Bahamas climbs on COVID recovery index

The Bahamas ranks 120 among 180 countries in the COVID-19 recovery index, according to a report issued by the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI).

The GCI report, published on January 20, gave The Bahamas an index score of 57.11 out 100 for the countries that have made the most progress in curtailing the spread of the pandemic.

It ranked The Bahamas last on the index in July.

The new score indicates that The Bahamas is among the countries who have “made the most progress in curtailing the spread of the pandemic and can be used as examples of best practices”.

It received a 23.50 out of 100 in the report’s severity index.

This indicates that The Bahamas is among the countries “who are coping with the crisis with a low percentage of infections and resulting deaths per population”, according to the report.

The Bahamas ranks higher than five other Caribbean countries — Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 

Trinidad and Tobago ranks highest in the region and is the only Caribbean country in the top 20.

The Bahamas has been grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.

As of Wednesday, 8,088 cases have been confirmed; a majority of those cases were confirmed between July and October.

One hundred and eighty-nine cases were confirmed between January 1 and January 20, according to the Ministry of Health.

There were 1,141 active cases and 6,720 recovered cases. A total of 175 people died of COVID-19 in The Bahamas. 

On Tuesday, Minister of Health Renward Wells told The Nassau Guardian, “Since the end of October, our numbers have been down. Since October 30, the numbers have been down, have been going down and have remained down.”

He added, “…It seems like the anticipated spike and third wave we were anticipating seems to not be taking place. So, it’s a fantastic achievement on the part of the Ministry of Health, the health team and the Bahamian people for the way they have conducted and comported themselves.”

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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