Bahamas’ COVID-19 case fatality rate climbs

The Bahamas’ COVID-19 case fatality rate has climbed in recent days, according to Minister of Health Renward Wells.

“We have lost 63 lives to COVID-19, with a case fatality ratio of 2.4 percent,” he said in a communication in the House of Assembly yesterday.

“Worldwide, the case fatality ratio ranges are widely variable from less than 0.1 percent to over 25 percent.”

As of Tuesday, there were 2,657 cases in The Bahamas with 63 confirmed COVID-19 deaths, and 10 other deaths still under investigation.

Just a week before, on September 1, the rate in the country was two percent, with 46 deaths and 2,276 confirmed cases.

The Bahamas’ rate is notably higher than that of Jamaica, where there have been 3,183 confirmed cases and 34 deaths, and Trinidad, which had 2,391 cases and 39 deaths as of yesterday.

Wells said nearly 60 percent of confirmed cases in The Bahamas are still active.

He said more than 40 percent of cases are people in their 20s and 30s, with more men than women making up the COVID-19 positive patients.

“Females currently account for 48 percent of all cases and males, 52 percent,” he said.

“An overall look at all cases shows that the majority of cases, 41 percent, fall in the 20 to 39 age group with the 40 to 59 age group close behind, accounting for 36 percent.”

He noted that COVID-19 has spread to nearly every inhabited island in the country’s second wave of infections.

Wells said 65 percent of cases are on New Providence, 22 percent on Grand Bahama and of the 12 remaining islands reporting COVID-19 cases, Abaco accounts for four percent of cases.

The updated figures came nearly two weeks after health officials held their last press conference on August 28 to provide detailed data on the pandemic. 

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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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