Jamaica Update, July 27, 2021: Insults hurled, apologies not proffered, and COVID-19 fraying nerves

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The problem-plagued Olympic Games in Tokyo finally got under way, and has proved a helpful distraction for Jamaicans fretting about COVID-19 and everything else. And we had some soothing rain – although it has been a contentious week, with insults flying here, there, and everywhere. Oh, and on a personal note…our roof is still leaking. And, as I have noted in previous posts, COVID “tun up.”

Caribbean: Some exciting political news. Firstly, in Saint Lucia there was an upheaval at the July 26 general elections. The somewhat conservative Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, a former Tourism Minister, was soundly defeated after five years in office and the new Prime Minister is former Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre, leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party. Chastanet’s United Workers Party won only two seats (he held on to his own), and interestingly two Independent candidates won seats. He made a gracious concession speech

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The rate of new infections is about twice as high in red counties as blue counties – The Washington Post

In the past two weeks, there have been about 237,000 new coronavirus cases recorded in counties that voted for President Biden last year — and 388,000 in counties that voted for Donald Trump. Adjusted for population, there have been about 126 new cases per 100,000 residents of blue counties and 278 new cases per 100,000 residents of red ones. On average, blue counties are seeing 10.2 new cases for every 100,000 residents, while red counties are seeing 19.5 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Source: The rate of new infections is about twice as high in red counties as blue counties – The Washington Post

Oregon Rep. Pleads Guilty to Allowing Violent Protesters Into State Capitol Through Backdoor

Former Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman has been banned from entering the Oregon Capitol building and its surrounds for the next 18 months after pleading guilty Tuesday to official misconduct. Last December, when the Capitol was closed due to the pandemic, Nearman opened a side door to allow a group of violent protestors inside. It led to a clash with police near the entrance. While explaining his actions to Marion County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Pellegrini, Nearman claimed he didn’t support what the group did upon entering but eventually admitted that he opened the door so he could “appear favorable to certain citizen groups.” Pellegrini drew parallels to the Jan 6. insurrection that happened a few weeks later. She ordered Nearman to perform 80 hours of community and pay the legislature $2,700 in restitution Source: Oregon Rep. Pleads Guilty to Allowing Violent Protesters Into State Capitol Through Backdoor

Lê Vĩnh Tài | TIBET (4/10)

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

Tibet

in the poets, the artists

nightmares

consistently you 

appear

 

paintings

poetry

you are in anguish shaking

while they’re quietly hiding

 

you’re aware

the artist doesn’t want to be awaken

to sadness, they’re afraid to display 

sleep laboured, deep

in the appearance of self-proclaimed gods

grinding their teeth

making a living 

lips clamped shut

 

the poem

maybe a person

a poet

or possibly a bird

a butterfly

 

it flies

with dark black wings

one wing in the dark

one wing in oblivion

unlike the seeds you’ve sown

yet bloomed

but your hope was always free

even when they deliberately upon thee

sow evil…

 

the artists blind with greed

walking on clouds

weaving through the canopies

like bats

causing the leaves

to wither

 

you’re aware of

the encouragement through the vernacular 

thus was no…

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US COVID prevalence likely 60% higher than reported, experts say | CIDRAP

About 65 million US residents (19.7%) likely had COVID-19 by Mar 7, the model shows. Until that point, only about 1 of every 2.3 infections had been confirmed, suggesting that about 60% of all infections had been unreported.

“Our results indicate that a large majority of COVID infections go unreported,” the authors wrote. “Even so, we find that the United States was still far from reaching herd immunity to the virus in early March 2021 from infections alone. This suggests that continued mitigation and an aggressive vaccination effort are necessary to surpass the herd-immunity threshold without incurring many more deaths due to the disease.”

Source: US COVID prevalence likely 60% higher than reported, experts say | CIDRAP

Cal State Campuses Will Require Proof Of Vaccination This Fall | LAist

Cal State University students, faculty members, and staffers will be required to get fully vaccinated against the coronavirus before attending in-person classes or activities this fall.

University officials made the announcement Tuesday, as they seek to stem the potential spread of COVID-19 on their 23 campuses.

Source: Cal State Campuses Will Require Proof Of Vaccination This Fall | LAist

Cambodia Seizes Virus-Tainted Meat Imported from India | Food Manufacturing

The Health Ministry said the virus was detected in three of the five shipping containers of frozen meat being brought in by a private company.

The contents of the three containers were to be destroyed later in the week, the ministry said in a statement.

Cambodia temporarily suspended imports from India during its massive surge in coronavirus cases earlier this year, but began allowing them again in recent weeks as the Indian numbers declined.

Source: Cambodia Seizes Virus-Tainted Meat Imported from India | Food Manufacturing

Global minimum estimates of children affected by COVID-19-associated orphanhood and deaths of caregivers: a modeling study – The Lancet (1,134,000)

Globally, from March 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021, we estimate 1,134 ,000 children (95% credible interval 884, 000–1 ,185, 000) experienced the death of primary caregivers, including at least one parent or custodial grandparent. 1, 562, 000 children (1, 299, 000–1, 683, 000) experienced the death of at least one primary or secondary caregiver. Countries in our study set with primary caregiver death rates of at least one per 1000 children included Peru (10·2 per 1000 children), South Africa (5·1), Mexico (3·5), Brazil (2·4), Colombia (2·3), Iran (1·7), the USA (1·5), Argentina (1·1), and Russia (1·0). Numbers of children orphaned exceeded numbers of deaths among those aged 15–50 years. Between two and five times more children had deceased fathers than deceased mothers. Source: Global minimum estimates of children affected by COVID-19-associated orphanhood and deaths of caregivers: a modelling study – The Lancet