The Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC) has suspended disconnections in the wake of the worsening COVID-19 global crisis, WSC Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson said on Friday.
“Given the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the world, and the importance of potable water in combating this disease, it is of utmost importance that residents have access to fresh water,” Gibson said in a statement.
“Our people should not and ought not be without water.”
Gibson said no WSC staff is authorized to disconnect any home or any building at this time.
“Again, all disconnections are halted until further notice,” he said.
Gibson said he has further directed that any and all related public announcements, publications, social media pronouncements and related work orders be canceled with immediate effect.
As of yesterday, there have been more than 153,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 110 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
At least 5,700 people have died from the virus globally.
The Bahamas has one confirmed case of COVID-19, according to Acting Health Minister Jeffrey Lloyd.
Common signs of COVID-19 include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties, according to WHO.
In more severe cases, the organization said, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and death.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has advised Bahamians to avoid “close contact” with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness.
“Most people who contract this virus will fully recover but there are a number of people who are particularly vulnerable, including the elderly and those at risk because of compromised immune systems,” Minnis said.
Standard recommendations to prevent the spread of infection include regular hand washing with soap for at least 20 seconds and covering the mouth and the nose when coughing and sneezing, he added.