Friday, September 30, 2022

Barbados: 64-Year Old Saint Lucian Succumbs To COVID-19

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A 64-year old Saint Lucian national succumbed to COVID-19 on Sunday morning at Harrison’s Point Isolation Facility in Barbados, local reports say.

According to the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS), the man had been at the facility for seven days, had no pre-existing illnesses, and was unvaccinated.

On Monday, the BGIS reported that confirmed virus cases since March 2020 had reached 9,205 (4,498 males and 4,707 females), while the death toll from COVID-19 is 81.

“The laboratory has, to date, carried out 326,487 tests,” it disclosed, adding that Public health officials have administered 138,666 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccines under the National Vaccination Programme.

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In contrast, 107,470 persons (39.7 percent of the population) have received second doses and are fully vaccinated.

Barbados Today¬†reported that Prime Minister Mia Mottley insisted on Sunday that mandatory vaccinations would undermine Barbados’ social capital.

“If we try to divide this country rather than taking the long road and trying to persuade people and talk people through things, then we will find that we may well end up destroying the social capital that has been very much the foundation for our modern success,” the Barbados PM was quoted as saying.

However she stressed that Government would redouble its efforts this week to coax more Barbadians to get vaccinated.

Headline photo: Internet stock image

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