THE CHURCH MUST LEAD: Bishop Boyd supports new restrictions; says complying the Christian thing to do

“I think the church has to participate in and respect all of the restrictions that the rest of society is being asked to observe” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bishop of the Diocese of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands Reverend Laish Boyd yesterday suggested that further restrictions were perhaps necessary for New Providence amid […]

WORK WITH US, NOT AGAINST US: Union leader slams govt’s anti-COVID efforts as “autocratic and dictatorial”

“The government can’t be trying to control this thing by themselves” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A prominent trade union leader said yesterday that government has been too “autocratic and dictatorial” in its COVID-19 mitigation efforts, suggesting there would be greater public buy-in through serious engagement with various sector leaders. Trade Union Congress (TUC) President Obie Ferguson […]

“TAKE IT VERY SERIOUS”: Taxicab union chief urges drivers to get vaccinated as business picks up

Ferguson: Homeporting was a big boost but the delta COVID variant is a great concern NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the taxicab industry continues to benefit from improved visitor arrivals, President of the Bahamas Taxicab Union Wesley Ferguson yesterday urged cab drivers to get vaccinated as they are often among the first to encounter visitors to […]

HELP US: CPSA calls on govt to shore up staff as healthcare workers desperately overwhelmed

PMH administrator calls hospital situation “grim” “The physicians are at their breaking point; the nurses are at their breaking point” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) President Dr Sabriquet Pinder-Butler yesterday called on the government to immediately move to shore up the healthcare sector with able nurses and doctors, noting that existing staff […]

NO MORE RT-PCR?: CDC withdraws EUA for COVID-19 test; Sands says it will be “logistical switch”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The withdrawal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) emergency use authorization (EUA) of its real-time RT-PCR COVID-19 tests by the end of this year will present a “logistical switch” for The Bahamas, according to former Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands. However, the surgeon suggested the change in testing […]

DISRUPTIVE: PLP leader says latest COVID-19 protocols seek to “micromanage” Bahamians’ lives

Emergency orders restricting campaigning infringe fundamental free speech rights, claims Davis NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Leader (PLP) Philip Brave Davis yesterday slammed the government’s decision to reimplement restrictions amid a surge of coronavirus cases and concerns about recent deaths. During a Ministry of Health press conference on Friday, Minister of Health Renward Wells announced […]

FOR PROTECTION: Viral video prompts officials to defend COVID screening process at maxed-out PMH

Video allegedly shows patients awaiting COVID screening being exposed to rain “The hospital has maintained that it has reached its capacity for COVID-19-positive admissions” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) yesterday defended the ongoing screening process for admission at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) amidst an increase in cases and an overflow of […]

NOT VACCINATED: 98 percent of COVID-19 hospitilzation and deaths were not vaccinated, remaining only had one jab

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — None of the COVID-19 hospitalized cases at Princess Margaret Hosptial (PMH) or COVID-19 related deaths have been individuals who have been fully vaccinated against the virus, according to Director of the National HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Programme Dr Nikkiah Forbes. The data revealed by health officials during a press conference last week […]

HIGH-LEVEL PERKS: Bahamas could receive additional COVID vaccines via “direct arrangement” with US

Govt must meet unspecified standard conditions to receive tranche of doses Bahamas has among the lowest vaccination rates in the Caribbean NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas could receive an additional tranche of COVID-19 vaccines in a direct arrangement with the United States following high-level meetings between CARICOM representatives and the White House, Eyewitness News can confirm. […]

SHOT IN THE ARM: Bahamas gets vaccine supply boost with donation from Caribbean neighbors

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas yesterday received 3,496 doses of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine as the result of a donation from the British Overseas Territories of Montserrat and Anguilla, with the assistance of United Kingdom High Commissioner Sarah Dickson. “The vaccines are a welcome addition to our current vaccine supplies and will be used to […]

“A PANDEMIC OF THE UNVACCINATED”: PAHO calls for more vaccine donations

Only 15% of Latin America and Caribbean fully vaccinated “We clearly need more vaccines and we need them now” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As she underscored that coronavirus infections continue to increase across Central America and smaller Caribbean islands, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa Etienne renewed her call for donations of vaccines to […]