5 new COVID-19 cases

Five new cases of COVID-19 were announced yesterday, bringing the total number of cases in The Bahamas to 89.

Three of the new cases are on Bimini – a 15-year-old girl, a 25-year-old man and a 36-year-old man, who are all in isolation at their homes.

Bimini has been identified as a COVID-19 hotspot with 11 cases in total now, second in case numbers only to New Providence, which has 69.

West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe last week called for a two-week lockdown of the island to curb the spread of the virus there.

Grand Bahama saw its first new case in weeks, with a 50-year-old woman confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19. She is in isolation at home.

The other case is on New providence – a 60-year-old woman who is also isolating at home.

The jump in cases followed a period that saw only four cases confirmed in the previous week.

The increase also came only two days after Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced the reopening of a number of businesses for curbside delivery and pickup.

Many have raised concerns over the potential impact of the reopening of non-essential business seen in the past few weeks across the country.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delon Brennen said earlier this week that he was not comforted by the slowing in new cases over the previous week, especially given the increased movement on islands.

“We are pleased to see over the past week a number of days with few or no new cases,” he said.

“However, we are not comforted by this fact and remain vigilant as there is increased movement within New Providence and the Family Islands. We know the threat of additional cases remains a real danger to our health system.”

Of the total cases, 52 are still active, and 26 people have recovered. Eight patients are hospitalized.

According to the Ministry of Health, 1,485 tests have been completed so far in the country.

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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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