State of emergency extended to April 30

A resolution to extend the state of emergency to April 30th was passed in the House of Assembly today.

The extension would see the continuance of the 24-hour curfew and partial lockdown implemented last month.

As he tabled the resolution, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noted that more stringent action is needed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Minnis also announced that complete shutdowns, which prevent non-essential workers from leaving their homes, will be in effect in The Bahamas every weekend through the end of April.

Governor General C.A. Smith declared a state of public emergency in The Bahamas on March 18 as COVID-19 began to spread in the country.

Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said the emergency orders will help to stop potential “super spreaders” of the virus. He noted that two of the 29 confirmed cases had 140 contacts in total.

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