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PM accepts Sands’ resignation

UPDATED: Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has accepted the resignation of the Minister of Health, Dr Duane Sands.

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US funding cut to WHO may cause problems

THE United States’ decision to withdraw funding from the World Health Organization will have a potential impact locally, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday. Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump announced a halt to WHO funding, ac

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Health staff test results indicate all clear so far

MORE than 50 percent of the tests conducted on vulnerable healthcare workers last week have yielded negative results for COVID-19, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday.

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Ward infection ‘massive blow’ to health teams

ABOUT 100 healthcare workers are in self-isolation after they were exposed to a patient with COVID-19 on Princess Margaret Hospital’s surgical ward, prompting Health Minister Dr Duane Sands to say yesterday the country won’t be ready to lift the lockdown and movement restrictions anytime soon.

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600 tested for virus

ABOUT 600 people have been tested for COVID-19, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday, adding health officials are hoping to test “several hundred more” by the end of the week.

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Dr Sands looking to improve testing options

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said officials are examining options to increase COVID-19 PCR test supplies, suggesting this includes an option to buy supplies from the Cayman Islands, which recently acquired 200,000 kits from a South Korean company.

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COVID-19: Minister issues nursing home precautions

MINISTER of Health Dr Duane Sands has issued special precautions that must be taken to make sure seniors in nursing homes are safe from the spread of COVID-19.

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Sands explains need to use West End clinic as quarantine centre

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands moved to explain the need to use the West End Clinic in Grand Bahama as a quarantine treatment centre for those who test positive for COVID-19 despite the objections of residents.

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Worst case would be 400 infected: Sands predicts scenario if virus breaks out here

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands predicted a possible worst-case scenario of 400 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in The Bahamas, but stressed if the disease spreads here most people will not need hospital admission.

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Clear now - but for how long? Health officials warn danger remains high as they plan response

SENIOR health officials warned yesterday the risk of the coronavirus spreading to The Bahamas remains “very high” and that the country’s response to the global crisis must remain “very fluid”.

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Florida confirms two with virus

FLORIDA’S public health emergency over two presumptive positive COVID-19 cases has at this time had no bearing on the Bahamas’ approach to dealing with the deadly virus, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands suggested yesterday.

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Two insurance sites eyed for Health ministry

The Government is in “very advanced negotiations” to move the Ministry of Health into two former insurance buildings in the Palmdale area, a Cabinet minister confirmed yesterday. Dr Duane Sands, minister of health, told Tribune Business that the for

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Sands: We need to take a close look at the funeral industry

THE country’s unregulated funeral industry has presented some “‘pretty scary” situations that now requires attention to prevent calamity, according to Health Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday.Recognising the challenges this presents, Dr Sands said th

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Sands: China virus to cost govt $100k

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands estimated the coronavirus quarantine process will cost the government nearly $100,000. Yesterday he pegged the figure for this initiative at $75,000-$85,000 and expects that expense to climb. He said that the cost acco

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China ban may relax to 14 days

HEALTH Minister Dr Duane Sands said yesterday the government will certainly reconsider a change to the new coronavirus quarantine measures to align The Bahamas with the posture of other countries.

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Virus quarantine number now at 10

THE number of Bahamians in quarantine for signs related to the deadly coronavirus has increased to 10, according to local health officials.  However, there are still no suspected or confirmed cases of the illness locally.

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Coronavirus: Minister meets with families of Bahamians living in China

RELATIVES of Bahamians living in China met Health Minister Dr Duane Sands on Friday as some feared the Chinese border will soon close and they wanted their loved ones evacuated before then.


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