There’s no “alarming” outbreak of coronavirus cases within the Muslim community, a leading spokesman said Monday as he countered claims in a viral audio message.
Secretary of the Barbados Muslim Association Sulieman Bulbulia told Barbados TODAY while a number of positive cases have been confirmed, there was no widespread outbreak.
He did not provide numbers but made clear that health authorities are on top of the situation.
Bulbulia said: “It is not widespread as purported in the voice note going around, we do have some cases, it is not widespread, it is not huge numbers.”
A voice note circulating via WhatsApp claimed there were a lot of Muslim brothers and families who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Bulbulia said Muslims have been working with the authorities and have been coming forward for testing.
He said the community has been adhering to the protocols and the focus is now on ensuring that members remain alert to protect themselves.
“By and large the protocols have been in place and are being adhered to,” he said. “The whole point is to make our community more conscious of the protocols, of following the rules and regulations and not dropping the guard at any point in time.”
With strict coronavirus restrictions in place, Muslims have continued to worship, Bulbulia said.
He told Barbados TODAY: “The places of worship are being inspected by the COVID Unit and they are being given the respective numbers of how many they can accommodate at six feet spacing, so all that is in place. The wearing of masks is in place, the sanitizing is in place.
“So the measures have been in place since the pandemic began and the places of worship have been following the guidelines as was set by Government and adjusted accordingly as the guidelines change and progress.”
Barbados TODAY has reached out to the Ministry of Health for comment on the development.