Labour Day motorcade would have worked, said TUC President

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Obie Ferguson yesterday expressed disappointment over the government’s decision to reject the union’s request to host a Labour Day Motorcade. The motorcade would have replaced the annual events that were canceled as a result of the global coronavirus and emergency measures implemented by the government […]

Govt. begins remotely monitoring quarantined individuals

Ireland-based company launched in late 2019 and provides service in 20 countries  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government has begun monitoring individuals in quarantine today through the use of a geographical fencing and security application known as Hubbcat. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Delon Brennen confirmed yesterday the rollout out of the program was smooth so […]

Dahl-Regis: Expanded testing must be balanced

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Despite efforts to procure additional COVID-19 test kits and the components enabling those tests to be performed, The Bahamas remains challenged to offer widespread community-based testing. During a broadcasted press conference, health consultant in the Office of the Prime Minister Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis said The Bahamas has more than 3,000 PCR tests, […]

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 […]

Mixed feelings over Sands’ resignation

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The resignation of former Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands has sent shockwaves throughout the country, with Bahamians and residents across the archipelago expressing mixed views over the mounting controversy. The prime minister accepted Sands’ resignation five days after it was revealed a family of six Americans had been allowed to disembark a […]

Reopened Inagua remains on “high alert”

PAHO has sounded alarm for humanitarian crisis in Haiti, increasing concerns for illegal migration NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Inagua Island Administrator Marlon Leary said since the return of full commercial activity on the island a sense of normalcy has returned, but residents and authorities of the southernmost island remain on “high alert” to preventing the coronavirus (COVID-19) […]

GB emergency supplies still not replenished since Dorian

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Emergency supplies on Grand Bahama have not been replenished since Hurricane Dorian and there is currently insufficient supplies on the island for the next emergency, according to a recent assessment by the International of Migration (IOM). The Assessment of Preparedness of Emergency Shelters on Grand Bahama and The Abaco Islands for 2020 Hurricane […]

CDC: Caribbean region faces resource challenges with COVID-19 management

Even after peak, vulnerable groups could remain susceptible to COVID-19 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Centers for Disease and Prevention representative Dr Emily Zielinski-Gutierrez while there has been a much higher level of laboratory capacity in the region compared to a decade ago, jurisdictions in the Caribbean face a large number of COVID-19 related-challenges. However, Zielinski-Gutierrez, the […]

Govt. coronavirus app will alert when out of bounds

Govt. still exploring monitoring bracelets to help track quarantine breachers  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government’s coronavirus (COVID-19) app will have a tracking element that will alert when quarantined individuals step outside set virtual boundaries, Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said today. Speaking outside of Cabinet, Sands advised that along with the new app, the government […]

Sands: 1,100 people tested for COVID-19 to date

Ministry has spent $2 million on PPEs NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said officials must continue to prioritize testing as there are only 1,000 swabs remaining in country. Sands noted there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for at least another month, with another shipment of swabs expected […]

Bimini emerges as new COVID-19 hotspot

Health minister: Social distancing proves to be effective tool in flattening COVID-19 curve Country’s case fatality rate (CFR) at 13.8 percent NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands said today that Bimini has emerged as a hotspot for COVID-19 despite 80 percent of all cases emanating from the capital. In Parliament today, the […]

PM reveals five-phase plan to reopen economy

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government’s COVID-19 Coordinating Committee is drafting plans to gradually re-open the Bahamian economy in five phases, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Minnis said the National COVID-19 Coordinating Committee co-chaired by Dr Pearl McMillan, Chief Medical Officer and Matt Aubry, Executive Director of the Organisation for Responsible Governance (ORG), has […]

PM: No COVID-19 evictions until end of June

Eligible renters will have 12 months to pay back deferred rent NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis today unveiled a rental assistance program that allows individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to have 40 percent of their rent deferred for three months. Minnis told Parliament there should be no evictions between now until […]

Victoria Court fire smokes out national lab

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — National laboratory technicians working around-the-clock to test for COVID-19 were shrouded in dense smoke this morning after a fire broke out at a building in the Royal Victoria Gardens. According to Fire Services, officers were still working to extinguish the blaze at the former Royal Victoria Hotel, whose sprawling grounds are located […]