2020 coronavirus pandemic in Barbados

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Barbados
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, China
Arrival date17 March 2020
(2 weeks and 2 days)
Confirmed cases45[1]

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Barbados in March 2020.


On 17 March 2020, the Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic confirmed the first two cases in Barbados. They will remain in isolation until they recover.[2]

On 19 March 2020, three more cases were confirmed,[3] bringing the total number of cases to five, including the husband of the first case, as well as a cruise ship passenger and a person from New York.[citation needed]

By 24 March 2020, there had been 18 confirmed cases in total.[4]

On 27 March 2020, the Minister of Health announced that the total number of cases reached 26. By that date, Barbados had conducted 234 tests overall.[5]

On 29 March 2020, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Anton Best, announced seven new cases taking the total number of cases up to 33. Of those cases 19 were imported, 11 were identified through contact tracing, and 2 were still being investigated. 16 of the cases were males and 17 were females. By that date, Barbados had conducted 287 tests overall and there was no evidence of community spread.[6]

On 30 March 2020, Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic announced one new case, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 34.[7]

On 1 April 2020, acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw announced that 11 tests were positive the day before, 31 March 2020, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 45 and the total number of tests performed to 382.[1]

Prevention efforts

As a result of the outbreak, the government closed all schools and limited gatherings to 25. On 19 March, the Government announced that all arrivals from the UK, Europe and the US would be quarantined for 14 days.[citation needed]

Public health emergency

On 26 March 2020, Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that the country reached 24 cases and would be entering stage three of the COVID-19 National Preparedness Plan:[8][9]

  • A public health emergency has been declared
  • A curfew from Saturday, March 28, to Tuesday, April 14, 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  • Persons are confined to their places of residence during curfew hours
  • Limited movement during the day
  • Continue to practise physical distancing of six feet between persons
  • The plan is being implemented in a phased manner based on the intensity of spread

Businesses in the private sector will be closed from 28 March 2020 by 8:00 pm until 15 April 2020, except for those excluded by the government such as groceries, pharmacies, gas stations and farms, with specific allowed operating hours for each type of business. Restaurants can open but only for drive-through and take away services.

People contravening the order without a reasonable explanation will be liable to a fine of BBD $50,000, one year in prison, or both.

See also


  1. ^ a b "COVID-19 Update (1st April, 2020) feat. Acting PM Hon. Santia Bradshaw, M.P". PMOBarbados YouTube Channel. 1 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Barbados records two cases of COVID-19". nationnews. 17 March 2020.
  3. ^ Gooding, Kerri (19 March 2020). "COVID-19: Three more tests come back positive in Barbados". Loop News Barbados. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  4. ^ "COVID- 19 Update: Only one new case today". Barbados Today. 24 March 2020.
  5. ^ "Barbados COVID-19 cases stand at 26 as of March 27, 1 pm". Loop News. 27 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  6. ^ "COVID-19 Update: National Count At 33". GIS Barbados. 29 March 2020.
  7. ^ "34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Barbados". nationnews. 30 March 2020.
  8. ^ "COVID-19: Barbados enters Stage 3, curfew from March 28". Loop Barbados. 26 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Extracts - Emergency Management (COVID-19) Order, 2020". GIS Barbados. 27 March 2020.
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