications arise. This new variant is a mutation of coronavirus, and it allows the virus to evade the immunity that is created by prior infection or by vaccines. It may also latch itself on better or more efficiently to respiratory cells that cause infections", BAMP's statement said.

According to data published by the Ministry of Health over the weekend, under the National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19, the number of people with at least one dose is 162,991 (71.4 percent of the eligible population).

The number of fully vaccinated is 154 077 (67,560 males and 86 517 females), which represents 56.9 percent of the total population, or 67.5 percent of the eligible population. The eligible population represents those who are 12 years and older.

Over 500 people have died in Barbados from COVID-19, even though life has returned to some form of normality in the last two months the emergence of the omicron variant, keeps on shifting the pandemic’s goalposts.

David Harris is a freelance journalist based in Barbados.


Shadowless Biz: by Michael AW Callender

March 2, 2022


The Cruise Industry is projected to continue to grow throughout 2019 with an estimated 30 million travelers, with an increase by 6% from 28.2 million in 2018. In the coming year 18 new ships are on order from 'Caribbean Lines International Association' CLIA Cruise lines. A total of 272 CLIA-member Cruise ships are projected to be in operation by June 2019.

In addition, the industry is the fastest-growing category in the leisure travel market. The industry has experienced an average annual passenger growth rate of approximately 7% per annum, beginning In 1980. As for cruising, an increase of 62% was achieved between 2005 and 2015. Is the Caribbean benefiting?

In recent months, many Tourism Ministers and representatives of the Caribbean Islands are monitoring this market very closely, with some overlooking it in detail, through indept discussion, data and analyst . Many I suppose is wondering why, but as for me, I am fully aware of the

reason. It is because the benefits to cruise Tourism lies in the pockets of the Industry owners and operators and not the Governments or business Entrepreneurs at the destinations.

One might wonder how is the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association/FCCA really representing the various Governments, knowing of the one sided Industry.

When would this be fully reconized by Government Officials.


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Michael A W Callender is the Marketing & Media Consultant /Tourism & Culture - SMAC Productions, NY USA

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