COViD - Tobago closes down again

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COViD - Tobago closes down again

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Having seen the number of cases more than double in recent weeks Tobago has shut down again 'hopefully for the short term'.

No flights will be allowed in.

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I completely understand but so sad, as we miss Tobago. We’ll be back as soon as it’s possible and it will be at some point! Just got to hang in there.
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If schools are 'likely' to be closed until 31st December, that indicates the possible fate of the tourist high season for 2020/21.

The April spike, I understand, was caused mostly by repatriation. T&T crushed it with very strict but effective measures. This second spike has trebled the case count. I have a Trini friend who was stuck in the UK since February and was repatriated on 8th August so this could be the cause again although I am aware that a number of Venezuelans seeking citizenship in T&T could be part of the problem in addition to illegal immigrants.

Some blame appears to be directed at the relaxing of restrictions during the elections ... hmmm ... I don't know.

It's the same the world over ... prematurely easing restrictions and then having to pay a potentially higher price.

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There are still very few community acquired cases and it is, as Paul notes, returnees bringing the virus with them.

Quarantine for returnees is rigid, organised and mandatory but inevitably some cases slipped by. Reports of community infections caused by irresponsible actions have, to date, proven largely unfounded but some people have been engaging in risk taking behaviours and the roll back of the restrictions was relatively swift and seemingly proportionate (given the success of the previous interventions), in my opinion of course !

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Hello Paul

The Dodo has been described as a very stupid bird and that is why some theorise that it is now extinct.

I see a link here to the methods that various Governments are using to handle the pandemic and protect their populations. There is no world order and there are variations according to which country you are in, despite the weak WHO's efforts.

Right now in the UK you can meet anyone in a restaurant but you cannot visit them in their home #-o. Also, we are getting used to the 'with effect from (date) you cannot ...', which implies that you can carry on going around infecting people until the new rule comes into effect.

T&T did very well with their very strict measures and they are starting to re-impose those measures having relaxed ... too soon?!? But it seems likely that the recent repatriations have spoiled the good work.

Ironically, T&T is now on the UK's quarantine blacklist with the UK having contributed to the repatriation to an unknown degree.

Can you imagine what would happen if tourists from around the world were allowed to visit T&T?

I know it will hurt (and I won't like it either) but T&T need a tourist origin blacklist at the very least or a complete ban on foreign visitors until the pandemic is well over, not just in T&T ... but everywhere.

Without a vaccine this is a longer term issue.

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I would be happy to quarantine for 2 or 3 or 6 weeks . . . but my situation is different as we have a home to go to.

But it is all just a dream because I am from the very worst Dodo country and am rightfully blacklisted.

I will keep dreaming . . .

Hugh 8)
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