NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government intends to extend the public state of emergency and emergency orders until December 28, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced in Parliament yesterday.
The existing orders will come to an end on November 30.
In the House of Assembly, the prime minister gave notice that he will move a resolution for the extension.
The House is slated to meet next week Wednesday.
The governor general made the initial proclamation of a public state of emergency in The Bahamas on March 17.
The order was originally set to expire June 29, but was extended since then as the pandemic and cases in The Bahamas persist.
The extension of the emergency orders would authorize for the competent authority — the prime minister — to continue existing emergency measures to mitigate the spread of the virus.
These include curfews, closure of prohibited establishments and other restrictions and health guidelines.
Last month, there were 14 votes in favour of the resolution to extend the orders to November 30, zero votes against, zero abstentions and 24 absent.
Cases of COVID-19 on New Providence have continued to trend down.
However, Exuma, Bimini, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera have seen rising cases in recent days.
Just 11 cases were recorded in The Bahamas on Tuesday — nine on New Providence, and two on Grand Bahama.
However, the Ministry of Health noted there was a deficit in the number of laboratories that reported for that day.
New Providence, where the majority of the population resides, continues to lead cases with a total of 5,417.
Of the 7,323 cases in The Bahamas, 1,624 remain active
Another 5,483 cases have recovered.