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PM promises to address COVID case surge soon

With an ongoing spike in COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas and about three weeks left before the expiration of the state of emergency, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday he will have more to say on public health measures “in the coming days”.

“To restore our economy and our country, more Bahamians must be vaccinated,” Minnis said.

“In the coming days, I will have more to say about our public health measures and vaccines in response to the increase in cases, mostly on New Providence. I once again implore everyone to abide by the public health measures.”

Two days earlier, the prime minister said the pandemic is over for the vaccinated.

While Minnis and Minister of Health Renward Wells continue to urge Bahamians to get vaccinated, the country has a critical shortage of vaccines and the government is no longer offering first doses.

Health officials confirmed an additional 95 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

More than 1,000 cases were confirmed so far this month with 560 cases confirmed since July 12. 

Of that figure, 455 cases were on New Providence.

On Tuesday, Wells said the recent increase in cases was likely linked to gatherings during the Independence holiday weekend.

“This has been a roller coaster ride in regards to positive testing for COVID,” he said.

“We entered the third wave then we had a dip for about two or three weeks and then we had a surge. Usually, there is a little uptick in cases about … 14 days out of any sort of major holiday.

“We’ve just come through the entire weekend of Independence and so folks would’ve gotten together in groups, on beaches, in homes celebrating our independence.

“Obviously, we would have expected, given the fact that we’ve had positive cases in the country, that there would’ve been an uptick. We’re going to be looking over this week – assessing the data and then seeing where we are, whether we do have defined clusters or anything new that is developing.”

The Bahamas has confirmed 13,781 cases since March 2020.

Of that figure, 1,264 remain active.

As of Tuesday, 92 COVID-positive individuals were in hospital – 13 in the Intensive Care Unit. 

A total of 274 COVID deaths have been confirmed in The Bahamas and 22 are under investigation.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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