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Bus crawl a ‘super spreader event’


Bus crawl a ‘super spreader event’
Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic. (GP)

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A bus crawl attended by officers of the Barbados Prison Service and the Barbados Defence Force on December 26 is being considered by Government as a super spreader of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Barbados.

So said Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic during a live Press Conference at Ilaro Court, which began after 8 p.m. today. He noted that 17 prison officers and four BDF officers attended the bus crawl.

Bostic had announced yesterday during a press conference that of ten new positive cases of COVID-19 recorded then, two were prison officers.

Aggressive contact tracing was started last night and will be completed by tomorrow, Bostic said tonight.

The minister said so far, there are 45 more confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. The cases include 32 prison officers and four officers of the BDF. The minister said about 200 members of Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds have been tested so far.

He noted that there are over 100 cases of COVID-19 under active investigation.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley, Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams, chairman of the Cabinet COVID-19 Sub-committee Senator Dr Jerome Walcott and Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Kenneth George also addressed the press conference. (KG)