Barbados confirms additional 609 cases of COVID-19

From the 2,303 tests done on Wednesday, February 2, the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory detected 609 new COVID-19 cases, 278 males and 331 females.

Minister of Home Affairs
Minister of Home Affairs

Bridgetown: Barbados has confirmed additional 609 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. From the 2,303 tests done on Wednesday, February 2, the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory detected 609 new COVID-19 cases, 278 males and 331 females.

There were 119 people under the age of 18 in the cases, and 490 people over the age of 18.

According to government data, 187 people were admitted to the isolation centres, while 11,043 people were isolated at home.

At the Harrison’s Point Isolation Facility on Wednesday, an 89-year-old completely vaccinated woman died of COVID-19.

The infection has till date claimed 283 deaths as of February 2.

Since February 2020, the public health laboratory has performed 544,883 tests and identified 46,506 COVID-19 cases (21,554 males and 24,952 females).

The total number of people who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under the National Vaccination Program is 158,869 people (69.6 percent of the eligible population). 147,383 people have been fully immunised (54.4 per cent of the total population or 64.5 percent of the eligible population). Individuals aged 12 and up are included in the eligible population.

Dodds Prison COVID-19 outbreak

Officials at the island’s Dodds Prison acknowledged a COVID-19 epidemic, with more than 50 convicts and personnel testing positive so far. However, Minister of Home Affairs and Information Wilfred Abrahams stated the prison’s activities have been unaffected.

According to Abrahams, testing of prison officials who arrived for duty later in the day resulted in the finding of five cases that do not appear to be tied to the prior group of infections.

He added a member of staff who works in the prison’s kitchen tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the testing of all detainees and workers in the area between January 29 and 31. 18 male detainees tested positive on their initial test, and another 26 obtained positive findings from their second testing on Tuesday on Wednesday.