EDITORIAL: COVID reminder - and a watchful eye on China

IF it seems to many that COVID-19 has gone away, today is a rude reminder that it is anything but.

Cases are on the rise, precautionary measures including limiting visitors at Princess Margaret Hospital are being introduced again – and then there is the fear over what is happening in China.

For a long time, China has boasted of its zero-COVID approach, clamping down to reduce the numbers of cases to an absolute minimum.

But as the world has been lifting restrictions, China has been an outlier.

The key to lifting restrictions around the world has been vaccination – but China seems to have had less confidence in its vaccines.

While other places were starting to return to normal, or as close to normal as possible, China found itself in the position where lifting those limits risked huge spikes in COVID cases as the outside world came crashing in again.

After protests over the long-running restrictions in place to prevent COVID transmission in a nation struggling to adequately vaccinate to stop the spread of the virus, the decision was made to open up.

What we have seen since then is exactly the spikes that were feared.

So do we put restrictions on travel by people from China?

Well, in that respect we are in part beneficiaries of the actions of other nations. Because those visitors would likely go through another nation first before coming here, limits being imposed by other countries have a knock-on benefit for us. In other words, if the US is already limiting travel for people from China, they have that hurdle to cross before they can come to us anyway.

Such limits are proving a political challenge in several places around the world, however – with the European Union struggling to present a united front on the matter, the United Kingdom uncertain over what action to take, and other nations taking a wait-and-see approach.

We join that list of nations monitoring what is happening rather than taking action right away.

Along with concerns over spiking numbers in China, there is also alarm at a possible new variant and whether or not it is in The Bahamas as yet.

All of this serves as a cautionary tale that we must not assume that COVID-19 has gone away yet.

As of yesterday, 18 people were in hospital with COVID, and one of those in the intensive care unit.

These numbers are not as high as they may have been earlier in the pandemic – but we don’t want them to become worse.

So be cautious and be aware that the number of cases are on the rise again. If you’ve stopped wearing a mask, perhaps pop one back on until the numbers ease again. Keep sanitising, and keep social distance where possible.

We don’t want to go back to lockdowns and hard limits – so a little caution will not go amiss. After all, we don’t want to get back into the situation China is trying to get out of.

As for our officials, we urge them to monitor cases closely indeed, and take appropriate action where necessary.

Too much intervention may be a frustration, but too little may mean life or death.


birdiestrachan 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Yes indeed put restrictions on persons travelling from China , it is difficult to find out what is truth from them,


whogothere 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Can please stop talking about the most embarrassing failure of the modern medicine and politics. Restrictions do squat. And even if they did, we know masks and vaccination does nothing as well, actually more harm then good. So please just stop talking about COVID - it's over..


bahamianson 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It is amazing how xenophobic countries are, but it is ok.


BMW 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Dont know why the tribune restricts comments on such important happenings in our waters!! The abaco mp must believe people are dumb and ships run off of water. For Gods sake these ships carry fuel, oil etc. and what I see from the pictures there is some sort of petroleum leaking from the ship. Remember pinder you can fool some of the people some of the time but you aint fooling me!! Do something instead of deflecting.


Sickened 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Absolutely. Instead of him wasting time lying about what IS happening he could have spent that time speaking to what is happening in terms of securing the sight and what the plans are going forward to both clean up the mess and remove the wreck itself.


ThisIsOurs 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I hope this isnt the case, but it looks like stories that make Davis look bad are generally wide open for comment. Others involving people with favour are closed outright or closed quickly. I really hope that's not the case. A more kind take might be they no longer have the staff to police the comments? The suggest removal button should take care of truly offensive commentary as opposed to commentary that someone just doesnt like. If govt were open with information there'd be less conspiracy theories. I notice the police talking about prosecuting people for this prison break story, my mind wonders if there was a "disturbance" that was quelled or if the account was completely fabricated. Stop hiding information, noone thinks you're doing a stellar job anyway


John 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Government may have prematurely in discontinuing the daily dashboard for Covid. This happened when the numbers were zeros and single digits. But health officials confirm that the numbers are increasing. Two scenarios: From what I understand about these corona virus, they have to pass over the entire world’s population before they will burn themselves out and become extinct. Since this did not happen in China because of their stringent lockdowns and zero tolerance approach, it is now happening. And so China is basically a year behind the rest of the world. And as for the rest of the world, including The Bahamas, the chances of another pandemic caused by Covid-19 is very highly unlikely. But the virus is continually checking for vulnerable people. And those who let their guard down and become weak or compromised can get the virus and it can become serious or even fatal. The virus is not infecting persons fast enough to mutate. So by next winter Covid-19 may be completely gone


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