IN THE DETAILS: Senior physicians welcome healthcare deployment, but call lack of specifics “unfortunate”

“We hoped that their hiring would have been fast-tracked so that we could help the present situation” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) President Dr Sabriquet Pinder-Butler said yesterday that while Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ announcement of additional hires of healthcare workers was “good to know”, the lack of details or a timeline […]

Police to step up enforcement of coronavirus restrictions over holiday weekend

Over 60 percent vaccination of RBPF vaccinated NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle said yesterday that authorities will increase their presence across the island over the Emancipation holiday weekend. “I just signed the operation order for the holiday this morning,” Rolle told the media. “We’ll be continuing our efforts and stepping it up […]

PM recaps govt’s COVID surge response: $7M on more medical staff; 18 more PMH hospital beds; stronger contact tracing

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government will spend $7.2 million to engage medical staff, and 18 hospital beds will be added to the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) inventory as part of a “continued aggressive and comprehensive” approach to combat a surge in COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced last night. The prime minister was […]

“FOR THE 10TH TIME”: PAHO encourages vaccine push, urging govt to continue combatting misinformation

“It is not true that the increase in cases is due to vaccinated people” PAHO looking to ensure countries have enough vaccines for 20% of their populations NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Assistant Director Dr Jarbas Barbosa called for countries to prioritize vaccine campaigns, noting that data shows secondary infection in close […]

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: PM urges public to adopt self-restrictions amid surge

No further restrictions announced Children ages 12-17 to become eligible for COVID vaccine NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis tonight called on residents to exercise more personal responsibility amid increasing coronavirus cases and related hospitalizations and deaths. Noting that The Bahamas remains in a surge, the prime minister said the nation must continue […]

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 […]