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COVID death toll continues to climb 

Ten more COVID-19 deaths were confirmed in The Bahamas on Wednesday, continuing the grim trend as new case numbers remain high.

According to the Ministry of Health’s COVID update, all of the deaths took place between September 8 and September 19.

Seven of the deaths were on New Providence and three on Grand Bahama. The victims ranged in age from 44 to 82.

The deaths brought the country’s toll to 522.

Another 111 people have been confirmed to have died with COVID, but not because of it, while another 32 deaths are still under investigation.

So far, 72 people were confirmed to have died of COVID-19 in September, making it by far one of the deadliest months The Bahamas has seen since the start of the pandemic.

More than 2,000 new cases have already been confirmed this month with 111 recorded on Wednesday alone.

Of the new cases, 94 were on New Providence, eight on Grand Bahama, seven on Andros, one on Bimini and one on Eleuthera.

Though September does not appear to be on track to surpass August, when there were 3,540 new cases, the numbers have remained steep.

As of Wednesday, 155 people were hospitalized with COVID in The Bahamas, 20 of whom were in intensive care. 

The test positivity rate on Saturday was 33.7 percent — nearly six times higher than the five percent maximum recommended by the World Health Organization.

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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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