Barbados reports first death from coronavirus: health minister

FILE PHOTO: Shoppers line up at a supermarket the day before a 24-hour curfew, which runs until April 14, in St Michael, Barbados April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Nigel Browne

BRIDGETOWN (Reuters) – Barbados on Sunday reported its first death from the new coronavirus after an 81-year-old man with diabetes died from pneumonia, the country’s health minister said.

The Barbadian man had returned from the United Kingdom on March 22, according to Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic. Barbados now has 56 confirmed coronavirus cases after conducting 527 tests, he added.

Reporting by Robert Edison Sandiford; writing by Drazen Jorgic; editing by Diane Craft

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