NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has accepted the resignation of Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands.
In a statement, the prime minister thanked Sands for his service to The Bahamas, including during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“I will make a further statement on this matter tomorrow, including on who will serve as minister of health,” Minnis said.
The resignation comes after a revelation last week that six American permanent residents were allowed to disembark a plane along with a donation of COVID-19 test kits and swabs amidst the country’s border closure.
Sands initially told reporters that only two people disembarked the plane, advising during a press conference that he was not sure whether there were more.
However, during a national address on Sunday, Minnis confirmed an additional four people had been allowed to disembark and characterized the entry as a breach of protocol.
Sands posted the resignation letter to his Facebook page today.
“I accept responsibility for this breach of protocol,” Sands said.
“I acknowledge that I acted outside of the scope of my authority in this matter.
Sands remains the Free National Movement’s member of Parliament for the Elizabeth consituency.