Sunday 31 May, 2020

Barbados' youngest COVID-positive patient is a 20-year-old

Barbados' youngest COVID-positive patient is 20 years old.

As of yesterday, testing in Barbados ramped up with as many as 26 tests being conducted on March 26.

According to the Health Minister Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic: "I believe yesterday was the highest number of tests that were done and we will continue in this vein. We will be doing more and more, because it is very important for us to do so, and I'm really, really happy.

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"And I thank the Honourable Prime Minister for making the resources available to the Ministry to be able to purchase testing kits. This now puts us in the position to test several more persons and we are doing that and will continue to do that."

Barbados now has 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Health Minister made the disclosure from the floor of Parliament this afternoon around 1 pm.

Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Best told Loop News that as it relates to the cases to date, the youngest patient who tested positive is a 20-year-old woman and the oldest COVID-positive patient is a 76-year-old woman.

This news comes less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Mia Mottley addressed the nation to announce that cases had reached 24 and Barbados would be proceeding to Stage 3 in its COVID-19 response plan. 

A curfew is to go into effect in Barbados from March 28 at 8 pm.

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