Barbados is to impose a nightly curfews on the island as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise.
In a national broadcast on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said her government intends to go to Parliament to amend the Emergency Management Act to allow for the curfew.
It will run from 8 p.m to 6 a.m starting on Saturday, March 28 until Tuesday, April 14.
However, she said critical government departments will be allowed to open from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. and essential services will continue to operate.
In the meantime, Mottley is reporting that the number of coronavirus cases in Barbados has jumped from 18 to 24.
According to chief medical officer Dr Anton Best, 13 of the patients are women and 11 are men.
He also said 13 of the cases are imported with majority of them being Barbadians while 10 patients were in contact with the imported cases.
The other case is still under investigation.
All 24 patients are in isolation, Best said.