meanwhile, say they will look elsewhere
for a supply of ventilators after American
authorities intercepted and seized a
shipment of 120 destined for the island
late last week.
“They were seized in the United
States. Paid for, but seized, so we are
trying to see exactly what is going to
transpire there,” Health Minister Jeff
Bostic Bostic told reporters. “But I
remind you that ventilators are one of
the most in-demand items in the world
today and Barbados is merely wrestling
with the other 203 countries and territories
around the world seeking to
secure as many of these pieces of equipment
As the Easter weekend approaches,
several governments including The
Bahamas and Jamaica are preparing
to reinforce dusk to dawn curfews and
total lockdowns of countries to limit
public contact and to ensure social distancing
guidelines are met.
Bahamians rushed to supermarkets,
stores and petrol filling stations at midweek
ahead of a Wednesday to Tuesday
morning total lockdown of the archipelago.
The Tribune Newspaper warned
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that the total shutdown would be tough
but said it is necessary.
“When the country shuts down again
on Wednesday, through the Easter
Weekend until it returns to 24-hour
curfew status on Tuesday morning, it
will be an experience few of us will have
experienced. In other words, get used
to it. It will be hard. But it is necessary.
The restrictions we’ve had to deal with
so far will be magnified, just as they
were at the weekend past. There will be
no going out. There will be no places
to go out to. No stores will be open. No
gas stations to fill your tank. No bars
or restaurants,” the paper said in an
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tackling inequality head on and ensuring
that universal healthcare access is
a right, not a privilege. This is call to
action. Let’s heed it.”
The preliminary data released on
Wednesday shows that of the fatalities
in New York City, 34 percent of the
people were Hispanic and 28 percent
Hispanics make up 29 percent of
the city’s total population, and Black
people make up 22 percent.
By comparison, Whites make up 32
percent of the population and account
for 27 percent of the fatalities.
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams,
the son of Grenadian immigrants, said
the data “confirms and reinforces what
we’ve seen over years and decades of
“These ingrained injustices have
always been there, often ignored by
many in power, but these numbers
show the harsh truth – the bias has a
body count,” he said. “From both the
city and the state, the data released
consistently shows that New Yorkers
killed by COVID-19 are disproportionately
Black or Latino – in New York
City, over 60 percent.”
But even these statistics are incomplete
and undercounted, Williams
added, stating that city data shows
that, in as high as 37 percent of fatalities,
race is unknown.
“As I have said, we need to know
the racial breakdown in rates of testing
and of positive confirmed cases to
find and correct these clear failures,”
he said. “The coronavirus may not discriminate,
but the response, or lack of
response, clearly has.”
On Tuesday, Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor
Y. Myrie and his Bronx colleague, Sen.
Jamaal Bailey, called on top city and
state health officials to provide demographic
data on how the COVID-19 crisis
was affecting communities of color.
“Today, that data was released, and
as we expected, it is distressing,” said
Myrie, representative for the 20th
Senatorial District. “There’s no sugarcoating
it: Black and Latinx people
are dying at higher rates than other
“While our Latinx friends and
neighbors make up 29 percent of the
population, they have represented 34
percent of the deaths. Black people
make up 22 percent of the population,
yet they have represented 28 percent of
the deaths,” Myrie stressed. “Each and
every one of these losses is a tragedy
that might have been avoided in a more
Myrie and Bailey wrote in their letter
that communities of color are at
higher risk of the harms of COVID-19
due to higher rates of working in the
service sector, taking public transit,
renting, and experiencing co-morbidities
that make them more vulnerable
to the virus.
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Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew
Holness. Jamaica Information Service /
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