NP COVID-19 cases surpass GB cases

751 COVID-19 cases NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The number of cases in New Providence has surpassed the number of cases in Grand Bahama as the country sees a significant second surge of coronavirus cases, which began in early July. Health officials confirmed  30 new cases of COVID-19 in New Providence and six new infections on Grand […]

Sand Dollar to launch nationwide in October

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The digital Bahamian currency Sand Dollar is expected to be available nationwide in October, according to Central Bank Governor John Rolle. Rolle said there has been significant progress with regards to the Sand Dollar roll-out. “We are doing the work behind the scenes to complete the integration of the infrastructure with the […]

COVID-19 deals ‘devastating shock’ to economy

NASSAU, BAHAMAS —The Bahamian economy will need time to recover from the ‘devastating shock’ of COVID-19, according to a top private sector representative. Jeffrey Beckles, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation’s (BCCEC) chief executive, told Eyewitness News the country must manage its expectations. Beckles said: “A lot of people are anxious in the […]

PMH severely challenged by increase in suspected COVID-19 cases

Public urged to utilize the COVID-19 prevention protocols ahead of visit NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) today underscored severe challenges faced by the Princess Margaret Hospital due to the influx of suspected COVID-19 patients to the Accident & Emergency Department (A&E). The authority moved to acknowledge key issues underpinning yesterday’s sick-out of […]

Scores of immigration officers test positive for COVID-19

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Immigration minister Elsworth Johnson yesterday confirmed “no less than 30” Immigration officers have tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson declined further comment when pressed for more details ahead of a Cabinet meeting. Director of Immigration Clarence Russell yesterday confirmed some 29 immigration officers have have had to quarantine during the pandemic. Russell declined […]

Central Bank: Economy to shrink up to 20 percent

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Foreign exchange inflows through the banking system fell by over 50 percent during April through June compared to last year, the Central Bank has reported, with the regulator now forecasting that the economy could shrink by 15 to 20 percent this year. Central Bank Governor John Rolle underscored the Bahamian economy “contracted […]

‘We are a nation in crisis’ — says Davis

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Opposition leader Philip Davis yesterday pointed to the latest lockdown order as evidence of the government’s failure to effectively mitigate the COVID-19 crisis. Davis said he was infuriated by the prime minister’s revelation over the capacity of ICU beds, and apparent failure to support and protect healthcare workers – particularly doctors and […]

TIPPING POINT: PMH’s Accident and Emergency Dept. at capacity

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With health care facilities in New Providence and Grand Bahama reaching capacity, healthcare workers warn the government that they are at a “tipping point” as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the country. Bahamas Doctors Union President Dr Melisande Bassett said staff members at the Princess Margaret Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department […]

No funds for constant repatriations

Immigration minister urges Bahamians to take COVID-19 seriously NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson yesterday said the country could not afford constant repatriations of undocumented migrants apprehended in Bahamian waters. Johnson underscored the cost was not only financial, pointing to risks to livelihood as the country grapples with rising coronavirus cases. His comments come […]