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226 more cases over three days

The Bahamas recorded another 226 cases of COVID-19 between Friday and Sunday, with 171 of those cases being New Providence cases and 17 for which no identified island was named.

On Sunday, health authorities reported an additional 63 cases — 45 on New Providence, five on Grand Bahama and 13 pending.

On Saturday, The Bahamas saw a record 133 cases recorded — 102 on New Providence, 10 on Grand Bahama, 13 on Abaco, two on the Berry Islands, one on Andros, one on Inagua and four pending.

On Friday, 30 cases were confirmed — 24 on New Providence and six on Grand Bahama.

The total number of cases confirmed in the country since the start of the pandemic is 1,315. Since the country’s borders fully reopened on July 1, 1,211 cases have been confirmed.

Yesterday, an additional death was reported, pushing to 18 the number of deaths confirmed. The Ministry of Health confirmed that a 37-year-old New Providence man died yesterday.

Thirty-four cases were hospitalized, there were 1,105 active cases and 189 recoveries — 29 additional recoveries since Saturday.

New Providence has recorded 717 total cases; Grand Bahama, 461; Bimini, 45 cases; Abaco, 44 cases; Berry Islands, 14 cases; Cat Island, eight cases; Exuma, five cases; Inagua, two cases; Eleuthera and Andros both recorded a case; and there are 17 total pending.

The country is nearing the end of a two-week lockdown, with only essential services allowed to operate.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis is scheduled to deliver a national address tonight. There is a widely held expectation that given the continued spike in cases, he will announce a continuation of that lockdown.

Following a suggestion from a senior health official that a full lockdown is needed to arrest the spread of the virus, many are waiting to see if Minnis tightens restrictions even further.

The prime minister at last report was in quarantine at home after an employee in the building that houses the Office of the Prime Minister tested positive for COVID-19. 

Yesterday, Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis confirmed in a voice note that he has tested positive and is in hospital.

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Candia Dames

Candia Dames is the executive editor of The Nassau Guardian.

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