PAHO: 156 countries worldwide have joined facility for COVID-19 vaccine

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa F. Etienne yesterday urged countries in the Americas to prepare for vaccinations against the coronavirus. During PAHO’s weekly press briefing, Etienne noted the region has reported more than 15.5 million cases and some 530,000 deaths due to COVID-19 thus far. She pointed to the […]

Harvard professor calls for “deliberate strategy” towards economic diversification

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities in the social and economic structure of countries across the region, a Bahamian economist and Harvard University professor said yesterday. Dr Peter Blair called for a ‘deliberate strategy’ towards economic diversification during a Caribbean Economic Forum on Tuesday night. Blair pushed back […]

Extension of emergency order “nonsense” — says Q.C.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government’s intention to extend the public state of emergency and emergency orders for another month is “impermissible”, said Wayne Munroe, Q.C. yesterday. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday tabled a resolution extending the orders until October 31. Parliament is expected to debate the extension at the next sitting of the House. […]

PAHO Director: “If our health systems are not prepared, it is not the time to reopen”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa F. Etienne yesterday urged countries to continue to take major control interventions as they move to restart their economies. Etienne pointed specifically to the challenge of countries reopening for travel and implementing measures that have seen “limited impact”. “Although the entire world is racing […]

Correctional officers call for heightened measures to mitigate COVID spread

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — President of the Correctional Officers Staff Association Herve Culmer said yesterday that more heightened measures need to be implemented at the prison, with officers ensuring they are adhering to health protocols. Culmer’s comment comes after several correction officers have been infected with COVID-19 in recent weeks. There are currently nine active cases […]

D’Aguilar: Govt. not prepared to ease travel requirements

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar said today that while other countries may have loosened travel restrictions to reopen their economy, The Bahamas is not prepared to go that the extent. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet, D’Aguilar unerscored there it is an ongoing discussion between tourism and public health officials over the matter. Under […]

Law enforcement agencies retooling crime strategies for storm-hit islands

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday that law enforcement agencies are adjusting their crime-fighting strategies in order to better address the concerns of residents on Abaco. Dames, along with Commissioner of Police Paul Rolle and Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Raymond King, visited Abaco on Sunday where they toured the […]

Breezes used to house suspected COVID cases

However, facility houses ‘persons under investigation’ of COVID, not positive cases NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials yesterday sought to clarify that while the National Response Facility at SuperClubs Breezes has transferred cases of COVID-19 from the facility, it is not being used to house infected patients. The revelation comes after conflicting reports over the use […]

Lockdowns could be recommended for parts of New Providence if necessary, says CMO

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials could recommend a lockdown for specific parts of New Providence if the number of cases continues to increase and become concentrated in a particular area or areas, according to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Pearl McMillian. McMillian, who was responding to questions from the media during a Ministry of Health virtual […]

Emergency Order outlines latest restrictions

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government has issued the latest emergency orders outlining a range of eased restrictions, including the removal of the need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test when traveling from Grand Bahama. The order delineates varying restrictions for the islands of The Bahamas and businesses, grouped under three schedules. It maintains countrywide guidelines on […]

Doctors Hospital reduces cost for domestic travel-related COVID-19 testing

Patrons express frustration over wait for test results NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With COVID-19 testing still a mandatory requirement for inter-island travel from Nassau, many residents are expressing concern over the cost of testing and the time frame to get results back. Several local healthcare facilities have now begun offering COVID-19 tests. Among them are Doctor’s […]

Bahamasair chairman says COVID-19 testing requirements may keep demand for domestic flights low

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Bahamasair Chairman Tommy Turnquest said yesterday that he is confident the airline is prepared to resume its domestic flight schedule today. “I’ve been told that we are ready to go,” Turnquest told Eyewitness News. “We’re only flying the ATRs because we are only going to the Family Islands.” Turnquest advised that the airline currently […]