Five people test positive for virus
The Ministry of Health and Wellness said five visitors have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after retests. Their results were among 426 returned by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory today.
Meanwhile, five people will be released from isolation today.
The new cases are two men, aged 28 and 35, who arrived on British Airways on October 10 and 12 respectively; and three women – a 19-year-old who arrived on American Airlines on October 8, a 37-year-old who arrived on Trans Guyana on September 30, and a 35-year-old who came in on Air Canada on September 24. The female visitor from Canada is a contact of a previous case confirmed on September 29.
Head of the isolation facilities, Dr Corey Forde, today reported that there are now 16 people in isolation, including two who are critically ill. The two are both Barbadian, an 81-year-old male and a 76-year-old male, who are currently not on ventilators but are receiving oxygen.
Meanwhile, 192 people have recovered. Barbados has recorded 215 cases of COVID-19 and the public health laboratory has completed 29 017 tests. (BGIS)