Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador MP Philip Brave Davis said more than 100 people on Cat Island have been identified as contacts of the island’s first two cases, which were confirmed on Tuesday.
“I am challenged to understand what is happening now in the Family Islands, like Cat Island,” he said in the House of Assembly.
“They have two cases. And I’m advised through the contact tracing that they’re doing down there that there may be more than 100 persons who may have been exposed to these two persons or persons who were connected to them.
“Now, the question arises – how many tests [are on the island]?”
When COVID-19 began to spread in The Bahamas, the prime minister moved quickly to shut down the borders and implement a nationwide curfew.
Inter-island travel was also banned in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus to Family Islands, where healthcare resources are limited and residents rely on air ambulances to access emergency services.
However, as cases began to slow, the prime minister lifted the ban on inter-island travel.
As cases surge again, travelers are not required to test negative for COVID to move between islands.
Davis yesterday called for the government to do more to protect vulnerable Family Islands, where there are limited healthcare resources.
“In these Family Islands, we need to appreciate that they are vulnerable out there,” he said.
“One of the measures, we are going to allow private aircraft, pleasure craft, yachts, to be able to come into The Bahamas.
“We have so many ports of entry. What are we doing at these ports of entry?”
There are now 219 confirmed COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas: 114 on New Providence, 81 on Grand Bahama, 17 on Bimini, one on Cat Cay, two on Cat Island and four on the Berry Islands.