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Majority of people who died of COVID-19 had underlying health issues

Seven of the nine people who died from COVID-19 in The Bahamas had an underlying illness, Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands revealed on Thursday evening.

Dr. Sands, who was addressing a press conference, said four of the nine people were obese; three suffered from high blood pressure; two had asthma; and one suffered from either sleep apnea, kidney failure and diabetes.

“My fellow Bahamians, as of April 16, our COVID-19 confirmed deaths are 6.4 times more likely to have comorbidities or underlying medical conditions,” he said.

The patients – five men and four women – were between the ages of 50 and 91.

There have been 54 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas – 45 on New Providence, seven on Grand Bahama, one on Bimini and one on Cat Cay.

Dr. Sands said 668 tests were conducted.

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