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Explosion coming! Curfew announced as take cover measure



#TurksandCaicos, February 9, 2021 – The weekly trend of new Covid-19 cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands points to a frightening likelihood that the number of infections will explode and ahead of what could be a catastrophic shock to public health, the Government is cutting days short with the earliest curfew yet.

“We’re experiencing a distressing increase in the trend of cases being experience in the TCI. 

What has been worrisome this time around is that the number of cases being detected from one day to the next, has surpassed what was seen over the Summer months. 

There is no indication that we have seen the peak, so it is likely that the high numbers will continue,” said Dr. Shandey Malcolm, National Epidemiologist with the Ministry of Health.

The curfew daily curfew is from 6pm to 6am and begins today, February 9.

So far in 2021, the Turks and Caicos recorded its largest single-day leap in new infections; 75 positives were charted on January 26.  And the record-setting positives for the virus continued to be found.

The surge over the past four weeks has been more dangerous, with more deaths and more hospitalisations. 

Week one; there were 84 detections of the coronavirus. 

Week two; surged to 111 positives for COVID.

Week three; a record 183 new patients were added to the chart in an unwelcomed boom.

Week four, climbed again by 34 more positive diagnoses over the previous seven days; the Turks and Caicos charted 217 cases.  

The figure not only broke records but roped-in islands including Middle Caicos and Ambergris Cay which are both experiencing the coronavirus for the first time.

“Nobody, nowhere is safe.  It could be your family, it could be your co-worker, it could be your significant other, it could be your very close friend that affects you,” said Dr. Jeremy Myers, Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health during a national press conference on Monday.

“Covid-19 is with us and best believe that it is surely not showing any indication of going anywhere soon,” Dr. Meyers warned, “We are in a very delicate position that could easily erupt in a catastrophic situation.”

While the country was today also pleased to announce there are 6,433 people who have taken the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine; it was tempered by the fact that 1,695 cases including nine deaths have been recorded for the UK overseas territory of under 40,000 people.


Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 



#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE:  Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.

The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.

The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.

#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews

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How to protect against HIV 



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer



#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.

In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents.  The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.

Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.

The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.

With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including

  • Using condoms during sex
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Being tested regularly
  • avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
  • Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids

Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.

An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.

Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust



February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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