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Barbados confirms first two COVID-19 cases

Barbados has confirmed its first cases of the novel coronavirus following positive results from a female citizen and an American visitor.

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The announcement was made by the Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic during a Facebook live session this morning.

The Barbadian case is a 39-year-old who had travelled to the United States.

Bostic did not identify the sex of the American who is said to be 48-years-old. The American arrived on the island on March 13.

“Our priority now as a ministry is to ensure COVID-19 is contained and to do all in our power to prevent in country transmission. We are now at Stage 1 of our national COVID-19 preparedness plan where the primary focus is containment to prevent community spread.”

– Bostic

Both cases, who will remain in isolation, were among 14 that were tested. Confirmations were done by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory this morning.

Contact tracing protocols have been initiated to identify people who may have come in close contact with them. Identified contact individuals will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.