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Elderly woman Barbados’ latest COVID-19 death


Elderly woman Barbados’ latest COVID-19 death

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness has extended condolences to the family of the 91-year-old woman who is now Barbados’ latest coronavirus (COVID-19) fatality.

Her passing brings to ten the number of people in Barbados who have died from COVID-19 since the first case was diagnosed here in March 2020, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

“The senior citizen, who had a history of hypertension and diabetes, presented to the Accident and Emergency Department of the QEH with acute respiratory symptoms on January 23, one day ago.

“Given these symptoms, the patient was tested for COVID-19 and the lab confirmed the test result as positive. The elderly lady was transferred to the specialised infectious diseases unit at Enmore, which is equipped to deal with COVID-19 cases, but passed away this morning,” the statement noted.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Jeffrey Bostic, has reminded members of the public to wear masks which cover their noses and mouths, sanitise or wash their hands regularly with soap and water and keep six feet away from people who do not live in their household.

The Minister has also urged families and members of the same household to exercise care in their interactions with each other.

“The Ministry of Health and Wellness is urging all Barbadians to seek medical help early if they are having difficulty breathing or experiencing flu-like symptoms. This is extremely important when dealing with elderly persons.” (PR)