Three new COVID-19 cases


he following are key points from the daily briefing on the COVID-19 coronavirus by the Government of Barbados. Prime Minister Mia Mottley led the announcement at Ilaro Court this afternoon.

  • Three new positive COVID-19 tests were recorded by the lab here in Barbados.
  • One is the husband of a woman who tested positive.
  • The second is a 60-year-old Barbadian man who came in from New York over the weekend.
  • The third test came on the request from a cruise ship. That person, a male crew member, never came ashore.
  • Contact tracing and testing continue.
  • There is to be no shore leave from that cruise ship.
  • The Government of Barbados will continue to facilitate the flights out for cruise passengers.
  • The last flight leaves on Sunday.
  • Any person arriving from New York, Europe or the United Kingdom will be quarantined for 14 days, and in the case of Barbadians, will have to undergo self-quarantine.
  • That quarantine system will go into effect on Sunday, March 22.
  • There will be a significant reduction in flights. WestJet finishes on Saturday, Air Canada finishes in “ten days or so” and American Airlines will soon cease flights until early May.
  • The air and sea ports will not be closed because the island still needs to have access to the outside world.
  • A meeting with the unions and the private sector yesterday concluded the borders should not be closed, but there will be a significant reduction in traffic.
  • The Prime Minister appealed to those over 70 years to stay at home, and those with underlying conditions should consult their doctor about staying home.
  • The Prime Minister said Harrison’s Point, St Lucy, should finish in two or three weeks.
  • Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds will address the nation at a later date.
  • Barbados is still in Stage 1.

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