A 74-year-old man is the second person to have died from COVID-19 in Barbados.
The patient, who tested positive for the viral illness on March 20, died on Monday morning (April 6), one day after Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic, announced the death of the first victim, an 81-year-old man.
The Ministry of Health revealed that the deceased—who had underlying medical conditions—was infected after coming into contact with another COVID-19 positive person. He had been in isolation since his diagnosis.
Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Anton Best, expressed sympathy on behalf of the Government and people of Barbados to the family and friends of the deceased.
He said that he was saddened that another Barbadian had succumbed to the illness, and it was particularly difficult to hear of a second death so soon after the first.