Nine new cases announced during lockdown

During the five-day lockdown, nine new COVID-19 cases were confirmed, with the most recent two announced last night.

Of them, seven were on New Providence, one on Grand Bahama and one on Cat Cay, near Bimini.

Last Thursday, the Ministry of Health said a 56-year-old woman from New

Providence, who had no history of travel, was confirmed to have COVID-19. She died the night before, the ministry said.

The next day, the ministry said a 53-year-old man on New Providence tested positive. He had to be hospitalized.

On Saturday, four new cases were announced – a 25-year-old man on Grand Bahama; a 58-year-old woman on New Providence; a 49-year-old woman on New Providence and a 29-year-old woman on New Providence. Authorities said none of them had a history of travel. Three of them were hospitalized, including the 25-year-old and the 29-year-old. The fourth patient was at home in isolation.

According to the Ministry of Health, a 36-year-old woman from Cat Cay tested positive for COVID-19, making her the 47th case in the country. She had no history of travel and was in isolation at home.

Yesterday, health officials announced two new cases, both on New Providence and without any recent travel histories. They are a 40-year-old woman, who was in home isolation, and a 50-year-old man who had to be hospitalized.

While health officials predicted up to 90 cases by Easter Sunday, as of last night, there were 49 confirmed COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas – 41 cases in New Providence, six in Grand Bahama and two from Bimini.

Though the doubling of cases did not happen, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said in a national address last night that testing will increase this week and the number of confirmed cases is expected to increase.

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