Some COVID-19 cases could have an “inordinate number” of contacts

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Health officials yesterday acknowledged contract tracing efforts faced significant challenges after a fast food worker tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) last week. Response coordinator Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis yesterday said the number of contacts will continue to increase, with some cases having an “inordinate number”. There have been 40 confirmed cases of […]

Hydroxychloroquine not an approved COVID-19 treatment, says Bahamian health officials

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While the United States Federal Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of hydroxychloroquine sulfate for the treatment of critical coronavirus patients, the drug is not an approved treatment in The Bahamas. Hydroxycholoroquine is also used to prevent or treat malaria infections, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. National HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Programme […]

No restrictions on burial or cremation of COVID-19 deaths

Some funeral homes encouraging COVID-19 cremations  NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said yesterday that there are no specific requirements for the burial or cremation of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims. To date, there have been seven COVID-19 related deaths in The Bahamas. Officials confirmed today that a 51-year-old woman in Grand Bahama died […]

PM: Food stores to open until 10pm today and tomorrow

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has announced that grocery store hours will be extended to 10pm today and tomorrow, after scores of shoppers flooded supermarkets ahead of the five-day lockdown. “The supermarkets have now been extended until 10pm and that would allow every individual to be accommodated,” Minnis said during a press […]

PM: Shops open Thursday for essential workers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Supermarkets will be opened on Thursday to allow essential workers to shop, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced today. Police force, defense force and health professionals will be allowed to shop from 6am to 12pm; and 12pm to 10pm will be designated for essential services. According to Minnis, those essential service include: […]

GB first COVID-19 death was an “entrepreneur, political activist and civic leader”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – As confirmed cases of the coronavirus continued to climb over the weekend, Grand Bahama recorded it’s first COVID-19 related death. Clarence Bartlett, 80, tested positive for the virus on April 2 and died two days later. Eyewitness News understands Bartlett was admitted to hospital after having a stroke. He was a resident […]

Moultrie: Parliament has no COVID-19 contingency plans

At least 10 MPs in at-risk age group for severe cases UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized NASSAU, BAHAMAS – There is currently no contingency plan for the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) among parliamentarians, said House Speaker Halson Moultrie, who has categorized the possibility as a “constitutional crisis”. At least 10 members of Parliament are […]

Dr Eneas “fought” COVID-19 virus

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – When Bahamian medical pioneer Dr. Judson Frazier Eneas, 72, was taken to hospital on Saturday night – four days after his coronavirus diagnosis – his wife of nearly 50 years could not go with him. Officials confirmed early Sunday that Eneas became the first physician and the fifth COVID-19 death in the […]

Wells: No capacity to deal with a massive influx of foreign patients

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – While The Bahamas is able to provide some assistance to flag-ship vessels sequestered at sea during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Transport minister Renward Wells said the country does not have the capacity to take in critically-ill passengers or crew. The swift spread of COVID-19 and the World Health Organization’s classification of a […]

PM foreshadows generational changes to economy

Minnis signals shift from tourism industry  WHO calls for debt relief from World Bank and IMF NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday signaled a shift in the country’s reliance on tourism, insisting that worldwide border closures has forced The Bahamas to change how it operates. During a press briefing, the prime minister […]

Berry Islands begin COVID19 testing, as North Andros health facility prepares for possible cases

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – North Andros health facilities have been braced for possible coronavirus cases, said the island’s administrator Joseph Ferguson yesterday. “The clinic continues to open daily and are doing their regular duties,” Ferguson said in an interview with Eyewitness News. “They’ve identified places for persons who need to be quarantined. “We’ve located two areas […]

Andros prepared for COVID-19 spread but hopeful, says administrator

Some 200 Central Andros residents seek unemployment benefits amidst resorts closures  Students don’t have access to wifi or devices  NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is expected to meet with Family Island administrators over teleconference today to discuss protocols on the islands to manage the spread of the coronavirus. The meetings follow up […]

Mask on or off? We’re making them anyway, says AG

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Attorney General Carl Bethel has said that The Bahamas will soon start the local manufacturing of masks for Bahamians. Bethel made the revalation in the Senate on Monday, during  debate on a resolution to extend the state of emergency and emergency powers to April 8. The resolution was passed unanimously. During his […]

Updated emergency order suspends insurance payments and some govt. fees

Department of Road Traffic and general insurance companies and brokers are exempted from this order. NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has issued additional emergency measures that would suspend the obligation to pay any health, medical or life insurance policy, during the state of emergency and 60 days after. The special provisions order […]

TIMELINE: Eyes on COVID-19 in The Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases globally has exceeded 1 million. Health officials in The Bahamas have been monitoring the global outbreak since mid-January. Below is a live timeline of virus’ track to the country’s shores, its impact and response efforts. April 2 – Three more cases confirmed, youngest patient is nine […]

More than 700 COVID-19 cases in the region

Bahamas reportedly tracking some 600 contacts Countries urged to move to state of readiness and rapid response NASSAU, BAHAMAS – There have been some 760 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in up to 29 countries in the Caribbean region, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) latest situation report. This comes as The […]