SICK AGAIN: Nurses call foul over ‘hidden’ shift system clause

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Nurses in Grand Bahama are reportedly calling in sick today amid revelations that a long-protested shift system was embedded in the appointment letters of new hires. Bahamas Nurses President Amancha Williams told Eyewitness News that she is investigating reports that members have called in sick and suggested the action could be more […]

South Eleuthera MP confirmed positive for COVID-19

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Central and South Eleuthera MP Hank Johnson confirmed today that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson, who posted the update to his Facebook page, said he is currently hospitalized in New Providence. “I thank the medical staff for their skilled and detailed care of me and all the Bahamians battling this […]

Construction on the Rand Memorial Hospital to be complete in September, says GB minister

NASSAU, BAHAMAS –  Minister of State for Grand Bahama Kwasi Thompson yesterday said reconstruction of the Rand Memorial Hospital is expected to be completed next month. Thompson made the revelation in a statement hitting back at criticisms from the Progressive Liberal Party over the government’s mitigation efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus on […]

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 […]

MOFA: No position yet on U.S./Bahamas travel

Bahamas Miami Consul General warns against non-essential travel to Florida NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield said yesterday that the government has yet to determine an official position on travel to COVID-19 hotspots in the United States. Henfield noted that the prime minister chaired a meeting yesterday with the Minister of Tourism, […]

Davis: Bahamas cannot afford a misstep with reopening

WHO said Friday the world has entered “new and dangerous” phase of pandemic NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday raised concern over whether the government has implemented sufficient safety protocols to ready The Bahamas and its citizens for the influx of potentially virus carrying visitors upon the reopening of the country’s borders to […]

No new cases of COVID

One confirmed new case in last five days NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas has no new cases of COVID-19 today, according to the Ministry of Health. In a statement, the ministry said there have been 93 cases of the virus, and 43 remain active. Six COVID-patients remain hospitalized. Thirty-nine people have recovered from the virus. […]

Waves of panicked shopping

Extended lockdown prompts rush to food stores, gas stations Chaotic scenes around New Providence as tensions rise Shoppers cont. to trickle out of stores after 10pm NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Waves of shoppers swarmed food stores throughout New Providence yesterday, enduring hours-long lines in high temperatures in hopes of stocking up ahead of the five-day nationwide […]

Sands: We have adequate capacity to combat COVID-19

WHO says COVID-19 not ordinarily an aerosol, but may be possible in “specific circumstances” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Health Dr Duane Sands today reaffirmed the government’s preparedness and capacity to combat a “surge” of COVID-19 cases should local spread continue and peak in The Bahamas. “All across The Bahamas Mr. Speaker we have been […]

Shantytown residents in the dark about COVID-19 risks

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Some residents in shantytowns throughout New Providence are unaware of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and have yet to take the necessary precautions to reduce its spread locally. The Bahamas is bracing for further impact of the global pandemic after recording its first confirmed case of the virus, which can cause severe […]

PMH, Rand limited to emergency services

Shutdown of majority of services, the result of union industrial action NASSAU,BAHAMAS — As scores of junior doctors withdrew services over holiday pay issues, there was a shutdown of significant services at Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and the Rand Memorial Hospital in Grand Bahama, among other public health facilities, as a result. Approximately 400 junior […]