24 COVID-related deaths in the community
Twenty-four people who died at home are determined to have had COVID-19.
In a media release, the Ministry of Health and Wellness reported that over the last six weeks, the Coroner’s Office carried out COVID-19 testing on people who had died suddenly in the community, before being tested or accessing appropriate care.
The results revealed an additional 24 people who had died with COVID-19.
The number of COVID-19 related deaths therefore, as at May 8, 2022, stands at 430.
The policy of the Coroner’s Office is to rule out COVID-19 as the likely cause of death since autopsies cannot be performed on persons who are known to have died from or with COVID-19.
It must, however, be noted that, in all cases, the primary cause of death may not have been COVID-19 but this diagnosis was found at the time of death.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness is seeking to provide the public of Barbados with accurate information as it relates to COVID-19. (BGIS)