Over the previous three weeks, the Coroner’s Office conducted COVID-19 testing on persons who died suddenly or unnaturally in the community before being tested or receiving necessary care, according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness. An additional 11 people were identified as having succumbed to COVID-19 symptoms. As of Tuesday, May 31, 2022, there have been 461 deaths related to this contagion.
The Coroner’s Office’s policy is to rule out COVID-19 as the cause of death since autopsies can’t be done on patients who have died from or developed COVID-19. It must be stated however that in all situations, the primary cause of death may not be COVID-19. Rather, this diagnosis was confirmed while recording the time of death of the patients.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness is committed to providing Barbadians with accurate information about COVID-19. Minister of Health and Wellness Ian Gooding-Edghill has expressed his sympathies to the deceased patients’ family and close contacts.