Barbados records first Omicron case

Barbados on Thursday (December 30) recorded its first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

The country’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kenneth George made the revelation while providing a COVID-19 update. 

“We have had confirmation of Omicron by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA ) Laboratory, a single case, and to date that is the only confirmed case we have had,” the CMO said.

“However, I must cushion that by saying that we have been doing testing, preliminary sequencing at the Best-Dos Santos and there is also preliminary evidence that Omicron is established in Barbados,” he added.

Dr. George declined to disclose where the person who tested positive for the variant was from.

He however, went on to say that it was no surprise that Barbados had now joined the list of countries recording the presence of Omicron.

The CMO also expressed concern that cases of COVID 19 in Barbados were on the rise.

“We have 247 new cases out of approximately 1483 tests and this number has increased over the last week,” the CMO said.

“Our indices are trending upwards again;” the CMO added.