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Delta Variant confirmed in TCI says Ministry of Health

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#TurksandCaicos, August 4, 2021 – Turks and Caicos is advised to keep the guard up, as the Delta Variant has now been detected in the country and at least three of the cases are from Community spread.  One case is imported. 

Turks and Caicos sent eight samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency lab in Trinidad and Tobago to test for the Delta Variant; 50 per cent or four of the results came back positive for what is described as the most infectious variant of Covid-19. 

The information came in a Sunday press release and, after all of the individuals who would have had the variant are completed their quarantines and are now recovered from the coronavirus.  One of the cases is imported, detected in a tourist who was unvaccinated. 

The three others were local; so there was community spread of the Delta confirmed Health Minister, E. Jay Saunders.  Of the four cases one person was fully vaccinated; the individual was from the local community. 

The Delta variant is so infectious that it is not only being contracted by fully vaccinated individuals but is being spread by them according to some data. 

Advice is for the fully vaccinated to continue to wear masks; mask wearing mandates in the Turks and Caicos are still a part of the health regulations, so it remains the law to don face coverings. 

Turks and Caicos has so far been confirmed with three of four Viruses of Concern or VOCs.  The UK strain or Alpha; the Brazilian strain or Gamma and now the India strain, also known as Delta. 

The announcement about the detection of the Delta strain came as the Turks and Caicos finds itself a mere three percentage points away from having 70 per cent of residents fully vaccinated. 

According to the Minister of Health on Sunday, 67 per cent of residents are now vaccinated for the Coronavirus.  Some 71 per cent have had one jab. 

Grand Turk up to Monday had one new case of Covid-19; now at four active cases after spending weeks at zero.  Providenciales has 24 cases of the Coronavirus active.  Hospitalizations remain at zero in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Meanwhile, details from a CDC report have emerged with striking and concerning findings about this new “fittest and fastest” coronavirus variant.

The Delta variant is as contagious as the chicken pox, spreads as easily as the common cold and Ebola and has a longer transmission window and viral loads in fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people are almost identical which means the vaccine is not slowing this variant down. 

The CDC report and its findings are the subject of numerous stories by leading global news organisations. 

The medical community is scrambling for a tactical response to the data as the CDC appears to flip-flop on its messages about coping with Covid. 

Older people are seriously at risk, even if they are vaccinated – for hospitalization and for death with the advancement of the Delta. 

Among the 162 million Americans vaccinated; 35,000 are symptomatic due to Delta. 

The fear now is that these findings will undermine confidence in the vaccines. 

One study found that 74 percent of the new infections were in fully vaccinated people; cutting down the “miracle” mantra pitched about the 7-month old vaccines.

The experts still say the best defence against the Delta strain of the coronavirus is the vaccine.  There is now discussion about a booster shot to fight off the Delta Variant. 

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TCI Premier and Delegation visit NCI in Jamaica

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#Manchester, Jamaica, 14 August 2022 – The Honourable Charles Washington Misick, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, and his delegation have arrived at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Central Jamaica.The Premier will give the address at the second commencement ceremony and will be conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Commerce Degree.  The Premier completed high school at West Indies College which is now NCU more than 50 years ago.  Premier Misick and his delegation are on a four day visit to Jamaica.The Office of the Premier and Public Policy will bring commencement live on its Facebook page at 2PM EST.The Premier’s delegation includes: First Lady, Mrs. Delthia Russell-Misick; Hon. Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services; Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Service; Ms. Althea Been, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Immigration and Border Services; Mr. Miquel Swann, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Office of the Premier and Public Policy; Mr. Edwin Taylor, Commissioner of Labour; and Mr. Bentley Johnson Aide De Camp.

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.

 

Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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Dunn’s River Offers Special Summer Package

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#Jamaica, August 5, 2022 – Persons looking for an adventurous activity to do this summer are being encouraged to take advantage of the ‘Summa Thrills’ promotion, being offered by the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls and Park.

The promotion, which ends September 15, includes paying one cost to climb the Falls, ‘Tek-A-Hike’ and Zip over the Falls via the Chukka Falls Flyer. In addition, persons will also have access to the beach, splash pad, and other amenities.

The cost for residents is $5,000 per person and US$75 per person for non-residents. A photo identification is required to access the resident rate.

“We have partnered with CHUKKA to create this five-star experience,” Marketing Manager, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Kereen Cole-Ivey, told JIS News.

She further informed that ‘Tek-A-Hike’ is the newest product offering at Dunn’s River Falls and Park and that the promotion provides an opportunity to build awareness and renew interest in the falls and park.

‘Tek-a-Hike’ is a guided, one-hour-and-a-half hike that starts at the Tranquility Gardens and ends in the Dunn’s River Falls & Park Nursery. Here guests can purchase plants or adopt a tree as part of the park’s Reforestation and Conservation Programme.

The hike is approximately two miles and is an experience that the entire family can enjoy. Along the trail, guests will learn about the flora and fauna on the entire property, which is called the Belmont property, as well as the general history of Dunn’s River Falls and Park. They will also get a chance to visit the Belmont Great House ruins.

“Coming out of COVID-19, we thought that this (Summa Thrills) would have been a very great adventure for the family and for everyone to enjoy and have a good time,” said Mrs. Cole-Ivey, adding that the UDC has other plans in place for Dunn’s River.

Dunn’s River Falls and Park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Persons are being encouraged to book ahead via the Dunn’s River website at www.dunnsriverfallsja.com, otherwise tickets can be purchased on location.

You may also visit @dunnsriver.jamaica and @udcjamaica on Instagram or call 876 618-6052 for additional information.

The Dunn’s River Falls and Park is managed and operated by St. Ann Development Corporation (SADCO), a subsidiary of the UDC.

 

Contact: Shanna K. Salmon

Release: JIS

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