COVID cases nearly doubled in March

COVID cases nearly doubled in March with 613 cases reported, data from the Ministry of Health shows. 

According to the COVID-19 dashboards, 336 cases were reported in January and 335 cases were reported in February.

The data shows that 1,376 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far in 2021.

New Providence saw the most recorded cases in 2021 with 758, followed by Grand Bahama with 348, Abaco with 114 and Eleuthera with 45.

For April, 92 cases have been recorded so far: 28 on April 1; 35 on April 2; 16 on April 3 and 13 on April 4. 

As of April 4, 9,263 cases of COVID-19 were reported in The Bahamas.

Between April 1 and April 4, 51 cases were reported on New Providence; 25 on Grand Bahama; eight on Eleuthera; three on Bimini and Cat Cay; three on Andros; one on Abaco and one location was pending. 

Thirty-six cases were hospitalized as of April 4, with three cases in the intensive care unit. Fifteen of those hospitalizations were on Grand Bahama.

There were 289 active cases and 8,729 cases were listed as recovered.

The Ministry of Health also reported that a 74-year-old Bimini man died from COVID-19 on March 30. 

The family of the man, identified as Louis Edward Rolle, told The Tribune last week that he could not be airlifted off Bimini because of his weight.

His death drove the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the country to 189. 

The Ministry of Health said officials will hold a press conference tomorrow to discuss the rise in COVID-19 cases on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera. 

Health officials expressed concern last month about a “marked increase” in new cases on New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco. 

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis implemented new travel guidelines for Eleuthera.

Anyone traveling from Eleuthera and Harbour Island must undergo an RT-PCR test in order to get a travel health visa. Travelers from Eleuthera and Harbour Island must also take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day after arrival to their destination within The Bahamas.

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Travis Cartwright-Carroll

Travis Cartwright-Carroll is the assistant editor. He covers a wide range of national issues. He joined The Nassau Guardian in 2011 as a copy editor before shifting to reporting. He was promoted to assistant news editor in December 2018. Education: College of The Bahamas, English

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