Seven Cases On Board Cargo Ship As Numbers Rise


Tribune Senior Reporter


THE Bahamas recorded 38 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the most since November 16 when 56 cases were confirmed.

Seven of these new cases “tested positive for COVID-19 onboard a cargo vessel sailing in Bahamian waters near Grand Bahama,” the Ministry of Health said in its COVID-19 report yesterday.

“Consequently, all positive COVID-19 cases have been isolated on the vessel and none of its crew members were permitted to disembark,” the ministry said.

Seventy-four cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the last week. This compares with 67 the week before and 134 the week before that.

Health officials did not offer further comment yesterday on the uptick in the cases.

However, yesterday marked 14 days since the US Thanksgiving holiday. The COVID-19 incubation period is 14 days.

In an interview with Eyewitness News earlier this week, head of the country’s infectious diseases programme Dr Nikkiah Forbes said: “We’re still in the waiting period. Thanksgiving was the 25th of November. And that was exactly two weeks ago now. But we know that around that holiday weekend people travelled.

“So, essentially, we’re still in the waiting period. It’s generally two to three weeks — one incubation period and then the days following the incubation period where people will start to maybe have symptoms of COVID-19 or develop COVID-19 in the long end of the incubation period and if there is local transmission that should [be] clearer in just about two incubation periods.”

The new cases include 22 men and 16 women.

Fifteen of the new cases are in New Providence, 20 in Grand Bahama (with seven isolated on the aforementioned cargo ship), one in Bimini and Cat Cay, and two in Exuma.

Meanwhile, 14 COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalised, 13 of whom are moderately ill and one of whom is in the intensive care unit.

Eleven recoveries were recorded yesterday.

Twenty-four COVID-19 deaths are currently under investigation, with 163 total confirmed virus deaths to date.

Five hundred and forty-five tests were completed yesterday.

That is double the number of tests conducted every day since November 28 when 418 tests were performed.

To date, the country has recorded 7,312 confirmed COVID-19 cases.


newcitizen 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The incubation period is not 2 weeks. It's a mean time of 5 days and a 95% confidence window of 3-8 days and 99% confidence at 14 days to show symptoms. Once symptoms present 99% of cases are recovered within 14 days.


DWW 2 months, 3 weeks ago

um 14 days = 2 weeks? last time i heard.


John 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Seems like everytime this country gets this corona under control these strange ships show up


ThisIsOurs 2 months, 3 weeks ago

"A county on a Hawaii island believed to be the last one in the U.S. without any coronavirus cases has reported its first resident testing positive.

The Hawaii Department of Health on Thursday reported the case in Kalawao County on the island of Molokai. The health department says an adult resident tested positive AFTER returning to the island on a local flight" msnbc.com

Don't let them sell this false narrative about the virus spreading because we can't behave. The virus spreading because someone brought it into the country. Just like the pattern in ALL the pandemic movies, the pattern in ALL previous reallife pandemics and the Bahamas July1 reopening pattern.. The virus comes from across the border. It will spread if the borders are open. Borders open = expect spread. stop treating Bahamians like lil chirren and abusing the emergency powers resulting in ALL these suicides and domestic killings.... actually they should add those to the dashboard compared with "normal" rates of the past 10 years


John 2 months, 3 weeks ago

It’s all a conspiracy... the work of Satan


John 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Whilst most other countries around the world are seeing a reduction in their number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, countries like Canada, The United States and the United Kingdom’ have never managed to flatten their curves since the pandemic began.


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