Bahamian MP one of 79 who tested positive for COVID-19
The Bahamas Ministry of Health recorded 79 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday bringing the total number of cases to 1610.
Of the new cases, 70 were in New Providence, eight in Grand Bahamas and one in Eleuthera.
Parliamentary representative for Central and South Eleuthera Hank Johnson is among those who recently tested positive for the fast-spreading virus.
In a message posted don Facebook, the MP said he is being treated at the hospital in New Providence.
"I thank the medical staff for their skilled and detailed care of me and all the Bahamians battling this illness. Please keep me and all those in our country afflicted with COVID-19 in your prayers," he said.
Johnson was flown to New Providence for observation after his blood pressure increased.
He is the latest in a growing list of parliamentarians who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Leader of the Progressive Party Brave Davis and PLP Senator Michael Darville also tested positive.
Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest remain in voluntary quarantine after possible exposure to an infected person at the Office of the Prime Minister last week.
Meanwhile, another COVID-related death was recorded bringing the total to 23.
84-year-old women succumbed died in New Providence early on Thursday.
The Ministry of Health said there are now 1372 active cases, 62 of those who tested positive are still hospitalised.
The breakdown of COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas are as follows:
- New Providence 950
- Grand Bahama 515
- Bimini 45
- Abaco 44
- Berry Islands 14
- Cat Island 8
- Exuma 6
- Inagua 2
- Eleuthera 5
- Andros 1
The Ministry of Health said the locations for 20 of the confirmed cases are still pending.
Citizens and residents are being encouraged to adhere to all restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus.