Hiccups: “Why the world’s most vaccinated country is seeing an unprecedented spike in Covid-19 cases” 7May2021

In the Washington Post, article by Adam Taylor, also available at iol.co.za/

Washington – As the Seychelles began to offer free coronavirus vaccinations early this year, President Wavel Ramkalawan told reporters that the country was planning to reach herd immunity within weeks.

…The effort initially seemed to be a success. The Seychelles stands as the most vaccinated nation on Earth, with more than 60% of its population fully vaccinated, more than other vaccine giants such as Israel and Britain, and almost twice the United States’ rate of vaccination.

But that success has been undermined this week as the Seychelles has found itself with its largest number of new coronavirus cases per capita, and has been forced to reinstate a number of restrictions.

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Indian Calamity 28Apr2021

India COVID death toll tops 200,000 as essential supplies run out (Al Jazeera, Apr 28, 2021) “India’s death toll from COVID-19 has crossed the grim milestone of 200,000 as the country continued to face shortages of hospital beds, medical oxygen and other essential supplies.
A calamitous second wave of the coronavirus has seen at least 300,000 people test positive each day for the past seven days, overwhelming health facilities and crematoriums and prompting an increasingly urgent response from allies overseas sending equipment…According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India accounted for 38 percent of the 5.7 million cases reported globally last week.”

The images are haunting.

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Community Spread again 23Apr2021

After weeks or months of essentially no community spread, the genie got out of the box again.

View 38 new cases of COVID-19 announced in Nova Scotia on Thursday, April 22 by Tim Bousquet in the Halifax Examiner.
UPDATE Apr 28, 2021: We are back on lockdwon

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Vaccine in the family

It’s one year since we cut short our time away to come home because of the pandemic, and already my spouse has an appt. for vaccine, AstraZeneca. No one thought anything like that was possible a year ago.

How the Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Works
By Jonathan Corum and Carl Zimmer
NY Times Mar 11, 2021

People are talking about a 4th wave, new strains…

COVID research updates: Concerns emerge over a COVID vaccine’s prowess against a variant
Nature News March 17, 2021 Nature wades through the literature on the coronavirus — and summarizes key papers as they appear.

Covid remains low in Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia reports 1 new COVID-19 death, 3 new active cases (CBC Mar 18, 2021_

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A worrisome little uptick

On the other hand, my spouse will soon get a vaccine. No complaints in NS, for now at least! But the Newfoundland  mega-uptick shows we can’t be complacent.

The bubbles get smaller.

UPDATE Feb 26, 2021: 10 new cases today, “the highest number the province has seen since Jan. 6” “Circuit-breaker” restrictions put in place Feb 26, 2021


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What happened to the flu?

a.m. of Jan 23, 2021 in Halifax, NS

As I looked out the window yesterday to rising sun and fresh snow I exclaimed ‘What a glorious morning, I can’t wait to get out and enjoy it, no Covid [in our bubble and in most of Nova Scotia} and nothing else in the respiratory system.’
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For the record Dec 26, 2020

Xmas Kale

“Nova Scotia received its first allotment of 1,950 doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine today, Dec. 15.” – News Release and the vial from the first dose is already in the NS Museum (CBC Dec 22, 2020).
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Dec 2, 2020: “second wave under control”

It doesn’t quite feel that way right now, but maybe that’s because the global situation is so unsettling.

The bizaare weather adds to it. Yesterday, Dec 4, I found some mayflower in flower. Temp ~ 12 degrees.

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Oh Oh

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‘realize need to keep a diary

Potential exposure to COVID-19 at Halifax supermarket

Thursday, November 12, 2020 – 04:22PM
Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at Atlantic Superstore (1075 Barrington St, Halifax) on Nov. 7 between 9 and 10 a.m.
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