(CMR) The Barbados government has extended a curfew implemented at the start of the year to help address a major rise in COVID-19 cases.
The curfew, which goes from 9 pm to 5 am, was expected to end on Thursday, January 14; however, it has been extended to January 31.
This extension comes as the country works to bring a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases under control.
Up to Tuesday, Barbados had recorded 1,007 confirmed cases, 395 females and 612 males; 465 persons have recovered. The number of COVID-19 related deaths was seven.
On December 25, Barbados had 347 confirmed cases of people with the coronavirus; however, there has been a major increase since the start of 2021, including a major outbreak at the Her Majesty’s Prisons, Dodds.
There have been over 600 confirmed cases since the start of this year.
The country recorded its largest outbreak of more than 200 cases between Friday, January 1, and Saturday, January 2, 2021.
This major increase was linked to a Bus Crawl event held on December 26 and the island's prison outbreak.