BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados has recorded its first two COVID-19 deaths since April 2020, bringing the total to nine, Minister of Health and Wellness Lieutenant-Colonel Jeffrey Bostic disclosed on Wednesday.
During a televised press conference to update the country on the COVID-19 situation, he said the deceased were two elderly males.
The latest victim was 83 years old.
“Yesterday, an attempt was made to have him booked into a small nursing home in the south of the country, where he would’ve spent approximately an hour and a half before he was taken to the Accident and Emergency Department, where he passed away. Our sincerest condolences are extended to the family and friends of the deceased,” Bostic said.
He stated that while contact tracing was underway at the nursing home, there was no need for people to panic since the level of exposure “would have been limited”, and assured that the situation was being well managed by public health officials.
Meanwhile, investigations into the death of an 84-year-old man, who presented to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department on January 16, have confirmed that he had COVID-19.
“A policy decision has been taken that as long as a person who passes away and had respiratory symptoms, test positive, we would count that as a COVID-19 death. This means we are now at death number nine because the eighth person, which I would’ve mentioned some time ago that is now a COVID-19 death,” Bostic explained.
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