Fewer than 100 COVID cases recorded in past week

Fewer than 100 COVID cases recorded in past week
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NASSAU, BAHAMAS — There have been 74 new coronavirus cases recorded in The Bahamas in the past week.

As of Sunday, COVID-19 cases in the country stood at 7,842.

Of the eight cases recorded on Sunday, four were on New Providence, two on Grand Bahama, one on Eleuthera and one on Andros.

Locations pending remain at 351.

Earlier this month, Minister of Health Renward Wells said a spike in cases may be expected over the Christmas holiday as families gather for seasonal festivities.

The prime minister announced a relaxation of restrictions to allow Bahamians to celebrate Christmas, indicating that the country has been doing “generally well” with COVID-19 cases.

While a 10pm to 5am curfew remains in place on New Providence and Abaco, social gatherings have been permitted for up to 10 people on those islands, as well as on Eleuthera.

Additionally, religious services can be held during curfew hours, and after 10pm to accommodate midnight mass and “watch night services” on all islands from December 24 until January 3, 2021.

The competent authority has also loosened restrictions on inter-island travel.

The number of hospitalized cases is at 15, with all cases moderately ill.

There are currently 1,220 active cases throughout the country, with 6,177 recovered cases to-date.

The number of deaths stands at 170 with another 20 deaths under investigation.