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74-year-old woman is latest to die from COVID-19

A 74-year-old New Providence woman is the latest victim of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 19, according to the Ministry of Health.

The woman died on Sunday.

The ministry also reported 14 new cases of the virus on Monday.

All of the new cases are on New Providence, which has emerged as a COVID-19 hotspot.

The total number of cases confirmed in the country since the start of the pandemic is 1,329 – 731 on New Providence; 461 on Grand Bahama; 45 on Bimini, inclusive of Cat Cay; 44 on Abaco; 14 on the Berry Islands; eight on Cat Island; five on Exuma; one on Eleuthera; two on Inagua; one on Andros; and the location of 17 cases are pending.

There are 1,116 active cases, 191 recovered cases and 32 hospitalized cases.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis addressed the new cases last night during his national address as he announced a total lockdown for New Providence.

“We are all at risk from this deadly virus,” he said.

“None of us are immune.

“We are in such a time. In this pandemic we face our worst crisis in our history as a sovereign nation. If the government did not have the emergency powers there would be mass death in The Bahamas beyond the imagination of most.

“Those who tell you the emergency powers are not necessary are unserious and dead wrong. The government uses the emergency powers to enforce provisions that save lives.”

Minnis encouraged Bahamians and residents to follow the COVID-19 guidelines as he underscored the toll the virus has had on the economy, the healthcare system and human life.

“I once again offer condolences to the families of those who have died,” he said. “Our prayers and our sympathy are with you during this very painful and difficult time.”

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Krystel Brown

Krystel covers breaking news for The Nassau Guardian. Krystel also manages The Guardian’s social media pages. She joined The Nassau Guardian in 2007 as a staff reporter, covering national news. She was promoted to online editor in May 2017. Education: Benedict College, BA in Mass Communications

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