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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Barbados|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, China|
|Arrival date||17 March 2020|
(2 weeks and 2 days)
On 19 March 2020, three more cases were confirmed, 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.
By 24 March 2020, there had been 18 confirmed cases in total.
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.
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.
On 30 March 2020, Minister of Health and Wellness Jeffrey Bostic announced one new case, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 34.
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.
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.
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.