The new cases come following what the Ministry of Health has described as a super spreader event – a bus crawl which took place on Saturday, December 26th, 2020.
Minister of Health Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic confirmed that out of those 45 cases, 32 are prison officers from Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds, and 4 are personnel from the Barbados Defence Force. The 4 BDF personnel and 17 of the prison officers attended the bus crawl.
So far 200 of the over 300 staff members of the Prison Service have been tested, and the remainder of them should be tested by midnight.
Testing of prisoners has started and is expected to finish by tomorrow morning.