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CDC moves Bahamas back to level two travel health notice

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved The Bahamas from a level one to a level two on its travel health notice.

A level one indicates that a country has a low level of COVID-19 and a level two indicates a moderate level.

The move comes less than a month after The Bahamas was lowered to a level one.

Speaking about the change, Minister of Tourism Chester Cooper told reporters yesterday, “We see the numbers have been tracking upward. I believe this is not different from what we have seen throughout the pandemic. There have been peaks and there have been valleys.

“I think at level two there is a minimal concern from the international community. I believe when we get to a stage like level four, there becomes more concern from corporate and group clients, but level two just indicates that it’s moving in the wrong direction and we as Bahamians must continue to follow the protocols to make sure that we contain it at the level two or reduce it again at level one.”

COVID-19 cases have steadily increased in recent days.

The increase followed low transmission of the virus for several weeks.

Last month, Minister of Health Dr. Michael Darville expressed concern over the increase in cases.

“… Over the last two weeks, we’ve been watching our numbers, our RT-PCR tests, and our numbers have doubled,” Darville said on April 15.

“That is of concern. Secondly, we also noticed in the US in states where tourists come to The Bahamas the numbers have been going up as well.”

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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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