Saturday 31 October, 2020

Barbados Health Ministry shoots down coronavirus rumor

There’s no coronavirus in Barbados currently.

One day after the Minister of Health said that in addition to protecting Barbadians from the new virus, that his Ministry will be rolling out a campaign to educate and combat the spread of misinformation, a voice note spread across Barbados like wild fire claiming that a young Bajan  Chinese, who had returned to the island from China, was infected, and that his illness led to the closure of a St Michael mall.

In a press release this evening, the Ministry of Health and Wellness stated “categorically that there are no cases of coronavirus in Barbados at this time. No business has been closed in connection with the coronavirus.”

​Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Arthur Phillips, today cautioned Barbadians against spreading rumours which had the potential to create unnecessary panic in the society. He reiterated that the Ministry had instituted very strong surveillance measures at the island’s ports of entry which had so far proven very effective. 

Any person entering Barbados from the affected regions who show no symptoms of illness are quarantined for 14 days.

And on the other hand, in the event that travellers exhibit symptoms, they will be immediately isolated.

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