Barbados has recorded its first COVID-19 related death.
The victim is an 81-year-old man, with underlying medical issues, who travelled to the United Kingdom and returned to the island on March 22nd. He succumbed to COVID-19 and complications from diabetes. His 83-year-old wife was also tested positive for coronavirus. This was announced by Minister of Health Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic on Sunday, April 5th, at a news conference.
He also disclosed Barbados now has 56 cases; four new cases in the past 24 hours.
Six people have fully recovered from the virus and will be discharged from isolation today.
The Health Minister also assured Barbados has an adequate number of ventilators with more arriving every day and that there is no shortage. There are 48 ventilators currently on the island and 150 on order.