RISING UP: As COVID cases triple, health stakeholders call for public to “pay attention”

Another 37 infections confirmed Saturday, 24 had a history of travel NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Coronavirus infections have more than tripled in the last month, though health stakeholders have not yet determined whether the trend is sustained, an early indication of another wave, or predominantly the result of increased economic activity and travel. In an interview with […]

ANOTHER ROUND OF RELAXED COVID RULES: Some events do not need approval as guidelines eased

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis yesterday announced a series of relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions, including the easing of rules surrounding large events. The change comes as the country sees vastly reduced numbers of infections and hospitalizations. Davis said restrictions on recitals, regattas, in-person conferences, seminars or workshops and drive-thru cookouts will be […]

NO MORE POST-TRAVEL SWAB: Day-5 COVID test for visitors to be eliminated

Negative COVID test still required to enter The Bahamas Free test for departing US visitors to be included in travel health visa program  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism, Investments and Aviation Minister Chester Cooper said yesterday that the day-five COVID-19 testing requirement for visitors will be eliminated. Cooper told reporters yesterday: “Effectively what is going to […]

COVID FRAUD CRACKDOWN: Police launch investigation into fake vaccination cards

MOH urges printing companies to stop illegal activity NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Police have launched an investigation into reports of fake coronavirus vaccination cards that falsely claim the cardholder has been vaccinated abroad. The ministry advised in a statement on Monday that it was made aware that some printing companies and other entities have been producing cards […]

MORE SHOTS, LESS RED TAPE: Increased vaccination to result in further easing of restrictions, says Darville

Minister of health encourages undocumented migrants to come forward NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While he did not provide a specific rate, Minister of Health Dr Michael Darville this week suggested that increased vaccine coverage in The Bahamas could result in a further easing of COVID-19 rules. He encouraged residents, including undocumented migrants, to come forward to […]

BETTER COVERAGE: Vaccine committee looking to improve jab uptake via education and incentives

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee Member Dr Danny Davis yesterday said he believes the nation can boost its vaccination numbers with a greater focus on teenagers and young adults. This comes as relatively low vaccination coverage persists in many Caribbean countries, including The Bahamas, nearly a year after doses began being administered in […]

BAMSI offers academic support to Ministry of Environment staff

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) president Dr Erecia Hepburn extended an offer of academic support to Ministry of Environment staff during a recent official visit. Hepburn met with Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources David Cates at the Institute’s corporate office on East Bay Street, where she […]

PAHO delivers 100 million COVAX vaccine doses to Latin America and the Caribbean

Milestone reached with delivery of 1.5M total doses, donated by Spain to Ecuador WASHINGTON, DC — The number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine delivered by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to Latin America and the Caribbean reached 100 million on Tuesday, February 15, thanks to the efforts of the organization’s Revolving Fund, the procurement […]

Reduced public health measures contributed to deadly COVID-19 surge in the Americas, PAHO director says

Deaths rose to 202 people per hour in the region despite overall decline in cases WASHINGTON, DC — Complacency around mask wearing, travel and indoor gatherings created a perfect opportunity for the new omicron variant to spread rapidly throughout the region and increase deaths, said PAHO Director Carissa F Etienne yesterday. She noted that many […]

SURPLUS: Govt beefing up vaccination campaigns in race against shelf life

Health minister hopes 80% vaccinated before end of year NASSAU, BAHAMAS — With a surplus of vaccines in the country and continued vaccination hesitancy, the government is moving to decentralize vaccination centers and beef up its education campaign.  During a pop-up vaccination initiative at Yellow Elder Park on Saturday, Minister of Health Dr Michael Darville […]

VAX POLICY IN FULL FORCE: Several contract workers at BTC let go over vaccination status

Benjamin: Workers should have been given option to test weekly instead BCPOU alleges foreign workers brought in to replace contract workers  NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A handful of Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) contractual workers who did not wish to become vaccinated against the coronavirus did not receive new contracts due to the company’s vaccination policy that […]