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COVID-19 deaths in Barbados at 18


COVID-19 deaths in Barbados at 18

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Barbados’ deaths related to the COVID-19 virus have now skyrocketed to 18, after two more elderly citizens passed away in the space of the last 48 hours.

The country had entered 2021 with just seven cases, but the latest two make it 11 in less than a month.

And Minister of Health Jeffrey Bostic, is quite concerned about the upsurge that is affecting the country as part of a second spike of the virus.

In a statement released by Government’s Covid Communications Unit moments ago, it was confirmed that a third and fourth Barbadian have died between yesterday and this morning, bringing the death toll from the virus to 18.

The island’s latest COVID-19 casualties are an 83-year-old man, who passed away at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday.

The senior citizen had lived alone and on Wednesday, after not being seen for some time, friends and neighbours broke into his rural home in an attempt to help him.

He was found to be unwell and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was seen in the Accident and Emergency Department. He died there, upping the death toll to 17.

Then this morning, a 75-year-old female passed away at the Isolation Facility located at Harrison Point, St Lucy. The woman was a former patient of the Geriatric Hospital in St Michael when she took ill.

“The majority of our seniors are getting infected in their homes, through contact with close relatives, care givers and friends who are circulating in public and are then in contact with the elderly,” the minister bemoaned.

“This shows the importance of being our neighbours’ keeper and looking out for each other. This is a time to get back the traditional community spirit and support each other,” he said after offering condolences to the families of the two Barbadians. (BA)

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