The Bahamas confirmed 60 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday and two more deaths.
In a press statement sent on Saturday morning, the Ministry of Health said two New Providence women, ages 30 and 58, died of COVID-19 this week.
This brings the death toll to 67.
Of the new cases, there are 56 on New Providence, two on Eleuthera, one on Abaco and one with a location that is still pending.
The total number of confirmed cases in The Bahamas is 2,874.
There are 1,285 recovered cases, 1,504 active cases and 65 hospitalized cases. An additional ten deaths remain under investigation.
“To reduce the spread of COVID-19 within communities and in the workplaces, the public is urged to refrain from planning or attending large gatherings or meetings,” the ministry said.
“These large gatherings can cause COVID-19 to spread rapidly from person to person, especially if the people gathered are not adhering to recommended preventative measures.
“When cases of COVID-19 increase, it severely challenges the healthcare system and surveillance efforts. It brings great anxiety and other concerns to families of those infected with the virus. The number of deaths may increase. Members of the public may desire to socialize normally.
“However, the risk of being infected with COVID-19 is too high, as infected persons may find themselves recovering or dying alone without family support with hospital COVID-19 restrictions in place. This is not the norm in The Bahamas.”