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April 6, 2020  WILLEMSTAD - Epidemiologist Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth confirmed this morning that two positive tests have been added to the COVID 19 cases in Curaçao. This makes a total of 13 cases. One has died, one is inconclusive meaning that the test results have not led to a firm conclusion. 7 are active and 5 have recovered from this virus.

“If we do not adhere to the measures, there is a good chance that more infections will be added. If we don't want to see an increase, we must keep this up for a while. If we come through lockdown through these weeks, we can see how and if we can relax the measures,” said the doctor.

Gerstenbluth also indicated that a video is circulating with an interview with a fellow parliamentarian, which has caused some confusion. “I don't really want to start a public discussion, but I would like to add some nuance: It is said that there would be more infections. I could never have denied that. It is said that we are hiding things, but the virus is still checked at this time. It is indeed not certain that this is the number of infections, it could be that this is higher. But only 3 people have been hospitalized altogether, 1 of whom has died and 1 has recovered. This means that there may not be many more, otherwise more people with serious complaints would be in the hospital. If more were to be tested, more infections could become known, but if you look at the figures worldwide, there may not be many more. For example, Aruba tests much more and also much more confirmed infections. Curacao has completed approximately 200 tests,” said the doctor.

Gerstenbluth indicated that the focus is on the virus not being able to spread locally anymore, so everybody needs to stick to the measures. More research needs to be done so that if there is another wave of infections, there are more solutions.

“I would like to emphasize once again that only 3 people ended up in the hospital, this is no more than what the figures worldwide indicate. I hear stories that people are afraid that the virus will spread more, but fortunately, we took early steps to limit it. To ensure the care capacity, we have taken these strict measures so quickly, otherwise, we will not be able to survive with the capacity in the hospital, 1 or 2 days later could have been too late. We are no better than the rest, but we had no choice but to implement these measures as soon as possible. It is now to be hoped that this quick decision will bear fruit.”

“It is not true that 80% of people have no symptoms, they have mild symptoms. About 3% have no symptoms at all. By saying such things, you create panic and the idea that it can spread faster than it does is not okay,” says the doctor during the daily briefing.

Most people who are infected are because people are too close to each other. Therefore, really keep 2 meters distance. It is not caused by airborne particles, but by direct human-to-human contact when sneezing or coughing, for example. Therefore, keep to the 2-meter distance.

“The way in which Prime Minister Mark Rutte from the Netherlands wants to build up immunity is a strategy that we cannot afford here on Curacao.”

Most of the face masks do not provide the assurance of not infecting, there is no clinical evidence that face masks help. We do not give incorrect information, even with a face mask you are not safe.

“Take a look around, there are not many people sick here on Curacao, so our strategy seems to work. Let's not get upset or spread information incorrectly,” said the doctor.

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Entertainment

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September 8, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — There will be something missing at two Whole Foods stores opening next year: the rows of cashiers. Amazon, which owns the grocery chain, said Wednesday that it will bring its cashier-less technology to two Whole Foods stores for the first time, letting shoppers grab what they need and leave without having to open their wallets. Cameras and sensors track what’s taken off shelves. Items are charged to an Amazon account after customers leave the store with them. But there will be an option for those who want to shop the old-fashioned way: Self-checkout lanes will be available that take cash, gift cards and other types of payment. Amazon first unveiled the cashier-less technology in 2018 at an Amazon Go convenience store and has expanded it to larger Amazon supermarkets. But it will be the first time it has appeared at Whole Foods, a chain of more than 500 grocery stores Amazon bought four years ago.

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