UPDATE: COVID Management February 21, 2021

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Key points from the February 21, 2021 COVID management televised statement featuring Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic.

• 12 hours before end of lockdown period.

•  The period was useful. Barbadians were able to take a break.

•  Health care workers were able to carry out their duties.

•  In 48 hours seniors and vulnerable received vaccines in calm surroundings.

•  The national stop worked.

• People do not need to run to the supermarket and village stores every day for 2 items.

• It is no longer cool to lime.

• Concern that messages are being lost to those who stay at home with symptoms.

• The symptoms are similar to the cold: Fever, runny nose, cough and so on.

• Stop the topping up.

• There is and will be no food shortage in Barbados.

• We will end the mandatory stay-at-home order at 6 a.m. tomorrow.

• We still have a long way to go before we are on top of the COVID crisis.

• Working to reduce wait time for transportation of COVID-positive patients to designated isolation centres.

• More buses will be pressed into action to reduce wait time.

• People living in crowded homes will be accommodated in quarantine hotels while waiting for results.

• While waiting for results, don’t mix with others.

• Don’t rush vaccination centres.

• To date the focus has been on frontline workers, essential workers, the vulnerable and elderly.

• 40-000 plus vaccines to be administered from this shipment.

• Allow the most exposed and elderly to be vaccinated.

• On Monday, people with appointments, people who are vulnerable and the elderly will be given priority at vaccination centres.

• Stay-at-home order ends at 6 a.m. Monday.

• Curfew continues until the end of February.

• COVID numbers are still high.

• We all have to try to bring the positivity rate down. (KG)

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