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UPDATES: COVID Management June 19, 2021

UPDATES: COVID Management June 19, 2021
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley. (GP)

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Key points and live updates from the COVID-19 media conference featuring Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic.

Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic

  • March 19-April 18, 2021
  • 13 439 tests
  • 272 positive cases
  • April 19-May 18
  • 15 001 tests
  • 191 positive
  • May 19-June 18
  • 15 522 tests
  • 66 positive cases
  • Over that period, the Best-dos Santos lab conducted 43 962 tests
  • 529 positive cases
  • Last double digit cases on May 5, 14 cases
  • About six weeks with single digit cases
  • A good sign for the country.

Vaccination Update:

  • On March 19, Government administered 60 206 first doses of Astra-Zeneca Vaccine
  • By June 18, 91 569 received the first dose and 65395 are fully vaccinated
  • This will pave the way for some of the things to follow.

COVID Variants

  • Three people tested positive for the Delta Variant. These include a father, 8-year-old son who arrived on April 21.
  • The third person was a member of a group who arrived on May 14.
  • There was one positive case of the Gamma variant; the person arrived on May 17.
  • All four were placed in immediate quarantine and then isolation at Harrison Point, after the results were received from CARPHA.
  • There are no cases of any of these variants in the local community.
  • 12 samples were sent to a lab in Canada.
  • 88 more are to be sent.
  • The United Kingdom is willing to provide assistance with testing and sequencing.
  • PAHO provided primers for testing of variants.
  • The positivity rate is 0.2% and we are at 4/100 000 new cases.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley

  • The curfew in Barbados ends on June 30 2021.
  • Government will be setting up a bubble with countries deemed safe by the Ministry of Health.
  • Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Anguilla, Montserrat, British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands, Cayman Islands and Bermuda
  • After bilateral talks, hope to add St Vincent and St Lucia
  • Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba and St Martin may also be added
  • Government offering assistance to the entertainment sector.
  • $10 000 for bandleaders with bands in both Junior and Grand Kadooment
  • $7 500 for bandleaders with one band.
  • Calypso tents can resume with live streaming on TV8
  • Government will underwrite the costs
  • $5 000 for promoters
  • Negotiations are continuing with sporting organisations, but July 16 is tipped as the date for sporting activity to resume with spectators.
  • Government will put a cap on VAT collected if oil prices continue to go up.