30 more cases over three days

30 more cases over three days

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas recorded 30 new cases of the coronavirus since Thursday.

A total of 16 cases were recorded on Thursday; five cases on Friday, all of which were on New Providence; and nine cases on Saturday.

The new infections on Saturday included six on New Providence and three on Grand Bahama.

Grand Bahama has continued to record new cases, albeit at a slowed rate.

While the number of new infections on Thursday was more than double the six new cases recorded the day prior, it remains to be seen if there has been any reversal in the downward trend of new cases in the country.

Health officials have said that with The Bahamas’ tourism reopening on November 1, cases were expected to increase.

With the exception of Thursday, new infections have remained in the single digits in recent days.

There have been a total of 7,579 cases.

Of the total infections, 1,359 remain active.

A total of 5,998 cases have recovered.

This represents a recovery rate of 79 percent.

A total of 163 people have died of COVID-19, representing a case mortality rate of just over two percent.

Twenty-four deaths remain under investigation.

As of yesterday, 12 cases remain hospitalized.

A total of 44,688 COVID-19 tests have been performed.

This includes testing in the private sector.

On Saturday, 186 tests were performed, including eight repeated tests.

Four of the tests had inconclusive results.

This places The Bahamas’ positivity rate at just over five percent, within the recommended range for the country to reopen.

The positivity range has ranged between just over one percent and five percent over the last week.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is expected to address the nation today at 5pm.

A state of public emergency in The Bahamas remains in place until January 31.