Four persons tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total number of persons who have tested positive for the viral illness since March 16 to 60 – 31 females and 29 males. A 74-year-old man is the second person to have died from the coronavirus, COVID-19 in Barbados.
Of those, 52 remain in isolation; six have been released and two have passed away. Their ages range from seven-years-old to 95.
The new cases include a 95-year-old male, who is critically ill. The others are a 47-year-old female, who was infected by a known contact; and a 57-year-old female and an 84-year-old female, who travelled abroad.
A total of 30 tests were done yesterday at the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory, and 557 have been carried out since testing started on February 11.
A 74-year-old man is the second person to have died from the coronavirus, COVID-19 in Barbados.
The patient, who tested positive for the viral illness on March 20, died this morning, one day after Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, announced the death of the first victim, an 81-year-old man.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness revealed that the deceased, who had underlying medical conditions, was infected after coming into contact with another COVID-19 positive person. He had been in isolation since his diagnosis.
Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Anton Best, today expressed sympathy on behalf of the Government and people of Barbados to the family and friends of the deceased.
He said that he was saddened that another Barbadian had succumbed to the viral illness, and it was particularly difficult to hear of a second death so soon after the first.
He stated: “This is a sombre time for our country as we lose another person to this deadly disease. I ask our citizens to remain strong and to continue to be vigilant every day, taking every precaution to protect themselves against this illness.”
The Acting CMO appealed to residents to observe the curfew by staying off the streets, thereby helping health officials to contain the spread of COVID-19. (BGIS)