COVID-19 test results close to daily goal

| 12/05/2020 | 97 Comments
HSA’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing

(CNS): A COVID-19 testing target of 400-450 results daily, which was outlined by Medical Officer of Health Dr Samuel William-Rodriguez at Monday’s press briefing, fell short on Tuesday, when results for 397 tests were reported. But the good news was that there was only one positive sample among them, which was connected to a previous positive case. The number of people who have officially recovered from the virus increased to 50.

In a short press release about Tuesday’s results, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee said the person who had tested positive was already in isolation. With no COVID-19 press briefing today, the results were released through GIS and no other information was supplied.

There have now been 85 positive cases in the Cayman Islands so far and 4,564 people have been tested. While that is a significant number per capita when compared to the global average testing rates, the local government’s goal is elimination. This means that thousands more tests need to be conducted to give a realistic picture of the prevalence of the virus in Cayman among non-symptomatic people before all the curfews end.

After Dr William-Rodriguez said at the briefing on Monday that the HSA was hoping to test at least 450 people per day, Premier Alden McLaughlin said he wanted the number to be much higher but recognised that there continued to be capacity issues with testing.

Following around 6,000 people were allowed back into work last week, McLaughlin said that we should begin to see if that has had any impact on the spread of the virus, such as people presenting to the hospital with symptoms. But if testing is increased, the positive results remain low and there is no surge in sick people, it is hoped that the next phase of easing restrictions will go ahead next Monday,

That is expected to include a percentage of construction workers as well as the reopening of businesses such as hardware stores. There may also be adjustments to the Sunday curfew and even some beach access.

McLaughlin warned that what appeared to be a low number of positive cases here was not a reason to simply lift all the restrictions in one go because the coronavirus is present in our community and not enough people have been tested to make a real assessment. He warned that while things looked good, there were real dangers in lifting restrictions before we know whether or not we have clusters of the virus.

Re-emphasising the need for testing, McLaughlin said the results will inform the phased re-opening plan. He said the lack of test results was part of the challenge government faced as it was still largely guessing at the prevalence of the virus.

He said there were things that allowed the authorities to draw certain conclusions, not least that there are no COVID-19 patients in the hospitals and very few people presenting with potential symptoms. But given the percentage of asymptomatic people with COVID-19, which appears to be high, he said that “we still have to be very careful”.

He said that over the course of this week the tests will continue and if the trend of few positives continues, some more restrictions will be lifted.

But McLaughlin justified the lockdown measures that government has take so far. “We are more than satisfied that not only are the measures we have taken proportionate, they have been incredibly successful,” he said, despite threats from some lawyers wanting to sue him.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Please if front line workers are still not willing to be tested, can helpers volunteer ? Helpers are eager to get back to work and families are just as eager to get them working again.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Does the virus make you thirsty? Just curious as my cats are obsessed with their water supply, and we know cats can contract the virus. They are drinking twice as much water as normal. Not a joke, and I know it is anecdotal, but maybe it gives more information.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The WHO now says the virus may never go away. Duh. Now let’s sort ourselves out so the vulnerable are protected and the economy is working.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just a thought, can we consider scheduling customers for retail? At least that way small retailers have a chance of paying their staff and leases. Many landlords are not budging on the lease payments. I think they want us to default after we have spent thousands of dollars on improvements to their premises. We know who is waiting in the wings to take over those leases. Give Caymanians a fighting chance. Please!

  5. Anonymous says:

    And now we will find positives rising. So people calm down and don’t freak out, just realize it’s bound to happen. Unfortunately we’re just going to have to deal with it because it’s a way of life now.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Keep it tight brother Al….please let us go fishing though…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Can you all ask how many tests have been conducted in Cayman Brac?

    • Anonymous says:

      Here is a positive CNBC article on Cayman: Grand Cayman is top of the list for visits by wealthy travellers. Know why? We are being judged as safe. Economy and health go hand in hand.

      https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cnbc.com/amp/2020/05/13/the-top-10-places-well-heeled-travelers-are-booking-for-the-holidays.html

      • Anonymous says:

        As I have said on this site before, this pandemic is a chance for Grand Cayman to change the tourism paradigm. We have never had the land mass or natural or human resources to compete with places like Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico and DR for mass tourism. We should go all in on high-end tourism and fold on the mass tourism. By “high-end” I don’t just mean the super rich, but the upper middle class and above professionals – the doctors, lawyers, accountants, bankers, stockbrokers etc. who were Cayman’s bread and butter in the 80s and 90s. Mass cruise ship tourism – particularly the “human pollution” kind that Carnival brings in – ruins the tourism experience for everyone and lowers the quality of life for residents and all for little bang for the buck. Yes, cruisers contribute to the economy, but not nearly as much as stayover tourists do (no matter what kind of fake stats the CIG trots out when trying to sell the cruise dock) and the stayover people have a lot less impact on the environment. Seriously – do we want to welcome in the type of cruise ship passenger who, after all that’s happened with cruise ships through this pandemic, would gleefully jump aboard one later this year? Or would we rather entice affluent people who are less likely to be carrying disease with them?

    • Anonymous says:

      Guess what? Alden used “normality” rather than “normalcy” at today’s press conference. Score one for CNS.

  8. Anonymous says:

    You vill be beaten into zubmishun. Ve will shayk ze last pfennig from your miserable hands.
    You vill bow to us as ve conka da vorld.

    • Anonymous says:

      @12.52pm Disgusting! Have some respect for those who have loved ones deceased both thru this virus and the WWII virus! You need to be locked up in solitary and the key thrown away!

  9. Anonymous says:

    80,000 people have died from this just in the USA in last 2 months.

    Much of this has happened despite extreme public health measures in place, and having observed and studied the outbreaks unfolding elsewhere.

    This is not the flu.

    • Anonymous says:

      No, because no one had immunity. It was ‘novel’. As more and more people gain immunity it becomes more manageable.

    • Anonymous says:

      Most of them were old and or sick already with underlying issues…it’s not the flu, but neither is it the terminator

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually this virus is so successful because it is not that deadly. The problem is no one was immune to it because it was new. So cough, cough, it can jump quickly from host to host to host with no barriers of those pesky white blood cells. No host at least initially, had any immune response. So jump it did, exponentially.
      So now we find ourselves at a policy cross road.

  10. Anonymous says:

    it’s not just our government, its world leaders pretty much everywhere are learning on the job – and that’s never a good thing in any industry or situation, and it sure isn’t the preferred option in a global pandemic.
    When this all started, 99.999% of the world were terrified (Trump wasn’t, and probably not Chuck norris) and since then we’ve continually been told this thing spreads faster than a smoke at a domino’s game, that if we go outside we’ll collapse 2 weeks later if we don’t wear a mask, and that its possible suicide if we don’t bleach our foods before we eat them (or something…at this stage, who f*cken knows anymore). Basically, we’ve all become shivering wrecks behind our sofa’s wishing we could snorkel one more time before Covid makes us sh*t ourselves

    but here’s the situation – globally – yes, GLOBALLY – the vast majority of all deaths are above the age of 70. On top of that, the vast majority of people dying with Covid19 in their system were already sick – diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, kindey issues, take your pick.

    its incredible insight isn’t it? Who’d have thought it? If you’re sick and old, you may not deal too well with a virus…truly mind boggling stuff, if you’ve never paid attention to how the human body works

    …actually, at current rates, it looks like the FLU will kill more this year of the old and sick than Covid19. (and not even half of us bother getting the flu shot)

    Same with the very young – if you are 10 years of age, and unfortunately have cancer, your immune system will not deal well with Covid 19….incredible insight, right?

    the point isn’t to just let covid19 run amok and if your old or sick, tough luck. The point is that we’re dealing with it completely wrong and we now have enough information to be able to protect the vulnerable….its not really hard to work out, but i’ll try to help anyone in power – try this policy:

    tell the nation that if you’re sick, or unfit (badly), or above retirement age, here’s the situation, there’s a really bad virus going around that can attack anyone but it REALLY loves you, so we’re going to ask you to stay home for a while, could be a year or 2….we’re going to help, we’ll probably all pay for your food, and we’re doing our best to find a vaccine and/or therapeutic medicines…we’re very sorry, we didn’t start this (at least, we think we didn’t but who knows, the whole bat story has some holes in it), please ask your Doctor for a full medical, find out how vulnerable you are, and work from there, because this virus isn’t fun, and especially not for you

    in the meantime, everyone else – we’re going to stop slowly (by way of economic total disaster) killing the 99% of people who will not die from this thing…please note, we do need you to wear masks and to stay a safe distance away from most people, not everyhting will be normal….but it will just be like pretending your George Clooney in ER or something for a while…..so off you go, don’t be too afraid…wash your hands more than usual you dirty buggers…and remember to help the vulnerable…just like you used to help them before Covid19 with charity and stuff….actually, almost exactly the same only they wont be coming out to party that much and we may let them get their own hour in the supermarkets.

    seriously world, what the heck are we doing to ourselves?

    • Anonymous says:

      Excellent post. One correction to your last paragraph though. You refer to the “99% of the people who won’t die” from COVID-19. I think you meant 99.99%.

    • gj says:

      I am not sure it’s as simple as that. There is also a school / home factor re. possibility of infection spread from infirm to infant. Health professionals and researchers are still learning.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hey all, at this particular time there’s no need for a completed, defined plan as yet. However, I would imagine and expect that our Government is already assessing the way forward. There will be no tourists coming back right away even if we were to open up fully in September. Remember that the locations where our tourists come from will still be fighting the virus – not many will want to expose themselves and their families in the travel process to get here.

    Some Eastern Caribbean countries who also depend on tourism are considering a “covid 19 passport” style approach where arrivals will be tested at the airports of their departure shortly before boarding their respective aircraft inbound to the islands and get a “certificate” showing they’re negative. Some have already criticized this proposed measure as being unworkable, as described, for logistical purposes and lack of available broad testing. I can see that, especially at US airports.

    Please give our Government time to evaluate or create measures which will allow us to let tourists back in. It will require “out-of-the-box” thinking and processes.

    Meanwhile, I doubt there will be many people rushing from North America (our main market) to vacations in the Caribbean. Also, many people will have lost their jobs and their stock investments. Not many will have the funds for vacations this tourist season.

    Our tourist businesses will have to depend on our own staycation business, and that is possible if we eradicate the virus within our own shores. That requires the testing and social distancing which are in place to continue to success.

    It won’t supplement the level of spending by the visiting tourists and many of our own will not have extra funds for staycations anyway, but it will likely be the only business our tourism product will see for the upcoming season. So don’t expect any “tourism boom”.

    So all, just be patient and let the plans happen!!

    BTW, I’m a tourism service-provider who depends on those dollars and I’ve resigned myself to the situation above. The reality.

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly!! If they hadn’t t done what they did I am sure it would have been much worse for us physically as well as financially. There is no cure out there yet so mitigating is normal and very necessary. Instead of complaining morning noon and night we need to give thanks that we are still alive and the virus is still under control. As an aside, is this miserable pseudo human rights lawyer always moaning about suing the government, other people. If he really cares about human rights he would be extending that right to the right to live comfortable and doing everything possible to prevent the virus from killing us all off. I would imagine working in that huge top drawer company would give him enough to do but obviously not. He moved to someone else’s place of abode and has caused more than enough unpleasantness. Obviously this Little Rock is not where is wants to be! last time I checked no one was holding him hostage here.

      • Anonymous says:

        God forbid that anyone should ask a government to demonstrate that they are following the constitution that is there to protect the public from run away politicians. You seem to be personally upset that he dares to even ask the question. Do you have the same issue with those that challenged the government on the cruise ship piers, on gay marriage or on beach access, or is your hatred reserved for those moving to your “place of abode”? We live in a free society not a dictatorship, and it stays a free society when people have the right to question the actions of those in power without threats, whether of deportation or otherwise. Hell, why didn’t you just use the Minister of Health’s “You must be brave or stupid to ask that question” line. Thought the Compass did a pretty good job of making the point that the right to life has to be balanced against the right to liberty – shame you didn’t use the same reasoned tone and just descend to a personal attack.

    • Chris Johnson says:

      A concern I have about all this is the local economy. It is imperative that all those who are able to do so is to pay bills promptly. Now many people still have accounts with suppliers but of course many bills are sent by mail. Local firms on lockdown cannot have access to their offices where they keep their post box keys. Thus we have a chicken and egg situation.The government must allow all of us to retrieve our keys.

      Thus businesses must send out statements by email if they are not doing so and as I said we must try as best we can to pay them promptly. This should not be a problem for those still open for business such as firms in the financial centre. This has a trickle down effect as it helps out the local businesses such as tradesmen who in turn can pay their employees promptly and meet their own debts such as those to banks.

      Just a thought.

  12. Anonymous says:

    tell me with cases increasing in the us how is cayman gonna allow ships and planes in. this isnt going away anytime soon. so whats the plan

    • Anonymous says:

      There is no plan.

      • Anonymous says:

        There cannot be a plan until U.S. cases numbers start to drop. We need to be realistic. 2% increase in cases in Floriduh yesterday, but signs of slow improvement in NYC.

      • Anonymous says:

        There’s a plan to make a plan, but it’s in the planning stages. It’s like that way pretty much throughout the world.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nobody in the Cayman Islands can control the political maladministration we are witnessing elsewhere. Accepting that, the plan is:

      While the rest of the world learns the hard way, we will remain closed, free of active virus cases, and death count. As our active cases drop and new R0 stays at 1 or less, we slowly loosen restriction levels by 2 week review increments, finally to new normal level 1 in July. Other islands have already gone down this path.

      Months later, after millions of people have died needlessly across the seas, there will emerge: (a) an approved quick and reliable antigen testing method for those with proven IgG immunity (already some approved methods) (b) herd immunity over there which reduces new caseload, and hail mary (c) a viable approved vaccine.

      As has been relayed many times, we aren’t going to be open for normal business or travel in 2020. if you want to leave, get your name on the governor’s repatriation list.

      • Anon says:

        9.57am It won’t be “millions of people overseas”, scaremongering does not help.

        • Anonymous says:

          They should have said tens of millions. There has been a global lockdown effort which has kept confirmed case exposures down to a few million people so far. Herd immunity requires 70% or more of the actual full population to be exposed, so yeah, it’s actually tens of millions of deaths that are coming. Prob a million just in Africa in the next year. 7.8Bln people on the planet…70% is 5.4Bln exposed, apply your favorite percentage on mortality, and a much bigger number on permanently scared and injured.

          • Anonymous says:

            The problem with your analysis is that simply applying a mortality rate against a proportion (assumed at that) of the population exposed, ignores the fact that a) not everyone exposed may catch it b) we have no reliable date on how many people catch it and are completely asymptomatic or very marginally so, to the point that they consider they have a cold or flu and never seek help or get tested. The mortality rates are based on a combination of those sick enough that they get tested, and some additional, asymptomatic testing in some jurisdictions.

            I

        • Anonymous says:

          USA population is 328,200,000…herd immunity 70% is 229,740,000 exposed, with >4.5mln dead and many multiples of that permanently changed. The administration are disinclined to educate themselves about how this virus works, and/or they seem to prefer the Stalinesque body count if it means they get to keep the oil pumps going.

          • Anonymous says:

            U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! Greatest country in the world with the best president of all time!

            • Anonymous says:

              LOL

            • Lucky says:

              Yes, those brave young men and women in the USA, by putting their lives on the line and in many cases sacrificing them, have kept us safe from all major threats for more than the past 100 years. Even to the extent that our young men and women have been able to be exempt from military service. We have not had to sacrifice our lives or our resources for our own defence. We are indeed very lucky to live in their shadow.

  13. Anonymous says:

    The last paragraph-is it an intentional display of arrogance, superiority and invincibility? But why? The higher you climb, the harder you fall. 🍄

  14. Anonymous says:

    testing means nothing…of the 4k tested….how many are now currently virus free???
    answer= we don’t know….
    negative today..positive tomorrow possibly.

  15. M McLaughlin says:

    The ongoing testing is a waste of time and financial resources, still no recourse to have an antibodies test?

    All the persons testing positive, should not get their hopes up until they’ve completed a antibody test.

  16. Common Sense says:

    A comment on another thought provoking article …

    If the CIG’s goal is the elimination of the virus and factoring in its well known goal of avoiding another COVID-19 death, then …

    1. No immunity can naturally build up within the population (assuming any immunity is long term which in itself is unknown and only time can tell).

    2. The CIG is relying on a vaccine for immunity. A vaccine that: (a) has no guarantee of being produced; and (b) if produced, is unlikely according to most experts to be available for 18-24 months.

    3. Without immunity from a vaccine, inbound travellers who have not had COVID-19 become the greatest threat to the country’s population.

    4. Consequently, either Cayman’s borders remain closed until the population is vaccinated or inbound travellers are quarantined for 14 days.

    5. Most inbound travellers unless returning residents are most unlikely to accept 14 days quarantine. They will travel elsewhere.

    6. The CIG’s combined goals of elimination and death avoidance effectively close Cayman’s borders until its population is vaccinated.

    7. And therein lies the problem! All our faith should not forever be placed on a vaccine.

    If not forever, for how long?

    • Anonymous says:

      Until more information is available. Simple.

    • Anonymous says:

      So true.

      Recent studies have found 95% immunity in persons that have had Covid-19.

      Also, it has been reported, similar to SARS, it is doubtful a vaccine will ever be found thus immunity is the only way to move forward.

      We can only hope that Cayman has many more asymptomatic people on our Islands otherwise either we can never again open up to the outside world or , if we do, we will have a huge surge in the number of cases here.

      • Anonymous says:

        No one, and that includes you, knows if Covid-19 immunity lasts. Mutations in the virus could make people who have had Covid-19 susceptible again, just like the regular flu. It could also make vaccine development problematic. Therapeutic medications might be the best bet. For instance, there is no vaccine for malaria. There is no herd immunity from malaria. However, we can treat malaria so that it’s not as deadly.

        • Anonymous says:

          COVID-19 seems to be very stable and not prone to quick mutation. Malaria is neither virus nor bacteria. It’s a plasmodium parasite.

          • Anonymous says:

            It was just an analogy – they are both diseases. Regardless, your comment about COVID-19 being stable is undermined by the word “seems.”
            “Seems” means that even you agree no one knows for sure. That then means that hoping for more asymptomatic COVID-19 people is akin to playing Russian Roulette in hope that “seems” ends up being correct and doesn’t start killing people needlessly if it isn’t correct.

    • Anonymous says:

      There are no unquarantined inbound travelers, and they won’t even be a theoretical consideration for months. There are yet no approved IgG antigen test kits that would allow reasonable commercial air travel the way we all remember it. Even if an approved method is determined, at a minimum, air travel months from now, and going forward forever, is never going to be the same as it was. That’s long before a vaccine. Sit down and get comfortable.

    • Anonymous says:

      Once cases start dropping in the U.S. significantly we can start looking at opening up slowly.

    • M McLaughlin says:

      10:46pm good comments, just adding that there’s has never been an effective vaccine developed for a “respiratory infectious disease” in the history of vaccines, so we are all in for a surprise.

  17. Encouraging but not says:

    What happened to the daily goal of 500-600 tests per day announced on the 8th of May? Check the history on this: https://caymannewsservice.com/2020/04/gov-sets-covid-testing-target-at-500-600-per-day/

    So let’s reduce the goal so we can meet it. Why do CIG always lower the bar to make themselves look good?

  18. Anonymous says:

    I found the virus. It was hiding in the Lodge headquarters.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Can we stop the stupid road blocks by Country side already. I have to hand my paperwork and ID to a gloved officer who has touched hundreds of other persons paperwork and IDs. I have no sanitizer, because their is none for purchase. So I get a nice disease ridden driver’s license handed back to me. God our Government is so daft! You want to trace the virus? Really? Roadblocks are ground zero.

    • Social distancing says:

      Keep your window up and put your drivers license against the window and make them look at it through the window. Do the same with the vehicle papers.

      • Anonymous says:

        He made me give him my papers for inspection . Then questioned me.

        What does he expect to find? Yes, you got me, I am a middle aged person on a joy ride to Health City. Moron.

        Got a clearly power hungry officer. Was taking 3 minutes for each vehicle. Idiot. Making health care workers late for work? For what, to flex their muscles. So annoying.

        • Anonymous says:

          I had the same thing happen. Only I’m a middle aged mother going to get groceries. We are such criminals!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Shouldn’t they wear new pair of gloves with each new person? I hope a person handling papers is not the same who conducts testing, otherwise 2 pairs per person is needed. One for handling papers and one for testing.

      The same should apply to police checking IDs at supermarkets or elsewhere, unless they eyeball it instead of touching.

      • Anonymous says:

        All of them wear gloves all day. No changing. Drive thru fast food! All day. They need tap n go machines more than anyone.

    • Anonymous says:

      8 pm never hand any one your drivers license, only hold it up so they can see if they can’t see tell them to wear glasses, they not going to touch my drivers or anything else period

      • Anonymous says:

        I agree! That was why I was so angry with the officer. Yet I can do nothing, if I protest, what will happen? I am a criminal for going to work? It is not right.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree, and try Hurley’s for hand san.

  20. Anonymous says:

    All of you government employees who think this total shut down of other people’s livelihoods is prudent, get ready. Because without us, you have no source of funding. Just wait. Your day will come.

  21. Anonymous says:

    So we will be done testing in six months. I rather suspect that it will take government even longer to figure out their strategy of finding those with the virus and isolating them only works if the entire population gets tested all at once. Assuming the person having tested negative doesn’t shake the hand of an a symptomatic person in the line waiting to be tested.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Government’s plan, From what I can glean from their statements and actions/inactions. Is to keep Cayman locked down from tourism, and local free trade until there is a vaccine.

    • Despair says:

      That probably means forever.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah, no one has ever come up with a vaccine for any virus in the corona virus family, starting with the common cold. There is a strong likelihood there will never be a vaccine, and it will just be another disease we have to live with.

      • Anonymous says:

        By your name Despair says it all. Really, it’s not that bad, please try to see some positive, your anxiety is only going to hurt you more than the lockdown.

        • Anonymous says:

          All joking aside, you don’t know how right you are. It really is important to try to concentrate on what you, as an individual, can control and just accepting what you can’t. This shit can drive you crazy if you don’t do that.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s not really correct or fair. The Cayman Islands does not get to decide what acceptable global consensus on international travel looks like. There are yet no internationally-approved and accepted quick/painless/reliable/cost-effective dual Cov19 IgM/IgG antigen screening kits. Airline staff aren’t radiologists and can’t easily screen passengers at the checkin kiosk for asymptomatic peripheral ground glass opacities (GGO). Don’t think that IATA, every political administration, and bankruptcy-skirting airline on the planet aren’t looking for the same basket of international travel solutions. Yes, there are a handful of antigen candidate kits emerging out there, but if screening 120 airline passengers is going to take hours, (some of them for the second or third time that day) it doesn’t work very well. Pre-vaccine Travel (months away) is going to happen, but it’s not going to look anything like how we remember it. We might not even be allowed to easily buy a ticket online until we have a qualifying registration code and our passport is certified with a coded WHO-IATA RFID chip that says we have IgG immunity and pose a reduced transmission danger. Maybe we will have to wear Tyvek disposable coveralls on the plane and other PPE. We don’t know. This is a global problem. Whole industries of people internationally are working on what that world solutions will look like. Until then, let’s all wash our hands and be patient knowing there are smart people (internationally) working on this.

    • Anonymous says:

      or treatment

  23. Anonymous says:

    6000 people were let back to work? Really what a joke. They were let back to such restrictions as to better off not at work at all. Delivery retail? Really we lost money trying to abide by this foolishness. Our Government is choosing who will survive and who will fail. We as small businesses are in the failure column. I feel like I am on the flipping Titanic and Alden and and Company are the Californian, ignoring our desperate SOS.

    • Anonymous says:

      Delivery Retail. Government copied the idea from highly populated cities. Didn’t occur to them that here it means one has to add vehicles, insurance, high fuel prices to rent, CUC etc. Still waiting for government to copies Nee Zealand’s 20% pay cut.

    • Anonymous says:

      Some still have a job and so can use the retail. Why would you want further businesses to die just because yours has failed. I do feel badly if your business has failed, but why be upset that I might be able to pull mine a bit out of the ashes???

    • Anonymous says:

      So I’m not actually able to decipher from your comment where you stand, other than complaining. Have you lost a small business in tourism? a restaurant? While I am in full support of the lockdown and I have lost my business in tourism btw. I will fully support any businesses that can make a small amount of money with delivery to those that can still afford things and we can slowly and safely open up our domestic economy.

  24. Indirect Tax Payer says:

    Sorry but what is the daily goal? When was it made public? How does the government hope to maintain this “goal” when our borders are opened again…or is the government intent on keeping the borders closed for the next year or so or until the airport construction is complete? Which judging by my observation at the current rate of progress is going to take even longer!

    • Anonymous says:

      Read the first line of the article lol.

      • Indirect Tax Payer says:

        I did, all it said was that the test results were close to the daily goal. So my question still stands. what is the daily goal? Obviously you don’t know, so stop pretending you do!

        CNS: It’s in the first sentence.

    • Anonymous says:

      in a few days those tests can be positive are they retesting?

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