Barbados PM Brings Back Lockdown to Bring Rise of COVID-19 Infections Under Control  

The Caribbean island nation of 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 night that from February 3 to February 17, a 7:00 pm to 6:00 am curfew will be in effect. She also announced that the country had confirmed three cases of the easily spread 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 are excepted, shutting 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.  

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