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One more death amid uptick in positive cases

THE recent uptick of coronavirus cases and hospitalisations is something health officials will have to continue to monitor to determine if the country is experiencing another COVID-19 outbreak, a local infectious disease expert said yesterday.

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Official confident on vaccine

A local senior health official has expressed her confidence in the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine despite recent reports about the drug getting some push back in European countries.

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Good news with no holiday surge in COVID cases

WITH low COVID-19 infections being recorded for the past few weeks, a local infectious disease expert says it appears the recent holiday celebrations did not lead to an uptick of cases as officials initially expected.

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‘Highly likely’ new strain will reach The Bahamas

A local infectious disease expert believes it is “highly likely” the new variant of COVID-19 already detected in some 33 countries will reach Bahamian shores.

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Keep following advice, expert says, as new strain appears in UK

WITH a new strain of COVID-19 spreading in parts of England, a Bahamian health official said the public should continue to follow recommended health measures to avoid infection as virus mutations can happen.

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Forbes: don’t be too confident - it’s still out there

WITH COVID-19 infections now in single digits, the country’s top infectious diseases expert has again urged Bahamians not to be overly confident or come to the false conclusion that the deadly disease has left the country.

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Call for Caribbean to adopt HIV self-testing

ON the occasion of World AIDS Day, Caribbean AIDS response stakeholders are calling for countries in the region to adopt HIV self-testing.

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Health experts say put safety first this holiday season

LOCAL and regional health officials are calling on travellers to be responsible this holiday season to prevent a spike in COVID- 19 given that a vaccine will not be available for months.

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Numbers down - but we must stay alert

AMID a decline of positive COVID-19 cases in the country, a local infectious disease expert said it appears The Bahamas has flattened the curve in the second COVID-19 wave, but warned residents must still not let their guards down as “things can still change”.

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‘We must not let our guard down’: Expert warns fall-off in numbers doesn't signal COVID crisis is over

A LOCAL infectious disease expert is urging residents not to become relaxed about the apparent downward trend of COVID-19 cases, explaining other factors might be contributing to those lower numbers.

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On-off lockdown - is it worth it? Senior health official suggests weekend closures may do little

WITH nearly 300 COVID-19 cases recorded over the last several days, a local infectious diseases expert has suggested partial lockdowns have not been an effective tool in stopping the spread of the deadly virus in The Bahamas.

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Limited testing meant number underestimated

INFECTIOUS disease expert Dr Nikkiah Forbes says The Bahamas could have already had more than 100 cases of COVID-19 in late March when only a few infections had been officially confirmed.

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COVID numbers checked to see if they're new cases or part of backlog

WITH more than 1,300 confirmed cases of COVID in the country, health professionals are busy deciphering if the latest numbers should be attributed to a backlog of tests or if they are new cases.

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COVID-19 therapy trials 'very promising'

THE early reports of a therapy for COVID-19 patients in a clinical trial is “very promising” as a possible therapeutic option for the virus, according Director of the National HIV/AIDS & Infectious Diseases Programme at the Ministry of Health Dr Nikkiah Forbes.


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