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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:56 am 
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Well, I've been gone a week and...nothing much has changed for the better, I'm afraid.

Other than Sunday/Monday reports (when there are low numbers due to little testing on the weekend), the island continues to have approximately 100 cases/day.

For Wednesday, there were 141 new positive cases (all locals), while 58 people were marked as "recovered." There are now 1,364 active cases.

There were 386 people tested (291 residents, and 95 at the airport).

In a press conference Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister indicated that 70% of the infections are between relatives and house members of already infected people, while 20% seem to be work related. As of now, no changes to any protocols will be made, though in the next two weeks if the numbers don't improve, they will consider additional measures (including a tighter curfew, and a ban on alcohol - whatever that means, exactly.) Once again, the Prime Minister expressed her hope that everyone will step up and improve their behavior to get this under control.

In the hospital, there are 27 patients in the "covid ward", and 11 in ICU. The hospital has announced that, to keep their staff and facilities able to handle the increased number of covid cases, they are putting a temporary hold on any non-emergency surgery and any "day patient" services. In addition, they are preparing (with Dutch assistance) to increase the number of beds available for covid patients.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 6:07 am 
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Also here in the Netherlands it is reported that since 9/1 6 more people that traveled to Aruba got Covid while being back less than 14 days (ofcourse not sure if they gor it on the island).


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:34 am 
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sad to see that the local people don't seem to be taking this seriously. hoping they will start a downward trend soon. a ban on alcohol????

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:36 am 
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My guess would say that 'ban on alcohol' translates to closing down bars. Given how close to each other folks get in and at bars, it could create a sure spot for transmission of the virus.

This prime minister seems pretty namby-pamby about all this. Where's the iron hand when it's needed? They had no problems putting the hammer down on tourists! Time to slam their own for a change!

And the government waste of money is a prime reason their economy will not take off especially in the face of a non-resurgent supply of money from tourists who are becoming reluctant to go there because the locals are their own worst enemy.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:43 am 
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leftyjy wrote:
My guess would say that 'ban on alcohol' translates to closing down bars. Given how close to each other folks get in and at bars, it could create a sure spot for transmission of the virus.

This prime minister seems pretty namby-pamby about all this. Where's the iron hand when it's needed? They had no problems putting the hammer down on tourists! Time to slam their own for a change!

And the government waste of money is a prime reason their economy will not take off especially in the face of a non-resurgent supply of money from tourists who are becoming reluctant to go there because the locals are their own worst enemy.



Bars and clubs have been closed since early August (the mistake perhaps was in allowing them to open prior) . Additional monitoring of those in isolation or quarantine will be instituted (not sure what those are...perhaps Bryanzs knows) with violation fines of 1,000 florins first offense. Follow the news....Aruba's violators are not different than those in USA and other places and the biggest offenders appear to be the younger folks....look at the results in USA colleges that have opened....I do congratulate Northeastern..."you and your parents signed the protocol, you broke the rules, good bye and no we are not returning the $36,000 you already paid!" It is easy for all of us to say what others should do....but first we need to clean up our own backyard :lol:

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