The Acting Chief Medical Officer in Barbados, Dr. Anton Best, has painted a grim picture concerning the COVID-19 situation in his country.
“We have a dire situation on our hands folks. The Delta variant is a game-changer,” Best declared as he addressed a news conference on Thursday, explaining that Delta has made containing infections extremely difficult.
He observed that Barbados had experienced a very high number of COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks.
“If you look at the rate of cases in August or the total number of cases in August of this year, we had 689 cases. In September, we had 3,500 cases of COVID detected, that’s a 500 percent increase in the number of cases. And so far, for October, we’ve had over 1,000 cases,” Best disclosed.
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He noted that as a result, the country had already surpassed the total tally for August.Best also bemoaned that Barbados has a low COVID-19 vaccine uptake while he asserted that the vaccines are safe and effective.
“They can reduce transmission risk, but most importantly, they reduce the severity of the disease,” Best stated.
“We are also concerned about the number of people that are dying of COVID-19,” he added.
“More people are going to die when there is more spread of COVID-19 in the community, so we really need people to understand what we are dealing with,” he said.
Best disclosed that the Home Isolation Programme was started because there was no choice but to have persons who were COVID-19 positive in the community.
Barbados Today reported on Friday that the rollout of home isolation for COVID positive individuals has provided a much truer understanding of the sheer magnitude of the surge with nearly 1,500 people being registered within the first four days of implementation.
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