‘SOMEONE FORGOT’: Health minister says vaccine delivery got delayed due to missed application

“Now with negotiations, it will be here in the first week of November, thank God” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas’ delivery of Pfizer vaccines from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX Facility was delayed because “someone forgot to apply” under the former administration, Minister of Health Dr Michael Darville said yesterday. Darville suggested that while […]

READY TO RESUME: Public schools ready for face-to-face learning once health officials give green light

Frequent COVID testing being considered for reopening of schools and return to face-to-face learning NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While the majority of public schools across the country are prepared for face-to-face learning, Director of Education Marcellus Taylor said on Monday that the ministry awaits the advice of health officials amidst the current COVID-19 climate. Over the […]

THE READ: GB CORAL FARM PUTS COUNTRY BACK IN THE GLOBAL CLIMATE SPOTLIGHT — WHAT WILL WE DO WITH IT?

Grand Bahama-based coral restoration farm lands inaugural £1 million Earthshot Prize FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA — Transmuting the country from victim to actor at the forefront of the global climate race, the principals of Coral Vita – the world’s first land-based commercial coral reef restoration farm – have won the UK’s inaugural £1 million Earthshot Prize. […]

‘IT COMES TO STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY’: Inagua hurting over continued loss of residents to COVID-19

“On the island, everybody feels the death of the person… If it hasn’t impacted you yet, it will impact you in some way” Inagua resident believes lockdowns could have helped prevent surge NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Residents on Inagua are mourning the sixth person from the island to succumb to COVID-19 symptoms, with relatives and family […]

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Former health minister says decisions today have led to Family Island surges

“This is when you have political pronouncements taking place before a campaign and then after you would have won a government” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Minister of Health Renward Wells said yesterday that the Davis-led government has to take responsibility for the repercussions of its decisions to ease restrictions. Wells dismissed Foreign Affairs Minister Fred […]

DELAYING CARE COULD BE DEATH SENTENCE: Pinder-Butler urges Family Islanders to take COVID precautions

“You don’t have a while with this; you don’t have a while…” Public education and vaccination campaign to be expanded on islands “at risk” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) President Dr Sabriquet Pinder-Butler yesterday encouraged Family Island residents to take urgent steps to protect themselves and their families against the coronavirus. She […]

URGENT ACTION: Health teams mobilized as COVID-19 cases skyrocket across archipelago

Free testing programme to pilot on impacted Family Islands Protocols on Inagua, North Eleuthera & the Berry Islands under review as COVID-19 cases soar NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials have launched an urgent assessment into islands in the southern and central Bahamas as COVID-19 cases skyrocket on several Family Islands in recent weeks. In a […]

‘THERE IS NO PLAN’: Former PM bashes govt’s handling of COVID pandemic amid Family Island surge

Minnis: The PLP does not have a way forward on the pandemic NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Former Prime Minister and Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr Hubert Minnis lashed the new Davis administration for what he called a “disastrous, incompetent and chaotic response to the COVID-19 pandemic”. His criticism comes as cases on several Family Islands […]

Fourteen more COVID-related deaths recorded, 10 more under investigating

Long Island administrator believes cases stemmed from fishing trip NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Another 14 people were claimed by the coronavirus this month, pushing total COVID-19-related deaths to 622, the Ministry of Health reported yesterday. There have been 55 COVID-related deaths this month alone, thought infections continue to trend downward. Among the latest deaths were eight […]

WELLNESS CRISIS: Psychologist agrees with pause of Sandilands admissions but notes marked mental health impact

Thompson expects to face “thousands of individuals who are going to need assistance with the massive loss of life we have been experiencing in the last 12 months” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The moratorium on forensic admissions at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre (SRC) is “probably the right thing to do” to avoid another crisis of overcrowding […]

STILL STUCK ABROAD: Travel ban on Haiti under review as Bahamians and residents still unable to return

Man stuck in Haiti since March: We have been damaged, neglected and abandoned NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the government seeks to arrange for permanent residents and citizens of The Bahamas who remain stuck in Haiti to return home, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell said the government is not minded to retain the existing travel ban on […]

“TESTING WORKS”: Doctor’s Hospital at just under 700K COVID tests to date; positivity rate lower for regular testers

“Testing was clearly tied to the opening of the economy” DHHS plans to open 30-bed hospital on GB next fall NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Doctor’s Hospital has conducted just under 700,000 COVID-19 tests and found that positivity rates were three times lower for people engaged in weekly employer-mandated testing programs, according to a top executive. Dennis […]

Caribbean and Latin America experienced larger share of COVID infections and deaths based on region size, says report

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Structural inequities in health and disparities in coronavirus vaccine availability in the region have resulted in unequal distribution of infections and deaths, according to a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) report. “The unequal distribution and global asymmetry between developed and developing countries […]

“ENCOURAGING FIRST STEP”: Abaco chamber welcomes housing proposal and other infrastructure initiatives

Govt reviewing 150 house-building proposals for Abaco Davis said his govt focused on “the ongoing suffering of the people” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Abaco Chamber of Commerce Director Krista Albury said yesterday Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis’ announcement that the government is reviewing a housing proposal for 150 homes is a “breath of fresh air”. “I […]