More than 2,500 free tests done; 256 came back positive

Since free COVID testing started on New Providence last Saturday, 2,546 tests were conducted with 256 of those tests coming back positive, a spokesperson in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said yesterday. 

The free rapid antigen tests started with 400 slots available on Saturday.

However, due to demand, Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis said that starting January 11, 1,000 free tests will be made available each day.

OPM press officer C. Jillian Gray said free testing will be expanded to Grand Bahama by next week. 

Free COVID testing, a plank of the Progressive Liberal Party’s election campaign last year, is meant to provide testing for those who are financially constrained.

The Bahamas is seeing record cases of the virus though health officials hope that the fourth wave is peaking. 

Since January, more than 3,000 new cases have been recorded. 

Minister of Health Dr. Michael Darville said it is likely that the new and highly transmissible variant, Omicron, is in the country.

As of Wednesday, there were 6,182 active COVID cases in the country with 119 people in hospital. 

Officials also reported two more COVID deaths, a 68-year-old man who died on December 25 and a 73-year-old man who died on December 27. Both were from Grand Bahama. 

Since March 2020, The Bahamas has recorded 29,908 COVID cases and has seen 719 reported deaths.

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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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