Sixty persons were released from isolation on Friday, February 5, while there were 20 new positive cases of COVID-19.

The new positives were diagnosed from the 220 tests conducted by the Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory.  There are now 309 active cases on the island.

One person, a 75-year-old woman and former patient of the Geriatric Hospital, died from COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the number of deaths from the viral illness to 18.

The 20 new cases identified on Friday comprise nine women and 11 men. Twelve of them had already been at the Harrison Point Isolation Facility undergoing assessment to determine whether their positive PCR test result showed that they were in fact newly positive, or whether they had COVID in the past and were no longer infectious.

Of the other eight cases, six are Barbadians and two are non-nationals.

The total number of persons diagnosed as positive at Her Majesty’s Prisons Dodds remains at 362.  Of these, 358 have recovered and the remaining four inmates are included in the active cases.

To date, Barbados has recorded 1,676 confirmed cases – 692 females, 984 males – and 1,349 persons have recovered.   So far, the public health laboratory has completed 106,256 tests.

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