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Four Newly Confirmed Cases Of Covid-19

The Ministry of Health announced on Monday that there are four additional confirmed cases of COVID-19. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 64.

The newly confirmed cases are as follows:

• Case #61 is a 56-year-old man of New Providence with no history of travel. This case is in isolation at home.

• Case #62 is a 66-year-old man of New Providence with no history of travel. This case is hospitalised. 

• Case #63 is a 52-year-old man of New Providence with no history of travel. This case is also hospitalised.

• Case #64 is 51-year-old male of New Providence with no history of travel. This case is hospitalised as well.

Investigations of these new cases are ongoing, and health officials continue to follow the condition of the other current COVID-19 positive cases.

There have been seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Bahama, 55 confirmed cases in New Providence, one confirmed case in Cat Cay, and one confirmed case on the island of Bimini. 

The general public is advised that 247 people recently completed the recommended 14 days of quarantine and have been released. Currently, the 

quarantine numbers total 651.

The Ministry of Health is also reminding individuals who have been advised to remain home in quarantine or isolation that they are expected to stay in their homes until the time of quarantine or isolation has ended. Kindly give consideration to having a family member complete shopping 

errands for essential items. Following this advice is paramount to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. 

Comments

SP 3 months, 2 weeks ago

As I predicted confirmed cases are increasing the closer we get to months end. This is probably partially due to the much belated mandatory wearing of masks in public and food stores, pharmacies, etc. Numbers will most likely continue going up rapidly until around mid-May from this lack of masks wearing misstep.

Secondly, making it mandatory for people to wear face coverings and encouraging local production may be well-intentioned, however, having individuals wearing masks that do not offer protection from the virus is not an optimal solution at this stage of the epidemic.

People should be wearing masks that actually both protect them from contracting the virus AND prevent them from spreading the virus.

The Chinese use a class of masks called "KN95 civilian" masks. Although not actually rated as "medical" masks, KN95 masks are designed to protect the user from contracting and exposing others to the virus. After the virus is under control, people can go to the cloth masks.

Opening the economy now even a little as planned is a very bad idea. It will only cause numbers to explode again in two to three weeks and we will be worse off than we are now and back to square one!!

With numbers now quickly on the rise, obviously, this is not the time to relax and ease up. Better to go the opposite route, bite the bullet, and tighten down on movement by extending the lockdown as is on weekends, only allowing movement to food stores, pharmacies, gas stations, hotels, and other "real" essential workers except in cases of emergencies which should allow movement with permission.

The current 311 number never answers, is an absolute waste of time.

We need to seriously enforce the lockdown and encourage as many people as possible to upgrade masks to NIOSH-approved N95 respirators or at least the Chinese civil KN95 masks, or we might be in this mess for much longer than is necessary.

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ohdrap4 3 months, 2 weeks ago

When I did try the 311 was always busy. However my text to the Whatsapp was answered quickly and I obtained permission to commute during the lockdown. I was stopped at one roadblock along the way.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Masks of any kind are not the answer to the Red China Virus. It's likely more than a third of the population on New Providence has already been infected, most of whom showed only mild symptoms or were asymptomatic throughout the period of their infection. Frequent and vigorous washing of hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being out in public, keeping your hands away from your face and practicing social distancing as much as possible are the key measures for protecting yourself and others around you.

Government should be making sure the public has access to soaps, cleansers, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, paper towels/knapkins, tissue paper, etc. by ensuring the supply chain for these items is free of all customs duties and fees of every kind with relaxed import regulations, and measures to prevent the hoarding of these products by panic-type buyers and those seeking to game the system for price gouging purposes.

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proudloudandfnm 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Actually masks are probably the most important safeguard right now....

They protect us from people exhaling or sneezing or coughing on something or someone we touch.

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mandela 3 months, 2 weeks ago

I think the masks are to stop others from coughing, sneezing or spitting on someone else, the virus does not float thru the air and can be breathed in, the purpose of wearing the masks in public is that individuals don't cough, sneeze or spit on one another by accident.

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proudloudandfnm 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Exactly. The masks are not to protect you, they are to protect others...

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ThisIsOurs 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Masks also have a risk, they make people careless, thinking I have on a mask so... I can lean on a wall, touch doors, sit on the railing, hold the mask. I've seen several people covering the mask with their palm for extra protection ...oxymoron that. There are no simple solutions with this thing...a coordinated approach which includes wide spread testing, acknowledging it's costly, challenging and difficult, is needed

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joeblow 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Based on the lack of testing taking place, the real question to ask is how many deaths have and are happening from respiratory causes that are NOT confirmed COVID 19, if any!

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SP 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Intitled opinions are expected. You geniuses can "TINK" and debate the masks wearing issue until GODS' kingdom comes.

I will wear N95 or KN95 masks because "N95 respirators and KN95 masks are considered the gold standard for those on the frontlines. When worn properly — securely fitted to a wearer’s face — they offer protection from about 95% of small particles (0.3 microns in size) and large droplets."

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/...">https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/...

Ditto for the Chinese KN95 masks which were approved by the FDA for surgical use in the USA!

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I don't care.......Carry on smartly!

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