(CMR) A second person has died from the coronavirus, COVID-19, in Barbados. This brings the island's death toll to two.
According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the deceased a 74-year-old man had underlying medical conditions. He was said to have become infected after coming into contact with another COVID-19 positive person.
Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Anton Best, said he was particularly saddened following the passing of the elderly man as it comes so soon after the country recorded its first death from the deadly virus.
“This is a sombre time for our country as we lose another person to this deadly disease. I ask our citizens to remain strong and to continue to be vigilant every day, taking every precaution to protect themselves against this illness,” said Best.
Best used the occasion to reinforce the message that Bajans should adhere to the curfew and practice social distancing, as the country grapples with containing the spread of COVID-19.
As of April 5, Barbados has sixty confirmed cases of the COVID-19; the patients include 31 females and 29 males. Fifty-two persons remain in isolation while six have been released.