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April COVID cases nearly double March number before month’s end

The Bahamas has recorded 1,132  new cases of COVID-19 so far in April, nearly double the number confirmed in March, with the data from Thursday and Friday still pending.

The Ministry of Health’s daily dashboard showed 40 cases recorded on Wednesday – 35 on New Providence, four on Grand Bahama and one on Andros.

The cases were evenly distributed among men and women.

Three of the New Providence cases were said to have a history of travel within 14 days.

Cases have increased each week in April. There were 168 cases reported from April 1 to 7; 254 in the second week, from April 8 to 14; 333 in the third week, from April 15 to 21; and 377 in the fourth week, from April 22 to April 28.

There were 336 cases reported in January, 335 cases reported in February, and 613 cases reported in March.

As of April 28, The Bahamas recorded 10,349 cases of COVID-19. There was a total of 671 active cases and 9,442 recovered cases. Fifty-three people were hospitalized with the virus, three of whom were in intensive care.

Ten new COVID-19 deaths were recorded in April, bringing the toll to 198.

As of April 28, 46 people were reported to have died with COVID, but not because of it – seven more than the 39 non-COVID deaths that had been recorded by the end of March.

Additionally, as of April 28, 32 deaths were still under investigation, up from the 15 deaths that were under investigation as of March 31.

In total, 242 people with COVID had died in The Bahamas by the end of March. By April 28, the number had increased to 276 – indicating that in total, 34 people with COVID-19 died this month.

By comparison, in March, eight people with COVID-19 died in total – less than one-fourth of the April death toll.

The Bahamas remains under a state of emergency, which was implemented back in March 2020, and empowers the competent authority – the prime minister – to implement various measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Under various emergency orders, The Bahamas was placed under 24-hour lockdowns and curfews. Residents were ordered to practice social distancing, sanitize their hands and wear masks. Non-essential businesses were either ordered to close or limit the number of people who could operate at them.

Many of the measures were relaxed after the country withstood its second wave of COVID cases late last year.

Despite the recent surge in numbers, Minister of Health Renward Wells and Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis have insisted that there is no need to increase restrictions, and have instead called for greater adherence to and enforcement of the measures already in place.

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Rachel Scott

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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