Press Conference & COVID-19 Update (April 5, 2020)

Press Conference & COVID-19 Update (April 5, 2020)

Posted by Barbados Government Information Service on Sunday, April 5, 2020
Press conference and COVID-19 update with Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic. (April 5, 2020)

Barbados last night recorded its first death from COVID-19.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, informed the nation this morning that the deceased is an 81-year-old Barbadian man, who travelled to the United Kingdom, and returned to Barbados on March 22.

He, along with his wife, 83, was tested for COVID-19 yesterday, Saturday, after reporting symptoms.  They both tested positive for the viral illness.

Speaking at a press briefing at Ilaro Court, the Health and Wellness Minister reported that the man, who had underlying medical conditions, deteriorated rapidly after being admitted into care.

He stated: “I was informed of his death late last night from COVID-19-related pneumonia and complications of diabetes.

“I take this opportunity to extend deepest condolences from the Government and people of Barbados to the family and friends of the deceased and ask you to take solace in knowing that the God we serve continues to keep you and all of us in His care.”

Minister Bostic expressed gratitude to the medical professionals, who, he noted, at great personal risk to themselves, continue to care for and treat those infected with COVID-19 and who provided this patient “with the best available medical care”.            

He continued: “These brave Barbadians, the other public health staff directly involved in the Covid-19 response and the entire cohort of staff working in the public and private sectors to maintain the high quality health care that Barbados has become known for, deserve our support, our prayers and our deepest respect.”

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