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15 new cases of COVID-19

For the second consecutive day, The Bahamas recorded the highest single-day total of COVID-19 cases yesterday after an additional 15 cases were confirmed by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis during a national address.

The total number of confirmed cases in The Bahamas stands at 153.

Of the 15 new confirmed cases, 11 are residents on Grand Bahama and four are residents on New Providence.

Three of the four new cases for New Providence have a history of recent travel, while no travel specifics were provided for the 11 new cases out of Grand Bahama.

According to the Ministry of Health, the Grand Bahamians who presented 11 of the country’s new cases yesterday, range in age from 17 to 71 years old.

Since the country’s borders reopened to international commercial travel on July 1, there have been 49 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Of the 153 total confirmed cases, 100 are residents of New Providence, 39 from Grand Bahama, 13 from Bimini and one from Cat Cay.

The recent spike in cases came after weeks of no confirmed cases.

On Saturday, The Bahamas confirmed nine new cases. Two were residents of New Providence and seven were on Grand Bahama.

Prior to July 8, there had not been a confirmed COVID-19 case on Grand Bahama since May 5.

Minnis yesterday implemented a new curfew for Grand Bahama from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily and said if measures don’t prove successful, additional restrictions like a lockdown will be implemented by Friday.

According to the ministry, 2,645 tests have been completed and there are 49 active cases.

Two of the country’s cases remain in hospital.

As the number of cases continue to soar in the United States, Minnis yesterday announced a travel ban for those coming from the US to take effect Wednesday, July 22.

Minnis also announced that Bahamasair has ceased outgoing flights to the US.

Florida, a popular destination for Bahamian travelers, has surpassed 350,000 cases of COVID-19. Yesterday alone, the sunshine state reported more than 12,000 new cases with 9,000 patients in hospital.

Public parks and beaches on New Providence and its surrounding cays and Grand Bahama have also been closed.

International and domestic borders will be closed to all flights and vessels to and from Grand Bahama, effective Wednesday, July 22.

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