There is currently no infection of the COVID-19 community in Barbados, says Health and Welfare Minister Jeffrey Bostik, but authorities are investigating five of the ten new cases of concern.
Bostik made an announcement earlier Thursday during an unexpected national speech from the Iraro Court featuring Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Senator Jerome Walcott.
“These incidents are of concern to us as they are not currently associated with people who have recently traveled,” said Bostik.
“In other words, five cases suggest that there is a local infection. Again, it is a local transmission. At this time, the community is not widespread in Barbados.”
The Minister of Health said two of these five cases were prison officers and that a large-scale testing campaign would take place in His Majesty’s prison Dodds. This includes all prisoners, prison officers and civilian staff who will be re-examined within 5 days. All resources of the province will be allocated to perform the other three contact tracings.
Dr. Kenneth George, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said the five cases of concern were two Christchurch men aged 37 and 18, a 28-year-old man in St. James, and a 43-year-old woman in St. James, respectively. Said. A 43-year-old man from Thomas and St. James.
George said contact tracing has already begun and steps have been taken to test all individuals associated with each case.
“This has been done before on the National Assistance Commission. George reminded the general public when he asked the public to” endure with us “during a contact tracing exercise by public health authorities. I did. (SAT)
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