Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Barbados records second COVID-19 related death

A second person has passed away from the novel coronavirus in Barbados.

The deceased is a 74-year-old man.

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The patient tested positive for the viral illness on March 20 and died on Monday, April 6. His death comes a day after Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic, announced the death of the first victim, an 81-year-old Barbadian man. 

The Ministry of Health and Wellness revealed that the74-year-old had underlying medical conditions and was infected after coming into contact with another COVID-19 positive person.  He had been in isolation since his diagnosis. 

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best expressed sympathy on behalf of the Government and people of Barbados to the family and friends of the deceased. 

He said he was saddened that another Barbadian had succumbed to the illness, adding that 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.” 

Dr Best further appealed to residents to observe the curfew by staying off the streets.

Barbados now has 60 confirmed cases, six recoveries and two deaths.

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