Two new cases of COVID-19 on GB

The Ministry of Health confirmed yesterday that there are two additional cases of COVID-19 on Grand Bahama.

The patients include a 33-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man with no history of travel.

Both patients are isolating at home, the ministry said.

Eight cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed on Grand Bahama in the last week. The other six patients have been placed in quarantine in a secured facility being monitored by health professionals as well as police, immigration and defense force personnel, authorities said.

There have been 113 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas — 83 on New Providence, 16 on Grand Bahama, 13 on Bimini and one on Cat Cay.

The ministry also confirmed the deaths of two people who were previously diagnosed with COVID-19.

However, “a review was completed with local and international personnel who confirmed that the deaths were not due to COVID-19,” the ministry said.

Prior to July 8, the last confirmed case in the country was a New Providence case on June 14 and the last confirmed case on Grand Bahama was on May 5.

The Bahamas reopened its borders to visitors, including those from the United States, on July 1, after being closed for more than three months in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. Individuals entering Bahamian borders are required to present a COVID negative test that is no older than 10 days.

The move has received some public criticism as the U.S. continues to lead global charts for its number of confirmed COVID-19 cases. There are currently more than 3.3 million cases in the U.S. It is followed by Brazil, which has over 1.8 million cases, and India with over 879,000 cases.

Despite reopening its borders to countries like the United States, government officials have continued to advise against Bahamians traveling abroad.

On June 28, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis begged Bahamians not to travel abroad.

“If you are thinking of traveling for non-essential or [non-]emergency reasons, please, I beg you, stay at home at this time,” he said.

“Please stay at home. I beg you. I implore you to stay at home. If you must fly, visit our Family Islands.”

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