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Another Six Added To Virus Death Toll

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

THE Ministry of Health confirmed that six more people have died from COVID-19 as the country recorded an additional 155 new cases of the virus, according to dashboard information for Friday and Saturday.

However, the dashboard yesterday was not released up to press time last night. The dashboard for Saturday, August 22 was released at 12.28am on Sunday as health officials struggle to release the information in a timely manner.

Five deaths were reported on Friday, however only four of them were COVID-19 related. A non-COVID-19 death is someone who died because of another health condition even though they may have tested positive for the virus.

According to the Saturday’s dashboard, 83 COVID-19 patients are currently hospitalised.

Between Friday and Saturday, 91 new cases were confirmed on New Providence, 23 on Grand Bahama, eight on Abaco, six on Bimini, five on Acklins, two on Exuma, two on Crooked Island, three on Inagua and one on the Berry Islands. The location of 14 confirmed cases was classified as “pending.”

Those who died from COVID-19 on Friday include: Case #130, a female of New Providence; Case #152, a 71-year-old female of New Providence; Case #1151, a 54-year-old female of Abaco; and Case #1369, a 45-year-old male of Eleuthera.

Deaths recorded on Saturday are Case #958, a 45-year-old female of New

Providence who died Friday night and Case #1324, a 63-year-old female of New

Providence died Saturday morning.

According to the information provided up to press time, there were 1,765 confirmed cases, of which 1,504 were active, including more than 1,000 in New Providence.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis is expected to participate in a press conference today.

Comments

tribanon 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I cringe whenever I think about all of the Covid-19 deaths, and how overwhelmed our country and our public health system has become, since that most fateful and foolish decision made by Minnis and D'Aguilar to prematurely reopen our borders on July 1.

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ISpeakFacts 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Wonder IF any of those clowns will ever man-up and admit they are at fault, that IF is quite a long shot considering when someone asked Minnis something similar about the surge he ended up throwing a tantrum!

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Cobalt 7 months, 4 weeks ago

For God’s sake y’all please stop being so STUPID. Stupidity is as contagious as the virus itself! So please stop spreading it! No one in the Bahamas is at fault or to blame for the Coronavirus outbreak! It’s a global healthcare crisis to which everyone is subject! No one is immune, and no one is exempt. Whether or not the authorities reopened the boarders, infection and related deaths are going to be inevitable. It was only a matter of time. When was the last time any of you read any scientific literature related to epidemiology or disease occurrences? This is not the first time the World has dealt with a pandemic. But it is the first time the Bahamas has had to deal with one of this magnitude! The coronavirus is a highly contagious, virulent, airborne respiratory pathogen and we are a small, island nation. We live on an over crowded island which creates unique obstacles for government and healthcare officials. Mistakes are going to be made, and we must learn quickly as we go. Talking nonsense and exemplifying stupidity doesn’t help!

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joeblow 7 months, 4 weeks ago

@Cobalt... and despite the global nature of the pandemic different countries have had different experiences based on how they approached the same problem. Consequently, there is a direct correlation between specific actions taken and spread of the virus.

Reading this article might help!

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tribanon 7 months, 4 weeks ago

"We live on an over crowded island which creates unique obstacles for government and healthcare officials."

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tribanon 7 months, 4 weeks ago

"We live on an over crowded island which creates unique obstacles for government and healthcare officials."

I distinctly recollect Minnis using words similar to yours above when he was justifying his first lockdown orders and the need to close our borders to travellers from abroad. Minnis made it a point to repeatedly emphasize how important it was that we keep the so called "curve" of Covid-19 cases as flat as possible in order not to overwhelm our country's very fragile and under-resourced healthcare system. Back then Minnis clearly understood that our country would suffer many more unnecessary deaths if the curve of cases was not kept as flat as possible.

But Minnis and D'Aguilar just couldn't leave well enough alone and decided to do the most foolish and stupid thing imaginable, i.e. prematurely reopen our borders on July 1 in the midst of a major resurgence of Covid-19 cases throughout many states in the US, but especially Florida. What they did is unforgivable in terms of all that it has cost the Bahamian people and our country: the deaths, the insufferable lockdowns, the permanent closing of failed local businesses, the massive unemployment in the private sector, etc. etc.

Say what you want, but most of us know deep down that it didn't have to be this way for us. Many of us knew better than Minnis and D'Aguilar, but they nevertheless chose to ignore are warnings. They had no real plan other to copy as much as possible from the wrong pages in Donald Trump's playbook. End of story.

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ISpeakFacts 7 months, 4 weeks ago

A non-COVID-19 death is someone who died because of another health condition even though they may have tested positive for the virus.

So if someone dies via kidney failure due to the virus they're listed as a "non-covid" death, WHAT A JOKE!!

Also it's Monday morning and the chart for Sunday has yet to be released, is the Ministry of Health afraid of showing the public how many new cases and deaths we recorded in the last 24 hours!?!?

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ohdrap4 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Building up the suspense in anticipation of the upcoming luckdown.

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tetelestai 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Maybe now Bahamians can stop with this insistence to open up the economy because we have to "learn to live with the disease". This great, hero nurse sure as hell isn't living with the disease, is she? Dumb Bahamians.

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ohdrap4 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Well, when all fails, blame the public.

We lost jobs because we are dumb.

We were evicted because we are dumb.

The doctors and politicians are looking very dumb now.

The strategy to make public the private cries of a dying woman is nothing short of cruel.

But no, the doctors civil servants and politicians who denied the health care workers the best prevention available, who told them to go pay for tests if they wanted. They are not dumb, it is us who stand in line at the foodstore who are dumb.

You all being stupid.

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tetelestai 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Last I checked, the politicians and doctors are trying to lock us down to protect us. But of course, silly Bahamians feel like travelling to Miami, going to Wendy's or drinking at Fish Fry is more important. So, yes, blame us. Blame us for not taking this seriously. Blame us for not wearing a gad damn mask, blame us for valuing the economy over people's lives, blame us for not staying our dumb selves inside the house, blame us for hosting brunch parties, blame us for...oh, you get the point.

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tribanon 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Oh yeah. Blame Bahamians but never blame Minnis. LOL

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proudloudandfnm 7 months, 4 weeks ago

If Bahamians don't start cooperating, stay home if you don't need to go anywhere, wear a mask PROPERLY when you do have to go out and keep your distance. This lockdown would be shortened and we'd be able to open up again. But keep in mind when we do open nothing much is going to change in terms of the economy. There will still be no tourism, no FDI, not much of anything. So no idea what you anti-lockdown folks think will happen but we will not see a normal economy until a vaccine is developed or we find another way to thrive that does not include tourism.

What are you people thinking? You honestly believe we'll see an economic boom right now if we open up??

Everyone needs to keep one thing in mind.....

THIS IS 100% TEMPORARY. Life will go back to normal once we have an affective vaccine. Just like it did after the 1918 pandemic....

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TigerB 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I saw starting today Tridndad went on a 28 days lockdown. The problem is we can't take a long lockdown, but we can't take an opening either... where do we go from here?

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tribanon 7 months, 4 weeks ago

And to think we would have had at least our non-tourist dependent local businesses up and running long ago had Minnis and D'Aguilar not prematurely reopened our borders on July 1. Now many of these small local businesses may have failed or be on the verge of failing.

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Topdude 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Tribanon you are a comedian. You are talking out of both sides of your mouth. Check yourself out. You are funny.

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ohdrap4 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I checked online. It started Aug 15.

But, restaurants are open for takeout. Presumably foodstores and pharmacies too

Now tell me where there was a lockdown where foodstores and pharmacies were closed and citizens needed permission from police to move. I am waiting.

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Proguing 7 months, 4 weeks ago

People do not exercise and do not go in the sun to absorb vitamin D, so when they catch Covid-19 their body is too week to fight the virus. Exercising should not be restricted, it should be promoted!

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tribanon 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Absolutely! There's no rationale reason whatsoever for preventing responsible and healthy exercising outdoors. That's just plain common sense.

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