TIMELINE: Eyes on COVID-19 in The Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — It has been just over four months since The Bahamas recorded its first case of the new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 15. To date, there have been 104 cases of COVID-19 throughout the archipelago, including 11 deaths. Of the number, there were 82 confirmed cases on New Providence, eight on Grand Bahama, […]

PM renews call for WHO assistance

Country faces health challenges and “dire economic situation” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Addressing the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly today, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis renewed calls for assistance as The Bahamas faces two “seismic events” that threaten public health and the country’s economy. The prime minister also repeated his call for the international […]

Not enough COVID-19 tests for all travel card applicants

NASSAU BAHAMAS — There are not enough COVID-19 tests in country to screen each applicant for the government’s inter-island travel card program, according to Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delon Brennen. Brennen was responding to questions placed by Eyewitness News about the risk assessment that will guide authorization for individuals to travel throughout the country […]

Temp. health minister absent from COVID-19 press conference

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, who now serves as the temporary health minister, was noticeably absent at yesterday’s coronavirus update press conference. It follows a week filled with controversy over the protocol breach that led to the resignation of former Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands. Minnis addressed the country on Sunday during a […]

15-year-old girl among five new COVID-19 cases

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  The Ministry of Health has confirmed an additional five cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in The Bahamas. This brings the total number of cases up to 89. Among the newly confirmed cases is a 15-year-old girl from Bimini. Two more cases have been confirmed on the island, including a 36-year-old man and a […]

Landlord tells young mother “pay or move”

Mother-of-two says NIB lost unemployment claim after six weeks wait NASSAU, BAHAMAS — After shouldering six long weeks of unemployment due to the country’s coronavirus shutdown, and delays in government assistance, a 25-year-mother of two is facing eviction. Alexis Thompson shared her harrowing story with Eyewitness News on the condition of anonymity and her name […]

COVID19 testing increases in Bimini

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials have began increased coronavirus (COVID-19) testing on Bimini after two more cases of the virus has been confirmed on the island. The first recorded COVID-19 case on Bimini was also the country’s first recorded virus-related death. Kim Johnson-Rolle, the sister of Immigration minister Elsworth Johnson, died in Princess Margaret Hospital […]

Emergency orders amended to regulate care providers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Governor-General has issued an amendment to the Emergency Powers COVD-19 regulations, making way for the regulation of care providers. The amendment inserts a new regulation allowing competent authority to make orders regulating the sector of persons providing medical, therapeutic, and other patient care. The latest order comes as Prime Minister Dr. […]

Chinese Embassy assures safety and security of Bahamians in China

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Chinese Embassy in The Bahamas yesterday assured that the lives and health of Bahamian students in China are being protected, and dismissed reports of increased racism against black people in the country, The comments come amidst ongoing concerns of rising tension in China over the treatment of Africans as a result […]

No Bahamas Carnival until 2021

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Bahamas Carnival 2020 has officially been cancelled with a new date tentatively set for May 2021. “It was our hope that we would have been able to produce an amazing carnival in the fall of 2020,” the Bahamas Carnival Band Owners Association said in a statement obtained by Eyewitness News. “However, […]

Navigating pregnancy and postpartum in the COVID-19 era

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As governments, industries, and citizens world-wide seek to adjust to a new normal amidst the global coronavirus pandemic, new and expectant mothers have also seen challenges in navigating pregnancy and postpartum in the COVID-19 era. Precious Bethell, an expectant first time mother, told Eyewitness News she is struggling to cope with the […]

Dorian National Service of Remembrance postponed

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Disaster Reconstruction Authority (DRA) has announced that it will further postpone of the National Service of Remembrance for victims lost during the passage of Hurricane Dorian last year, due to the nationwide coronavirus. The memorial service was planned for March 28, 2020 in Dundas Town, Abaco. However, according to the DRA, […]

COVID-19 death toll climbs to nine

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – A 50-year-old man who tested positive for coronavirus died this morning, taking the country’s COVID-19 death toll to nine, according to health officials There are now 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas. Of those cases seven are in Grand Bahama, 44 in New Providence, one in Cat Cay, and one […]

Four more COVID-19 cases

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – There are now 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas, as officials confirmed four more cases of the virus today. The latest are on New Providence and have no history and travel. The cases include is a 38-year-old woman and a 33-year-old woman who are hospitalized, along with a 48-year-old woman […]