Barbados recorded two COVID-19 related deaths in two days: one on January 19, and the other on January 20. This brings the total number of deaths from the viral illness in the island to nine. The two males were both in their 80s, and had underlying conditions.
On January 19, 35 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded– 17 females and 18 males – out of the 902 tests done, and on January 20, 52 new positives (19 females and 33 males) were recorded out of the 2,355 tests carried out by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory. These represent a combination of locals and visitors.
This brings the total number of persons who have tested positive for the viral illness since March 16 to 1,243 – 497 females and 746 males. Their ages ranged from 1 to 95.
In the two days, 28 persons were also released from isolation – four and 24, respectively.
The total number of cases at Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds,as of January 20, is 352 – 94 staff and 258 male inmates.
Overall, there are now 641 active cases, and 593 persons have recovered to date.
The number of tests done by the public health laboratory since February 2020 is 96,327. (BGIS)