PROTECT THE ELDERLY: COVID death results in renewed restrictions at senior citizens homes

Elder care home outbreak not reported for two weeks Minister could not confirm whether six infected individuals were vaccinated or not NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Social Services Minister Frankie Campbell advised yesterday that restrictions will be reinforced at all elderly care homes after one of the facilities had a COVID-19 exposure resulting in one death and […]

“ANY DAY NOW”: Bahamas will continue to issue first and second doses while awaiting vaccine balance arrival

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee Co-Chair Ed Fields said yesterday The Bahamas is expected to receive the balance of its vaccine doses, approximately 66,000, from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX Facility “any day now”. He said the committee will continue to issue first doses to eligible individuals as well as second […]

PM receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Fully vaccinated individuals not required to submit RT-PCR test when traveling within Bahamas  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he was elated to receive the second dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine yesterday afternoon, telling the media he was glad it was “all over”. “Of course, I didn’t feel anything, but […]

TAKE ACTION OR PAY: Public health measures must be followed and enforced or cases will continue to rise, health official warns

Forbes says stricter protocols may have to be considered going forward NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Director of the National HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Programme Dr Nikkiah Forbes suggested yesterday The Bahamas must take action or risk a further increase in coronavirus infections. Forbes’ comments come as the country tries to mitigate a third wave of COVID-19 […]

NOTHING TO SEE HERE: House speaker says “all issues have been resolved” with executive

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — House Speaker Halson Moultrie advised yesterday that “all issues have been resolved” between him and members of the executive, following a contentious House meeting last week over the failure to respond to a COVID-19 exposure in the Lower Chamber. Parliamentarians met briefly yesterday for the first sitting of the House of Assembly […]

RESTRICTION DISAPPROVAL: Another lockdown would be “economic suicide”, says businessman

Albury: The PM is taking the right approach “Businesses and individuals that do not follow the protocols need to be dealt with” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A Bahamian businessman has urged greater compliance and enforcement of COVID-19 protocols, warning that reimposing restrictions to combat the third wave of the virus in the country would be economic […]

LOST OPPORTUNITY: Former speaker says govt. should have urgently introduced hybrid system for parliamentary sittings

Major: HOA COVID exposure “grossly unfortunate” and ought not to have happened “The government need to practice and start by leading by the rules and the laws that it established.” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government missed the opportunity to introduce a safer, hybrid method for parliamentary proceedings throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, said former House of […]

Cooper blasts govt. over parliamentary “war”

“Our children are watching these discourses” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Deputy Leader Chester Cooper yesterday lambasted the government over the abrupt adjournment of parliamentary proceedings. House Speaker Halson Moultrie accused the executive branch of the government of failing to act in response to a COVID-19 exposure in the Lower Chamber and of […]

EXPOSED: House of Assembly staff quarantined after another employee tests positive for COVID

“Many members were in attendance on Wednesday last week and were served by that particular staffer who has contracted the virus” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A staff member of the House of Assembly has tested positive for COVID-19 and was reportedly symptomatic during last week’s parliamentary sitting, according to House Speaker Halson Moultrie. In an interview […]

IN THE RUNNING: Bahamas willing to purchase US vaccines if donation hopes are dashed

Health minister confident of Bahamas’ chances CARICOM petitions US President Biden on behalf of region NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Health Renward Wells said yesterday The Bahamas is hopeful it will be among the recipients of the 60 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines the Biden administration intends to release to other countries, even if that means […]

UP FOR GRABS: US seeking to donate 60M vaccines; Bahamas could be among recipients

Biden administration expected to announce beneficiaries soon Wells hopeful Bahamas will be among recipients whether by donation or purchase NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While the Biden administration is still working on plans to share 60 million doses of AstraZeneca upon the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) giving its approval, Daniel Durazo, the public affairs officer at […]