Pm Announces 20 New Cases, Relaxation Of Lockdown Measures For Some Islands

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speaks on Sunday.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis speaks on Sunday.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis on Sunday announced the relaxation of lockdown measures on some islands.

In his national national address, Dr Minnis said from 5am on Monday on the islands of Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay, Long Island. Rum Cay and Ragged Island, normal commercial and social activity, including church services and the opening of beaches and parks may resume.

The Prime Minister said the lockdown and curfew have been lifted for these islands because health officials have not recorded any suspected COVID-19 activity at there for at least two weeks.

Though there are no confirmed cases on San Salvador, a travel-related swab is pending test results.

Travel between the islands where the lockdown has been lifted will be permitted without the COVID-19 testing and 14-day quarantine requirements that are outlined in the Emergency Powers Order.

Dr Minnis also announced that there are 20 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 898.

Also from Dr Minnis’ address:

As Princess Margaret Hospital approaches capacity, the Public Hospitals Authority has sought alternate accommodations for the relocation of 33 boarders. An assessment team is examining sites to determine their suitability as a care centre for the boarders. Given the increase of COVID-19 cases requiring intervention, the PHA has also engaged SuperClubs Breezes.

Clinical management of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases will be treated at the following locations on New Providence:

a. South Beach Centre – Mild to moderate presentation

b. Princess Margaret Hospital – Moderate to severe presentation

c. Doctors Hospital Health System (West) – Moderate to severe presentation

The Prime Minister on personal protective equipment (PPE): “The government has made the necessary investment in PPEs to ensure that all public healthcare workers, be they frontline staff or support staff, are properly protected while performing their duties. This also ensures that those seeking treatment within our institutions are afforded the best care in the most sterile environment possible.

“The inventory of personal protective equipment (PPE) is monitored daily. Key personnel within the Supplies Management Agency identify the quantities of each specific stock on hand; the amount distributed to each public healthcare site; as well as the quantity of new supplies received at our warehouses.

“I am advised that any temporary shortages within wards or units when they occur, are short-lived as the Supplies Management Agency uses a top-up system that facilitates restocking as soon as inventory reaches a pre-determined level.”

The government has established a Contact Tracing Command Centre at the Melia Hotel to address urgent matters related to contact tracing in The Bahamas.

Grand Bahama, like Abaco, will have shopping days return to Monday through Friday for the general public. On Saturday, the hours will also be extended for essential workers.

Other islands will have an extension of food store hours to 7pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 6pm on Saturday for essential workers. Food stores can restock on Tuesday, Thursday and now Sunday, to ensure that shelves are fully stocked for the designated shopping days.


rodentos 5 months, 1 week ago

open, close, open, close, open, close, open, close, open, close, open, close, open, close, open, close, ...


Amused 5 months, 1 week ago

Pure dimwit. Also I don't know why the economic recovery committee is taking so long? It's only goning to be talk and a bunch of hot air


ThisIsOurs 5 months, 1 week ago

he mimics, does whatever is the de rigeur. Now that everyone is complimenting Mia Motley he comes out with lockdowns are a last resort and he doesn't like them either but just last week it was y'all good fuh nuttin hard headed Bahamians can't hear well yuh guh feel. He shut down the beaches at the drop of a hat with no evidence that they were a source of spread. Florida was doing it so why not?

That's why were getting this disjointed, up down response.


TalRussell 5 months, 1 week ago

Sit up straight, take notes. Would we too be considered an English crown jewel colony?
Hong Kong, Britain's most envied of crown jewels amongst her former colonies has just arrested business billionaire tycoon.
Comrade Jimmy Lai under the 30 June 2020 controversial national security law. Comrade Lai is a high profile activist accused of being the mastermind who has day and night spread waves of negative information against the central authorities.
Commode Lai who also holds British citizenship has publicly said that the new law spells the death knell for the former British colony, that Hong Kong without the rule of law there can be no protection. Nod Once for Yeah, Twice for No?


hj 5 months, 1 week ago

"Lockdowns are the last resort" Really? It seems it is the inly thing you know to do


tribanon 5 months, 1 week ago

Our most 'incompetent authority' is a big jerk who takes great joy in jerking us around.


ColumbusPillow 5 months, 1 week ago

14 deaths/393,000 population is a COVID19 death rate of 0.0036%. That is comforting. Even that rate is misleading because many of these deaths involved people with other problems other than COVID19. The COVID19 ONLY death rate is probably lower.


licks2 5 months, 1 week ago

Dumb people them around here. . .spittal pushers with no clue for better!! If yinna really want to see the real problem for dumb things in this nation. . .FIND DA BIGGEST MIRROR IN YINNA HOUSE AND LOOK INSIDE. . .AWO!

Not all er yinna really. . .but the majority on this site. . .THIS LAME BRAIN SITE!! Now before yinna start crying with yinna childish self. . .what ya can't take. . .DON'T GIVE!!


tribanon 5 months, 1 week ago

You remind me of Minnis's wife. LOL


TigerB 5 months, 1 week ago

COVID is here for a long time no matter who is prime minister!!


tribanon 5 months, 1 week ago

May be so, but that should not mean we are to remain for a long time without our most basic rights and civil liberties that are guaranteed to each Bahamian under our Constitution. And it certainly should not mean we have to keep our current most 'incompetent authority' as our self-annointed supreme ruler.


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