Friday 3 April, 2020

COVID-19: Barbados confirms three more cases

Prime Minister Mia Mottley at Ilaro Court

Prime Minister Mia Mottley at Ilaro Court

Barbados now has recorded five positive tests for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), after three more cases were confirmed on Thursday,

"As of midday today (March 19) there are three new cases that have been confirmed - two for Barbados, and one which we facilitated for a cruise line.

"The first case today was the spouse of the visiting female who was one of the first two people to be tested and found positive two days ago," Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said.

The man, who is in his 40s, "never left her side and was in isolation with her even when she went into isolation as soon as the testing was done. Therefore, it is no surprise to the medical officials that he has tested positive."

The second new case for Barbados was that of a 60-year-old Barbadian who allegedly arrived over the weekend from New York, "and who developed symptoms soon after arriving in Barbados."

The prime minister said that the elderly Barbadian was already being monitored "for a few days".

Admitting to having refused some previous requests from one cruise line to conduct "some five or six tests", considering the number of test kits and capacity Barbados had at the time, the country's leader said that on this occasion Barbados has conducted a test on a crew member from one of the cruise ships docked off Barbados' shores.

"The third individual is a request from the cruise lines, one who has never lived in Barbados and in fact has never been to Barbados. I am told that he was in isolation from the time that he started to feel bad, and the cruise line asked us if we would facilitate the testing of him in order that they may take the appropriate precautions."

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