Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands said yesterday the government will use security firms and the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) to enforce quarantine protocols.
“Well, you know, we have the Royal Bahamas Police Force as well as private security firms,” Sands told The Nassau Guardian.
“We’ve been doing this now for more than four weeks, five weeks, so we’ve been able to enforce it to date.”
Asked if law enforcement will be posted at the doors of quarantined patients, the minister replied, “The specifics, maybe we can talk about, but like I said we’ve been doing this for many, many weeks. We’ve not had a problem. Whatever is necessary to protect the public safety, we will do.”
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in The Bahamas was announced on Sunday at a press conference at the Ministry of Health, where it was revealed that the patient has no recent travel history.
Following that announcement, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis gave a national address.
During that address, Minnis said Bahamian citizens and residents returning to The Bahamas through countries that are on the government’s restricted travel list “will be quarantined or be placed under self-isolation upon arrival”.
He said those individuals “are expected to follow the protocols of the Ministry of Health”.
As of yesterday, there were nearly 190,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
At least 7,400 people have died from the virus.