COVID stowaway tests negative for virus

COVID stowaway tests negative for virus

Ministry of Health says it is satisfied passenger did not pose risk to others

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A mam who previously tested positively for COVID-19 and managed to get of a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Bahama despite being denied permission, has tested negatively for the virus upon retesting in The Bahamas, according to the Ministry of Health.

In a statement this evening, the Ministry of Health advised that the passenger did not pose a risk to the other passengers on the same aircraft.

The passenger arrived in Grand Bahama last Friday as part of the government repatriation exercise of nearly 190 Bahamians and residents.

“The passenger was tested twice upon arrival in Grand Bahama by the Ministry of Health’s Surveillance Team,” read the statement.

“Both test samples returned a negative result as confirmed by the fully accredited National Reference Lab in New Providence.”

“Health officials are satisfied that the passenger did not pose a risk to the other passengers traveling on the same aircraft.”

Eyewitness News understands the male passenger misrepresented himself at the check-in counter at the airport in Fort Lauderdale.

During a national address on Sunday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said it was discovered after the aircraft landed that one COVID-19 positive passenger was on the flight and three other passengers were potentially exposed.

Today, the prime minister instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate the circumstances surrounding the passenger being allowed to board the flight.

It said upon completion of the investigation, it would advise the public.


About Royston Jones Jr.

Royston Jones Jr. is a senior digital reporter and occasional TV news anchor at Eyewitness News. Since joining Eyewitness News as a digital reporter in 2018, he has done both digital and broadcast reporting, notably providing the electoral analysis for Eyewitness News’ inaugural election night coverage, “Decision Now 2021”.


I dont think we will ever hear from govt about how this passenger got on that plane. it wont happen. this why public gets frustrated and social media goes wild with all kinds of stories like the first 6 private plane arrived as a surprise with 6 instead of 2 but that’s ok.

Until everyone understands what the positive and negative results mean, then no one will understand and there will still be fear instilled by lack of knowledge.

Positive result: The test picked up and reported genetic residual of the virus, the person is no longer transmitting the virus OR the person is actively transmitting the virus. The test, a day later, may be negative

Negative result: The person may have had the virus and no longer has enough measurable genetic residual of the virus OR the person never had the virus. The test the next day may be positive.

Seven weeks now and the hospitals are not overwhelmed. The economy needs to resume, the people need their jobs and to return to their livelihoods, Bahamians, who never should have been restricted to return to their own country, should return if they still choose.

Why is most Politician big liars. Just to get gain for themseives and hell with the people who put them there

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