Wells: More than 20 suspected COVID cases airlifted from Family Islands

Minister of Health Renward Wells said yesterday more than 20 people suspected of having COVID-19 were airlifted to New Providence from the Family Islands.

Wells did not indicate a time frame for the transports. 

“We’ve taken the decision with the improved situation in Grand Bahama — what the prime minister advised and the health professionals accepted — to transport suspected cases from the islands of Bimini and Abaco and their cays to Grand Bahama for emergency services,” Wells said.

“Mr. Speaker, we have improved access to COVID-19 screening for suspected cases at all main clinics and the Family Islands with South Beach Health Centre being the lead facility in New Providence.”

Wells noted that COVID-19 deaths continue to rise during The Bahamas’ second wave, which started in July.

There were 80 deaths reported as of yesterday. Another 19 are under investigation.

Wells said there were “too many despite the valiant efforts of our healthcare workers”.

“The deaths reflect our population distribution, with New Providence accounting for the largest amount — some 56 persons — followed by Grand Bahama with 14,” Wells said.

“Mr. Speaker, I want to reiterate and state, as the prime minister stated earlier, we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Mr. Speaker, this second wave is claiming younger lives when compared to the first wave.

“The average age of the deceased is 12 years younger at 61 years in the second as compared to the first wave, where the median age was 73 years. However, Mr. Speaker, it should be noted that the age range for 48 percent, nearly 50 percent, of the COVID-19 positive cases is between the age of zero — newborn — to 39 years.

“So, 50 percent of the cases are between zero and 39 years. In contrast, Mr. Speaker, to the fist wave, there has been a number of deaths in this age range of zero to 39.”

 The Bahamas recorded 3,618 cases up to yesterday. There have been 1,915 recoveries. 

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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