Thursday 22 October, 2020

132 new COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas, new restriction may be imposed

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The number of active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Bahamas stands at 2,164 after the government confirmed 132 new cases today.

These new cases took the total confirmed number to 5,517.

New Providence continues to be the country’s COVID-19 hotspot with 1,246 active cases.

For the last 30 days, the Bahamas has been reporting at least one death per day and Health Minister Renward Wells said this should be a reminder “that COVID-19 is no respecter of persons.”

He however noted the COVID-19 testing capacity in the Bahamas has increased and over 26,000 cases have been done thus far.

Efforts to control the virus are ramping up with more contact tracers and other resources being deployed to assist with virus prevention and detection.

Wells admitted that COVID-19 facilities are stretched to capacity but the government is receiving some assistance from the Samaritan’s Purse agency to set up a treatment facility.

The facility will begin operating from October 19 and Samaritan’s Purse will run it for six weeks before it is donated to the Bahamian government.

Meanwhile, restrictions could be imposed on Eleuthera and the Berry Islands as COVID-19 cases in these locations are increasing.

Dr Gillian Bartlett, who heads the Family Islands COVID-19 Task Force, said a recommendation has been made for new restrictions to be imposed.

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