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20 new cases of COVID-19

Twenty new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday, bringing the total in The Bahamas to 898.

Fifteen of the new cases were recorded on Grand Bahama, which has been identified as a hotspot for infections in recent weeks.

This came after days of what appeared to be a downward trend in new infections on the island.

The other five cases were recorded on New Providence.

On Saturday, health officials confirmed 48 cases – 33 on New Providence, seven on Grand Bahama, five on Bimini, two on the Berry Islands and one on Eleuthera.

On Friday, 69 cases were 

confirmed – 30 on New Providence, 31 on Grand Bahama, seven on Abaco and one on the Berry Islands.

Health officials did not provide the age or sex of any of the new cases.

New Providence leads the country in recorded cases, with 417, followed by Grand Bahama with 389 cases.

Bimini has 45 cases; Abaco, 28; Berry Islands, 12; Cat Island, three; Exuma, three; and Eleuthera, one.

According to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 dashboard, hospitalizations increased to 35.

So far, 104 people have recovered from COVID-19. Fifteen people have died, and there are 777 active cases.

As of last night, 6,343 tests were completed, according to health officials. These include tests conducted by private facilities.

Of the total cases in The Bahamas, 794 have been recorded since July 8, in what health officials have determined is the second wave of infections.

The surge started just over a week after the borders were opened for international travel on July 1. 

In light of the drastic increase in cases, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis implemented a nationwide two-week lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.

Grand Bahama had already been under a two-week lockdown at the time, which was extended last week.

Last night, Minnis announced the lifting of the lockdown and curfew restrictions on a number of islands that still have no confirmed cases, including: Acklins, Crooked Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Long Island, Mayaguana, Ragged Island and Rum Cay.

He said the easing of restrictions on other islands will be determined on a “case-by-case” basis.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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