RBDF has more than 100 COVID-19 cases

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said there have been 103 cases of COVID-19 in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and 102 in the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).

He said on the police force, only six of those cases are still active.

“I spoke to the commissioner yesterday and got a briefing,” Dames told reporters outside Cabinet.

“The numbers of active cases are around six. Total cases to date…were around 102. The defense force total cases are around 103.

“So, those numbers, when you look at it from an overall perspective, they’re not bad given the work that these officers do.”

Dames said most of the cases have been asymptomatic and noted those ones are “a little more difficult to manage”.

“But the plan that these agencies have in place have been working,” he said.

“And what we have been doing from day one is just trying our utmost best to avoid a massive outbreak, and I think we have been successful to date.”

Last week, the Ministry of Health revealed there had been 11 cases of COVID in the defense force during the second wave of infections, which began in July. It is unclear how many officers were infected during the first wave.

However, RBDF Commodore Raymond King said on Monday that roughly 85 percent of a group of recruits undergoing basic training had tested positive for COVID.

The group, which was set to graduate on August 28, contains 56 people, King said.

The new numbers came more than two weeks after Dames told reporters that the agencies were merely microcosms of the larger society, and the numbers only demonstrated as much.

Dames maintained that reasoning yesterday.

“Always remember that these agencies are microcosms of our larger community,” he said.

“Many of the officers in these agencies are from the communities. And so, they are no different from the average citizen. After having said that, our numbers overall are not bad.”

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Rachel Knowles

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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