Barbados to go into COVID-19 lockdown, new UK strain confirmed

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Barbados will return to a two-week lockdown next Wednesday, which includes wearing a face mask in all public places, as part of an initiative to curtail a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced Tuesday (Jan. 26) night that from February 3 to February 17, a 7:00 pm to 6:00 am curfew will be in effect, voanews reports.

She also announced that the country has confirmed three cases of the new British strain of the virus.

Motley said the rise in COVID-19 cases coupled with the deaths of three elderly people within a week prompted her to bring back the restrictions.

Essential businesses such as supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations will continue to operate during the lockdown.

Supermarkets will only open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday during the lockdown.

All other businesses, including bars, restaurants and gyms will close during the lockdown. Banks will shut down for just six days, February 3 to 9.

Barbados has recorded more than 1,400 COVID-19 infections and 10 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University COVID Resource Center.