According to Barbados Health officials, 9 out of the 95 nurses who arrived in Bridgetown, the capital of the Caribbean nation late July on a two-year contract have tested positive for the locally transmitted coronavirus that has claimed at least 175 lives in Ghana.
The Health official who confirmed the cases at a press conference on August 2, 2020, monitored by Georgeweb.org said COVID-19 tests were conducted on 248 persons of which 9 Ghanaian nurses tested positive and the rest negative.
Dr Kenneth George, the Chief Medical Officer of Best Dos-Santos Public health Laboratory said they showed no similar symptoms of the virus and are “are likely to be in the recovery phase”, but with one person in the acute phase.
He added that everyone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus was immediately placed in isolation.
The Chief Medical Officer said that all the of the nurses went into 14-day quarantine immediately they arrived in the country.
Dr Kenneth George further advised those who attended the welcoming ceremony for the nurses at the Grantley Adams International Airport to separate themselves from others to slow a possible spread of the virus.
The Chief Medical Officer of Best Dos-Santos Public health Laboratory noted that the Barbados Ministry of Health would arrange for them to undergo coronavirus testing.