140 more people positive for COVID in latest results

| 25/11/2021 | 116 Comments

(CNS): The daily number of new positive cases remains high after another 140 people from a batch of 934 PCR tests were found to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 yesterday. Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported that as at 8am on Thursday, 25 November, 138 more people in the community and two travellers tested positive. The total number of cases recorded across all three islands since the start of the pandemic is now 6,599.

There are currently 4,132 active cases of the virus and 4,610 people are in quarantine. Hospital admissions have declined slightly to 27 patients from a high earlier in the week of 29. On the Sister Islands, another seven people tested positive over the last 24 hours, bringing the number of active cases to 19.

There have so far been 115 cases recorded on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman but 96 people have now recovered. Out of the total number of cases in the Sister Islands, 59 were fully vaccinated, six were partially vaccinated, and 50 were unvaccinated.

Meanwhile, there was a slight increase in the national vaccination rate for people who have had both shots of a COViD-19 vaccine. 79% of the estimated population of 71,106 people is now full vaccinated, while 57,918 people (81%) have had at least one shot. Almost 10,000 people have also had a booster shot.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    If anybody knows what social media the members of government use perhaps they could let them know that the rest of the world is taking steps to limit the spread of the Omicron variant including the UK, the EU and the US. It is either they don’t know or don’t care or both at this stage.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There is too much evidence now that the world has not responded appropriately to the covid virus. No matter where you stand on vaccines, its undeniable to any objective observer that we’ve got this wrong. The new strains will continue regardless of vaccination programs as it is simple unarguable fact that we cannot vaccinate every human and animal (the virus jumps species) at the same level at the same time (there is no Thanos ‘snap’ in real life!).

    There have been many doctors pleading to ONLY vaccinate vulnerable people and let the healthy among us (most of us) to acquire and handle the virus and enable it to become an endemic virus akin to flu, etc. Instead we’re trying to vaccinate as many as possible, flying in the face of historical precedent.

    It’s clearly a mistake. We should be focusing on therapies now. There are many available. And we should be focusing on treatment protocols.

    As for vaccines, they’re simply not doing what we hoped for most of us. The healthy among us don’t need them, and we shouldn’t be lining up for 4-6 month additional boosts. It’s not normal, not healthy and not worthwhile. Our immune systems work fine. For the vulnerable, sure, vaccination.

    The rest of us? we’ve just got to get on living before we end of living to die.

    • Anon says:

      Which doctors would these be?
      How do you determine who is vulnerable? Healthy young people have died from covid, yet by your reasoning they would be refused vaccines.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sooner or later there will be a vaccine breakthrough anyway and we are back to square one. Either a proper vaccine is required or let it runs its course like sars 1.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s not actually why doctors are pleading to only vaccinate the vulnerable. Its because even a little bit of vaccine saves a lot of lives so it saves more people if its spread out more.

      Think of it like this:
      – I have 12 doses of vaccine. I can
      — I can triple-vaccinate (two doses plus booster) four people, and three of them will not die from COVID.
      — I can double-vaccinate (two doses, no booster) six people, and five of them will not die from COVID.
      — I can single-vaccinate (one dose) twelve people and eight of them will not die from COVID.

      If some of those doses go to less vulnerable people it ‘wastes’ the vaccine even more, from a total number of persons saved perspective.

      The doctors are not asking to spread the vaccine around because ‘the vaccines are not working’ or even because they think the healthy among us can ‘handle the virus’. No. They are saying ‘we know if we spread the vaccine around more people n the countries with currently high vaccine rates will get very sick, and maybe die, but also that more people in the currently low vaccine countries will survive, for an overall decrease in deaths around the world’.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This government is pathetically useless at acting fast. Quick action is needed or do they want this to rip through the community too?

    • Anonymous says:

      PACT certainly acted fast in voting themselves a raise last spring although that is the only occasion I can think of.

  4. Anonymous says:

    While our government is once again asleep, it is apparent that even marginally competent governments are banning travel from southern Africa. Just got a news item that ALL EU member states have now banned travel from Southern Africa as has Japan.

    • Anonymous says:

      We need to keep OMICRON out of the Cayman Islands.

      Do not allow people coming in from South Africa who have been there in the last 30 days.

      • Anonymous says:

        26 @ 1:37pm – Yes! That should include private aircraft too. There’s a Cayman resident who frequently travels between Cayman and Southern Africa (via Cote d’Ivorie) by private jet.

        Hope CBC are staying vigilant. Hmmm, I can see it now:

        “Where did you arrive from?” “Abidjan.”
        “Where’s that?” “Western Africa.”
        “And before that?” “Windhoek and Joberg”
        “Uh-uh. OK folks, welcome back!”

    • Anonymous says:

      If Cayman doesn’t get control of its Covid numbers, countries like the US and Europe may start banning travel from our islands.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Belgium is now reporting that a traveler from Egypt has come down with the Nu variant of Covid.

    PACT is ignoring the issue as that is what they have been ordered to do.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The Nu variant is spreading very quickly. Hong Kong has identified a case and shut it’s borders. Israel is also reporting that the Nu variant has already arrived there.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The EU Commission has advised all member states to ban travel from areas that have the Nu variant – meanwhile in the Government Admin Building the only sound is crickets.

    “Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission president, said she had advised EU governments to pull an “emergency brake” stopping travel to countries in southern Africa in light of the emergence of the B.1.1.529 variant.”

  8. Anonymous says:

    I am starting to think Gov policy is based on reading my CNS comments!

  9. PPM lite says:

    Nu variant No problem test it out on Caymanians they have a very compliant govt. all you have to do is promise them money$$$ New Leader is extremely lazzy and will follow any UK disastrous pandemic edit no matter how ludicrous it is. Tourism minister a clone of his mentor Luv $$ bushy

  10. Jay says:

    140 return on a 934 tests is too high. Very scary and alerting number.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not really, it’s the number of seriously ill and hospitalisations that are relevant. The more people that catch it and aren’t seriously ill, the quicker it will be before community immunity becomes a reality.

    • Anonymous says:

      In the past 7 days we have averaged 176 positives per day, with a positivity rate of 15.5%.

      • Anonymous says:

        If the wealthy power brokers here lost those kinds of numbers over 7 days, you can be sure quick action would occur

  11. Tattle Tail says:

    its time for Kenneth Bryan to go as tourism minister pure neglect of duty to the George Town people! Concerned only with a graven Image of himself and following Pappa Dok beater Babaushka advice! We just say no to the NU variant coming to Cayman.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I don’t believe it’s the unvaccinated who are complaining about open borders, this virus or any other. The complainers seem to be the hyper obsessed panic freaks who would take a booster every week if they could.

    • Anonymous says:

      The vaccine we thankfully have, was developed from a historic strain from 2 years ago. Sure, it helps a bit, but rational experts are also concerned globally, including WHO, about how it will stack up against new variants of interest and of concern. Should these career professionals be dismissed as obsessive hyper complainers?

      • Anonymous says:

        You probably are, but no they are an entirely different group mostly subservient to and guided by blatant funding conflicts of interests. But that’s just conspiracy mumbo jumbo.

  13. Anonymous says:

    from UK Gov notes of SAGE mtg in July this year – we were warned that mass vaccination in early viral pandemics can lead to near disaster, and here we have NU today…it will not end anytime soon due to all the mistakes made, we should only be vaccinating the known vulnerables and letting natural immunity help the rest of us –

    9. There are four major risks associated with high numbers of infections. These are an increase in hospitalisations and deaths, more ‘Long-COVID’; workforce absences (including in the NHS); and the increased risk of new variants emerging. The combination of high prevalence and high levels of vaccination creates the conditions in which an immune escape variant is most likely to emerge. The likelihood of this happening is unknown, but such a variant would present a significant risk both in the UK and internationally.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sage-93-minutes-coronavirus-covid-19-response-7-july-2021/sage-93-minutes-coronavirus-covid-19-response-7-july-2021

    • Anonymous says:

      The emphasis on ‘not known’. Stop being an alarmist and just vaccinate.

    • Anonymous says:

      Interesting, except that the Nu Mu variant did not develop under high levels of vaccination, so the quote is irrelevant now aint it?

      Also the risk of mutation is from high numbers of infections. The level of vaccination is irrelevant except in what you call it.
      a) high infection, low vaccination = immune resistant
      b) high infection, high vaccination = immune escape

      All the later means is that ‘it escaped the immune response initiated by the vaccination’. Something which by definition can only happen in (high) vaccination scenarios. Remember that the virus is in competition with the immune response, whether your immune response is ‘vaccine enhanced’ or ‘unenhanced/unvaccinated’, or even ‘enhanced by previous exposure’, i.e., you survived an earlier infection. So regardless of level of population vaccination the virus is trying to evolve to an immune resistant state (call it what you will). And the best chance it has to do that is with a high prevelance of infections. So do what you can to keep infections down – physical distance, hand wash, mask up (over your nose); and get vaccinated (statistically reduces spread, i.e., lowers virus prevalence, especially in conjunction with the other interventions).

  14. Anonymous says:

    Wait for it, Kenny B is doing another sombre video as we speak in which he will announce that the new ‘Nu’ variant gets seasick and therefore the 2000 potentially infected tourists arriving in December without any check on where they have arrived from pose no threat.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Will those arriving in Cayman from South Africa in the next 6 week be required to quarantine? I know the current answer is no, but let’s see if CIG puts in such a policy. There are A LOT of South Africans coming into Cayman in the next 6 weeks, either new recruits or residents returning from vacation. Just where I work (an accounting firm), we have about 25 arrivals (plus spouses, boy/girlfriends etc).

    • Anonymous says:

      The government and the #readytoopen crew don’t care. It’s time to get back to making some serious money and if people die, they die. People die all the time. Get used to it. If you are unvaccinated or fat, make sure your will is in order. Or hide in the closet for the next six months because people are going to be arriving on cruise ships and flying in from South Africa all the time.

    • Hubert says:

      We need to ban all people coming here who have been in South Africa the past 60 days.

      Drastic action is called for now. We cannot think about this for months.

      ACTION NOW.

      • Why ??? There has been no direct deaths from Covid in Cayman . Why are you being hysterical ?

        • Big Bobo In West Bay says:

          Perhaps because so many people in the Cayman Islands are still unvaccinated.

          So get vaccinated and be smart Big Hen Broon.

        • Anonymous says:

          Your denial of the threat that this pandemic and the new variants bring is pathetic and delusional

    • Anonymous says:

      There aren’t any direct flights from SA, or from anywhere else across the pond, apart from the U.K. which has already banned travel from Southern Africa.
      And if they come from other locations the landing requirements will likely catch any and all possible infections. If not Caymans requirements for pre-departure testing will be yet another firewall.
      Just calm down and think logically instead of like a headless chicken.

  16. Anonymous says:

    It is amazing to me how many in these comments seem to want people to catch this and die. How horrible! Get vaccinated and get on with your life. There are many other diseases and viruses out there to kill you as well but you don’t seem worried about those. Oh wait! You had the polio, measles, mumps, and whooping cough vaccines to prevent those and possibly the flu vaccine that kills too. Get vaxxed!

  17. Anonymous says:

    You see, all you “we’re vaccinated, so open up” protagonists are more than short-sighted. A highly transmissible variant not susceptible to the current vaccine was always on the cards. One b.1.1.529 infected tourist from S. Africa on the incoming cruise ship or on an unrestricted flight and . . .

    • Anonymous says:

      You got to understand, some people just don’t care. The Chinese made a virus and it’s made it more likely to die on any given day. Some accept this and that there isn’t much to be done and just want to get on with life. Some think that by sacrificing freedom the govt can save us, but they can’t. No mandates have been effective at stopping spread. The only thing that’s been effective is the vaccine preventing death. So get vaccinated and come to terms with the fact that covid is permanent.

      • Anonymous says:

        It’s more nuanced that that. It’s not just about stopping the spread, it about slowing down the rate of transmission so the healthcare facilities are not overwhelmed. Yes, most of us will be infected at some time but lets reduce the risk of us all becoming infected in a short period of time. Some loss of freedom is expected when restrictions are imposed to SLOW DOWN transmission.

    • Anonymous says:

      From my experience the vaccinated are far more careful with distancing, masks and hand washing than unvaccinated as they are generally better read and educated on global covid issues.

      • Miami Dave says:

        At this point no amount of education is going to convince the anti-Vaxers about the merits of getting vaccinated. It will only be when family members and good friends start dying that they will get it.

        A large part of this is directly due to fact that people who are uneducated simply don’t grasp the concepts related to global COVID issues and vaccinations. They fall for conspiratorial lines about the vaccine.

        Very hard after all this time to find empathy for people who die or get very sick on these islands who are not vaccinated.

  18. Anonymous says:

    France has banned flights from multiple countries because of this new variant

    “France has suspended flights from several southern African nations in response to the discovery of the new Covid variant.

    The measure, which is similar to that announced by the UK, applies to South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini. “

    • Anonymous says:

      This makes sense

      • Anonymous says:

        All while Cayman continues to welcome persons from those places, without quarantine.

        • Anonymous says:

          Yeah, lots of direct flights coming in from Africa. – What you want is the gateway countries doing the banning. Because by the time you’ve gone from S. Africa to London to Cayman and spent that much time in airports the chance of your COVID being from home is likely equal to the chance you picked it up en route. So the person travelling from London to Cayman caught omicron form the person travelling Johannesburg-London-Birmingham. Cayman banning African migrants would not be sufficient.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sadly the fact that it makes sense probably means that PACT will ignore the issue until the bosses in the cabal tell them what to do.

        • Anonymous says:

          We don’t get tourists from any of those, and the RSA expats are largely middle management or juniors – so quarantine it is lol. No vested interests to fight for them.

  19. Anonymous says:

    As of this morning many countries have closed/are closing their borders to flights from countries infected with the new more dangerous Covid variant. What is PACT doing????

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-59427770

    • Anonymous says:

      Who says it’s more dangerous? Cnn?

      • Anonymous says:

        WHO, The UK, The EU, AND CNN.

        • Anonymous says:

          Nobody has actually said it’s more dangerous, all that has been said is that the new variant is significantly different from the original strain. Until more research is done nobody can actually say it’s more dangerous with any certainty, there have been many variants so far that have not caused more harm.

      • Anonymous says:

        8:34, The World Health Organization, Bobo.

        Stop watching FOX News. Messing up your head.

    • Anonymous says:

      They are saying “Hey, come here we desperately need you to appease the 1%. Who cares about our community.”

    • Anonymous says:

      Governor, please follow the United Kingdom position on this new variant issue ASAP. We do not have weeks to debate this issue here.

      • Anonymous says:

        It concerns me that our government / health advisor cherry pick which pieces of U.K. advice they follow. We started vaccinating 12-18 years ages before U.K. & gave them 2 doses vs one & yet under 12’s css add not get a shot. Now our borders open to all whilst U.K. blocks ‘red’ designated countries.
        Please block travellers from the same countries , it have mandated hotel quarantine on arrival. At travellers expense, like the U.K. does. Please follow the sensible stuff coming out of the U.K. if you are going to say we are following them.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Hi Wayne, i hope you’re reading about this new variant. Looks like other countries are preparing for it. I hope the VIP business folks aren’t trying to distract you from having a wee think about it.
    Remember, Dr. Lee is leaving soon. If someone from Dart tells you they’re a doctor, don’t listen.

  21. Anonymous says:

    It’s incontrovertible that the new variant will arrive through a traveller.

    • Anonymous says:

      No it’s returning locals that pose the greatest threat s/

    • Anonymous says:

      Or the locals who travel to party and shop and then return.

    • Anonymous says:

      ‘traveller’ refers to anyone who is travelling, caymanian, resident or visitor. if we want to reduce infected travellers from entering we MUST mandate vaccination for ALL travellers. No vaccine, you don’t get on an airplane. Simple.

      • WontHappen says:

        @10:37-Won’t happen, CIG made it clear that Caymanians, regardless of if they are traveling or staying on-island for the rest of their lives are outside the vaccine mandates. You know how it it’s Only non-Caymanians can get and pass on Covid.

  22. Anonymous says:

    People unable to easily fight off the virus become incubators and factories for new variants. That’s why getting vaccinated is SO important. The unvaccinated could create a version of the virus that could be much worse than we already have.

    There is a new highly mutated virus emerging in Africa that is said to be so mutated that it is much more transmissible than Delta and possible that it evade any protection from the vaccines and from any partial immunity that would have come from having covid before.

    I urge our government to take this new threat very seriously and look to return to a 14 day quarantine for all new arrivals. Just look how easily Delta spread through our community. Make it even more transmissible and potentially more dangerous and we could be devastated.

  23. Anonymous says:

    More people are getting vaccinated that is a good sign. Hospitalizations and cases are going down and I am hopeful that many of those being released are the unvaccinated and that when they are released that they have enough sense about them to go and get vaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you think cases are going down you are a fool. People are just not reporting their positive.

      • Anonymous says:

        You are correct. I personally know of many who tested positive on the LFT and not reporting, just self managing at home until they get a negative test. (And I’m including myself in that — was asymptomatically positive for a few days, then tested negative for three straight days and removed myself from self isolation).

    • Anonymous says:

      Comirnaty will help with what’s circulating here now, presumably Delta and Delta Plus, but may already be an obsolete formulation against this Nu variant.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile, Panton is sat in the middle of the road blinking at the fast approaching headlights.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Una ear cant hear..arse feel! I git a feeling a large percentage are breaking quarantine…i got booster..wear mask….but have to basically run from caymanians to social distance..it like they dont care?

  26. Anonymous says:

    good news…stop the over reaction of testing….
    the only number that counts is the number of people on ventilators.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Let’s hope this rue curve flattening. Although there will be other waves and new variants like the one seen in Africa today. Covid here for many years yet.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have never seen such a backwards bunch of people running the country. We had no covid just a few months ago, yet some a…h…who were in quarantine decided to break quarantine or friends or family couldn’t stay away. They had covid and it started spreading. What was the sense in locking the country down last year. Jobs, homes, business lost. Now the government is opening its borders and worse of all allowing a cruise ship in..I mean it really doesn’t matter anymore we should have opened a long time ago. You are only mandating vaccines on “foreigners”, but caymanians don’t have to get vaccines. They are the ones who you seen in grocery stores with their masks under their noses under their chins…good luck cayman another variant is on its way

    • Anonymous says:

      As the UK have done immediately, lets see if CIG takes the logical move of banning tourists from South Africa to avoid the arrival of the new potentially devastating variant. Just watch the heel dragging.

  28. Anonymous says:

    7:29 pm I was thinking the same thing. Hopefully PACT is keeping abreast what is happening on a global level, and will exercise good sense to make wise choices to keep the new variant from entering our borders.

    • Anonymous says:

      Very difficult. Likely the new variant is already in the USA and Europe and has been for some weeks. Good however that the UK has banned Africa flights today – if the US follow suit that naturally protects us as there are no direct flights into cayman.

      This is why I say people need to learn to live with covid – was never possible to keep cayman covid free and it will be here and mutating with new variants for decades. There is no such thing as hers immunity with this. People really need to make sure they get there booster in the next month or when called, and social distance.

      We know from the latest figures that of all cayman cases, 3 per cent of all vaccinated people on island have covid but are mainly vary old with underlying serious conditions. 23 per cent of unvaccinated have it. You are at least 8 times more likely to catch covid in cayman of you are unvaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      A single case here would give the US the ability to immediately ban all flights from Cayman. What then? ReOpen Cayman, speak up. We cannot hear you!

  29. Anonymous says:

    71000 population
    58000 vaccinated

    6500 infections

    Immunity rate: 91%

    That concludes another worthless comment and another worthless statistic.

    • Anonymous says:

      Except the population is 80,000, if you are suggesting the number represents how many humans are here, and include all children and visitors.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully PACT is paying attention to the new variant that has appeared in Africa and will ensure that it is not imported either by air or by cruise ship. The UK today banned air travel from infected countries.

    Guardian
    “More from the UK’s Health Secretary Sajid Javid on that new variant from southern Africa. He said:

    The early indication we have of this variant is it may be more transmissible than the Delta variant and the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective against it.

    Now to be clear, we have not detected any of this new variant in the UK at this point in time. But we’ve always been clear that we will take action to protect the progress that we have made.

    So what we will be doing is from midday tomorrow we will be suspending all flights from six, southern African countries and we will add in those countries to the travel red list. Those countries are South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Botswana. We will be requiring anyone that arrives from those countries from 4am on Sunday to quarantine in hotels.

    If anyone arrives before then they should self-isolate at home and take a PCR test on day two and day eight. If anyone has arrived from any of those countries over the last 10 days, we would ask them to take PCR tests.”

    • Anonymous says:

      50 new mutations on Epsilon. 30 on the spike protein alone. PACT’s cruise control disregard isn’t going to work with this new vaccine-resident foe. Make your own plans.

      • Anonymous says:

        The Epsilon variant largely went away in summer.

        From Wikipedia: “As of July 2021, Epsilon is no longer considered as a variant of interest by the WHO”

    • Anonymous says:

      Stop anyone coming in from South Africa. Right now.

      We should have done this ten years ago.

      • Anonymous says:

        South Africa is a country. Africa is a continent. New variant is not found in South Africa.

        CNS: The new variant was identified in South Africa, which is where most of the 100 or so cases have been found.

      • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

        Agree with your first sentence.

        I wonder deeply what provoked you to utter the second sentence. Surely has nothing to do with SARS-COV-2 or Covid-19 or any of the variants.

    • Anonymous says:

      A new more lethal and more communicable variant is the last thing we need. Hopefully Travel Cayman will start prohibiting people who have been in infected countries at any time in the previous 2 weeks

    • Anonymous says:

      Will Holland America guarantee that no once from the places that have this new variant will be on the ship that will be arriving next month?

    • Anonymous says:

      This variant is very different from Delta and I suspect that LFT will not detect it. I doubt that our lab is even equipped to detect this genotype.

      • Anonymous says:

        It is so different it can be easily identified from the Delta variant with normal PCR testing.

        Genomic testing is not needed to identify the new variant.

        Its weird we have had variants from all over, except the US, the country with the highest number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths.

        Of course they had no means of identifying new variants until Biden was voted in. Bad press was thought to be worse than the loss of human life.

    • Hubert says:

      Scientists kept telling us this year that if we did not get enough people vaccinated then the virus would inevitably mutate.

      We are now looking at 2022 with a newly mutated version. Not enough of us in our societies did not grasp this fact and now we are going to pay the price.

      • Anonymous says:

        Developing nations do not enjoy the same privileged access to vaccines or education. It’s not their fault. Like usual, developed countries had pledged to fill those gaps in the name of humanity, and then didn’t, even clawing back promised vaccine doses from their donations to COVAX program. It’s gross. Nu strain is the result of that.

      • Anonymous says:

        South Africa has a vaccination rate of 24% though free vaccinations have been available for months throughout the country.

        Don’t tell me that they had no opportunity to be vaccinated.

    • Anonymous says:

      @7:29pm

      I read your first paragraph and burst out laughing..I have to print it for you again before I comment..

      Hopefully PACT is paying attention to the new variant that has appeared in Africa and will ensure that it is not imported either by air or by cruise ship. The UK today banned air travel from infected countries.”

      So just how will PACT know this virus? Will it announce itself as to which flight it will be arriving on? will it come from London via BA or on Jet Blue from New York? Has it booked a cruise and hasn’t told us?

      There is a lot of things the PACt Government can do but seeing and ensuring a virus doesn’t arrive on our shore, it is highly unlikely that can be ensured. Even if we were to lock down again you do realize that just like how Delta got here before we reopened this one could get here too.

      What we all need to do here is stop being ignorant about his virus. We know what works, get your vaccines, wear your masks, social distance and keep washing your hands every chance you get. This is the only way to slow the spread of the virus. It is not something that is tangible that we can see or avoid. It is in the air and in people’s bodies that act as hosts and spread it around. No government in the world can ensure that it doesn’t spread only the people of this country can and until everyone smartness up and forgets the political BS covid will continue to rage.

    • Anonymous says:

      ??…banning travel from certain countries?…when has that ever worked?….it has already spread to 3 countries(we know of)…
      time to learn to live with viruses as they can’t be boxed in.
      and time to eradicate the filthy cultures where they originate from as was the case with covid and china.

      • Beaumont Zodecloun says:

        “… eradicate the filthy cultures where they originate from …”

        Dangerous talk, Komrade. Did you actually read and think about what you posted before you did so? I hope not. I hope you are not a genocide-supporting monster.

        I feel no friendship with PRC/CCP, however “eradicating”? Please control your fervor.

    • Anonymous says:

      The accounting firms will be bringing in quite a few staff from South Africa at end of December. So another month of spread in SA. Will be hard to keep out with no quarantine here.

      • Johnny Canuck says:

        6:01, They will not be able to get here as the flight route to Cayman is via London which has taken action today to shut down new travelers from South Africa.

        One case of the new variant detected here will result in the USA shutting down all flights to Cayman. Canada will do the same thing.

    • Anonymous says:

      Viruses change and new variants inevitably appear. No need to panic, the South African National Institute for Infectious Diseases tweeted.

      …according to scientists, such an abundance of mutations can work against the virus, making it unstable. Therefore, it is too early to say that the new strain will become a global problem.

      We must watch it closely. At the moment, there is no reason for particular concern, “- emphasizes geneticist from University College London François Ballou.
      “It’s hard to say anything definite just by looking at mutations,” adds Professor Lawrence Young, virologist at the University of Warwick School of Medicine.

    • Anonymous says:

      But there have been many variants that looked bad on paper before, but haven’t taken off.
      There are early signs this virus is spreading in South Africa and may already be in every province in the country.
      But the big questions – how much does it evade vaccines, is it more severe, does it spread faster that Delta – are unanswerable for now.
      https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-59428398

  31. Anonymous says:

    It is starting to come down.

    Good news as the numbers trend downwards.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Numbers are dropping slightly. Seems like people are starting to wear masks and social distance. 934 tests and only 2 travelers. Still shows this is all community spread.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yep! We can’t blame travelers. It’s mostly spread in the community.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nothing to do with masks. It’s running out of hosts.

    • Anonymous says:

      more like cayman likely reaching a level of herd immunity…huge infection + high vax rates.
      people must remeber though people(mostly old and sick) will continue to die from/with covid over the next 12-18 months.

    • Anonymous says:

      Numbers coming down because the numbers of unvaccinated yet to be infected are falling- over 90% of the over 12 are vaccinated. And yeah I know vaccinated people can catch and transmit as well, but far less likely to do so. So the virus has been burning through that unvaccinated group hence very high initial rates. Will taper off as there are fewer unvaccinated to infect given the higher resist amongst the vaccinated. But going to be a while before it’s finished with us for sure.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes. ALMOST all community spread, and all traceable back to a single visitor, probably from Jamaica.

      At least they weren’t from Southern Africa. I do hope PACT are paying attention. We had better be prepared to implement strict quarantines on visitors from certain regions.

    • Anonymous says:

      Duh?

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s due to people falsifying LFT tests

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