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 […]

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 […]

Nurses sound alarm over capacity, overcrowded facilities

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) President Amancha Williams yesterday expressed grave concern over the current capacity of healthcare institutions as the country fights its second wave of coronavirus cases. Wilson said nurses are alarmed over the overcrowding of patients in Accident and Emergency at Princess Margaret Hospital in New Providence and the Rand […]

Three COVID-19 deaths, 24 new cases

Cases surge past 500 NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials have confirmed three additional coronavirus related deaths and 24 new confirmed cases as of today. According to the Ministry of Health, three more people were also admitted to hospital. No details on the deaths have been released, however health officials said more information will be provided […]

Tourism reverses decision on hotel COVID testing requirement

Police will monitor hotels to ensure compliance NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Following consultation with health officials and the prime minister, the Ministry of Tourism has pulled back on its requirement for hotels to deny guests who do not have a negative COVID-19 test. In a statement today, the ministry advised that a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test […]

Road Traffic Department to resume drive-up service

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Road Traffic Department will revert to its drive-up service as the country continues to grapple with a record-breaking increase in COVID-19 cases, according to Acting Director of the Road Traffic Department (RTD) Bradley Sands. In an interview with Eyewitness News yesterday, Sands explained that the public has not been following proper […]

STRAINED: Healthcare professionals fear for GB

Fifteen nurses in quarantine, six of whom have tested positive for COVID NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With 190 active cases of the coronavirus in Grand Bahama, healthcare professionals expressed concerns yesterday that the healthcare infrastructure on the island could be maxed out if an influx of patients require hospitalized care. Bahamas Nurses Union (BNU) President Amancha […]

Cousins fined $500 after AirBnb argument

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Two cousins were charged yesterday with breaking the weekend lockdown orders. The pair reportedly left an AirBnB around 1am on Saturday after one of the men got into an argument with his girlfriend. Thorne Sampson, 25, of Gambier Village and Terez Johnson of Gambier Village were arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes […]

Davis: “Ring the bell”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday challenged Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to “ring the bell” and call an election. Davis’ comments came after the prime minister lambasted the Progressive Liberal Party’s record, as he opened debate on a resolution extending the state of emergency and accompanying emergency orders […]

PM: Govt. to review manifesto

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said yesterday that his administration will still seek to implement much of its campaign promises before the end of their first term. Minnis was responding to questions from Eyewitness News over the recent selection of the Consistencies Commission and whether the move signals a delay in the […]

U.S. border closure will not impact geopolitical relationship

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government’s closure of  The Bahamas’ borders to commercial flights from the United States will not have an impact on the geopolitical relationship between the two countries moving forward, Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield said yesterday. During his national address, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced the closure of the country’s […]

State of Emergency to be extended until September 30

PM Minnis: “We cannot lockdown, open up, lockdown, open up” NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis yesterday tabled a resolution in Parliament seeking to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency and emergency orders until September 30. The extension comes as the country experiences a surge in coronavirus cases, with Grand Bahama emerging as […]

Constituencies Commission selected for appointment

Minnis: “In 2022, the Bahamian populace will make their decision” NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The Consistencies Commission has been selected and is awaiting formal appointment by the Governor-General, according to House Speaker Halson Moultrie yesterday. Moultrie, however, did not reveal the names of the members selected, noting that he did not want to preempt the process. […]

Airport chaos amid GB border closure

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the borders to Grand Bahama closed yesterday amidst a surge in new COVID-19 cases, several flights entering and departing the island were delayed, turned around or deboarded. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that Grand Bahama will be placed on a two-week lockdown and all international and domestic flights will be stopped, […]

Lloyd: No problems with National Exams

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd yesterday disputed reports that there were challenges with the start of the National Examinations. “I have no confirmation of those allegations, none whatsoever,” Lloyd told reporters outside Cabinet. “Every single investigation and assessment that I have discovered as of this morning is that the examinations went on […]