May 6, 2020
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A TOP government health official said the pods used to evacuate suspected COVID-19 patients from Family Islands can only carry people who weigh 270 lbs or less.
MANY residents left Eleuthera yesterday without having to show proof that they had a negative COVID-19 PCR test result despite last week’s change to the COVID-19 Emergency Order making this a requirement for travel.
THE nation recorded 92 new COVID-19 infections over the holiday weekend — bringing the total number of cases to 9,263.
WHAT was supposed to be a fun getaway to Eleuthera for the Easter holiday weekend is now full of uncertainty for Dianna Malone, who fears she might not be able to return home as planned due to a new travel policy implemented for that island.
COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 8,909 after 70 new cases and two more virus-related deaths were recorded between Friday and Saturday, with Grand Bahama accounting for most new infections.
THE government has relaxed restrictions on weddings and funerals, allowing a maximum of 40 people at graveside services and marriage ceremonies in churches on islands where this was prohibited.
ORGANISERS of the annual Bahamas Bridal Show are upset that COVID-19 restrictions on the wedding industry have not been relaxed, saying they have got no answers from the competent authority on the matter.
BAHAMIAN citizens and residents applying for visa appointments at the United States Embassy in Nassau will have to wait longer than usual to get an appointment as a result of new requirements brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, officials announced yesterday.
SEVERAL students and a teacher at a private Catholic institution on Grand Bahama were sent home this week to isolate after it was discovered a classmate had tested positive for COVID-19, The Tribune has learned.
THE nation’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 185 after two more deaths were recorded.
THIRTY-TWO new COVID-19 cases and one more virus-related death were recorded in the country between Friday and Saturday, pushing the nation’s tally to 8,551 with 980 of those cases still active.
AN Abaco administrator said impending tighter restrictions for the island will be a “painful blow” for those trying to “resurrect” their business activities after Hurricane Dorian.
THE Ministry of Health recorded 12 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
THE Ministry of Health reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.
CAT Cay Yacht Club’s manager says the community is in “self-imposed lockdown” after a spike of COVID-19 cases emerged last week.
SIXTEEN people tested positive for COVID-19 after the Ministry of Health conducted a mass testing exercise at a workplace in Cat Cay last week.
PEOPLE who allegedly suffer loss or injury after taking COVID-19 vaccines will have one year to send their claim for compensation to a specially created, five-member tribunal that will assess their case, according to new rules tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday.
THE Chinese Community Association of The Bahamas said some members reported up to a 50 percent reduction in business amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
HEALTH officials are still waiting to receive the test results of 52 positive COVID-19 samples which were sent abroad to determine if any of the new coronavirus strains are present in The Bahamas.
GOVERNMENT has banned all commercial flights and vessels from Haiti beginning today in a move, officials said, was done as a precautionary measure to prevent the risk of imported coronavirus cases from Haiti now that the country has entered its Carnival season.
NINE new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health.
THE country’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 176 after a 94-year-old woman died from the disease in late January.
PAHO officials said the coronavirus pandemic has created a mental health crisis in the region.
TWENTY-ONE cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Tuesday, including 11 crew members on a charter boat operating off New Providence.
THE Ministry of Health has reported 13 new cases of COVID-19.
THE Bahamas is one of just 27 countries that have tamed the COVID-19 pandemic, according to over 4,000 scientists and community organisers worldwide.
RELAXED restrictions related to pharmacies, gas stations, laundromats, funeral services, weddings and outdoor dining came into effect last night, the Office of the Prime Minister announced in a statement.
SUPER Value CEO Rupert Roberts says he feels much safer with the COVID-19 curfew in place and believes last year’s drop in crime is due to coronavirus restrictions.
THE Progressive Liberal Party’s COVID-19 task force urged government to release a structured plan that allows for more virus testing throughout the country.
THE US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday it will require all air passengers entering the United States to have a negative COVID-19 test as cases surge in America and a more infectious coronavirus strain spreads around the world.
IN view of the number of travellers not complying with the rapid antigen test requirements, a senior physician suggested the country should revisit “some measure of quarantine” until officials can put in place better strategies.
THE Progressive Liberal Party is calling for the government to be more proactive in its COVID-19 response, saying a feasible action plan is needed to safeguard the country against a new, more contagious COVID-19 strain that’s already spreading worldwide.
CONSULTANT physicians are hoping officials will soon release a timeline regarding when a COVID-19 vaccine will be available for administration in the country.
A SENIOR physician has said the government might have to toughen COVID-19 travel restrictions if The Bahamas sees a surge of infections as a result of the recent holiday celebrations coupled with a new COVID-19 strain already spreading in some parts of the world.
THE Ministry of Health has clarified that no one under the age of 18 years of age will be administered a COVID-19 vaccine until the World Health Organisation and scientific evidence say it is safe to do so and with the consent of parents.
Grand Bahama has recorded four more COVID-19-related deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
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.
Bahamian single women have born the brunt of COVID-19's economic devastation to lead the Caribbean on both job losses and "worsening diet", the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has revealed.
THE Bahamas confirmed five new COVID-19 deaths yesterday.
SIXTEEN COVID-19 cases were recorded on Tuesday.
HEALTH officials have to clear up public “misconceptions and misinformation” about COVID-19 and associated vaccines as the government prepares to have the drug in The Bahamas “as soon as possible”, a top doctor said yesterday.
THE country recorded 22 COVID-19 cases between Wednesday and Thursday.
ALTHOUGH the country has not recorded daily COVID-19 deaths for several weeks, some funeral homes say they are still seeing a major uptick in overall deaths which they are attributing to an overburdened health care system.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has announced that COVID-19 restrictions on Eleuthera have been relaxed with immediate effect.
WITH major resorts set to open by mid-December, consultant physicians are concerned the country could be on the brink of a third COVID-19 wave.
THE Ministry of Health recorded 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, continuing a trend in declining numbers.
A HARBOUR Island hotelier is hoping that the “seeds of doubt” sown by COVID-19 lockdowns and other restrictions will evaporate once the Government “lands” on a more consistent approach.
RETAILERS say they have no issues with the new proclamation of emergency as long as Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis looks out for the best interests of business owners.
BALD men may be at higher risk of suffering from severe COVID-19 symptoms, emerging evidence suggests.
GOVERNOR General C A Smith issued a new proclamation of emergency last night, his third since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Confusion over what countries are safe to visit during the COVID crisis has been laid bare by contradictory advice by the US to its citizens on travel to The Bahamas.
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”.
SUPER Value owner Rupert Roberts yesterday voiced his support for the government’s intention to extend the country’s Emergency Powers Orders to December 28.
HEALTH officials yesterday added seven deaths to the tally of overall COVID-19 deaths in the country, bringing the total to 163.
FOUR people who travelled to The Bahamas during the country’s first week of re-opening tested positive for COVID-19 five days after arrival, health officials revealed on Friday.
Bahamian aviation operators were left stunned last night by the Government's 48-hour "flip-flop" in re-imposing a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all domestic inter-island travel from New Providence.
WHILE Eleuthera residents are up in arms about newly imposed COVID-19 restrictions, officials on the island are satisfied the right measures have been taken.
Eleuthera's Chamber of Commerce president yesterday told the Prime Minister "we can wage war against COVID without going to the extreme" of lockdowns, adding: "Every visitor counts."
The Prime Minister was last night urged to make his latest COVID-19 relaxation "permanent" after he gave retailers on the brink of closure a last-minute reprieve that may enable their survival.
WHILE New Providence and Abaco have reduced the number of new cases, the island of Eleuthera has not had the same success, sparking more strict measures for the mainland, where 117 cases have been recorded.
‘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.
The Bahamas Federation of Retailers (BFR) yesterday revealed multiple members will reach "the point of no return" and close permanently as early as this week unless curb-side restrictions are lifted.
AS health officials conduct more COVID-19 testing on Eleuthera, some residents say they have already started preparing for a possible lockdown should the government take that course of action.
A furious internal row has erupted at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce over a major retailer's complaint that it is doing to little to address private sector concerns over COVID-19 restrictions.
THIRTY-SEVEN new COVID-19 cases and four more related deaths were recorded on Thursday, pushing the nation’s coronavirus tally to 6,644.
TWO Progressive Liberal Party senators are calling on the government to act urgently to protect the health and well-being of the residents of Spanish Wells amid rising COVID-19 cases.
A Central Eleuthera official says a lockdown is necessary at this time due to rising COVID-19 numbers and increasing quarantine cases.
THE Retail Grocers Association has called for the end to the weekend lockdowns along with the 7pm curfew, insisting the measures have left businesses teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
THIRTY-SIX additional COVID-19 cases were recorded yesterday along with four more deaths.
FIFTY-SIX COVID-19 cases were announced on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health, bringing the amount of cases recorded between Thursday and yesterday to 331.
ONE hundred and twenty-eight additional COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday along with three more deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
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.
SEVENTY new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Sunday along with one additional death.
ONE hundred and eighty-six cases of COVID-19 and eight more related deaths were recorded between Friday and Saturday, pushing the country’s coronavirus tally to 5,703.
The Ministry of Health reported that there was a total of 243 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths on Thursday and Friday.
THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Bahamians are increasingly approaching Bahamas embassies and consulates overseas requesting financial assistance for COVID-19 testing, quarantine, accommodation and airline ticket changes.
THE Ministry of Health said there were 194 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed yesterday and three confirmed deaths from the virus.
THE Bahamas has not yet turned the corner in its fight against COVID-19, a senior physician yesterday insisted, adding that at this “critical” juncture the nation’s plan needs reworking.
A MANAGER of a local clothing store said curbside restrictions are “killing” the retail sector.
OFFICIAL COVID-19 figures surged to 5,163 over the holiday weekend, with New Providence leading the way with some 3,937 cases.
The Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that there were 68 new cases of COVID-19 and 91 additional recovered cases.
Pharmacists yesterday warned the Government that forcing them to offer curb-side services only could transform patient queues into "COVID-19 hot spots".
A major hotelier yesterday voiced concern over the "mixed message" sent by the latest COVID-19 restrictions for November 1's re-opening, arguing: "You can't turn tourism on and off like a tap."
ABACO residents yesterday blasted the government’s decision to reimpose a weekend lockdown for the island due to high COVID-19 cases there, saying the new restrictions will be “devastating” for the economy and rebuilding efforts.
A non-profit coalition yesterday unveiled an "end-to-end" workplace testing and management solution in a bid to help The Bahamas to escape the "sledgehammer approach" of COVID-19 lockdowns.
The Government was yesterday warned that it will hand "a death sentence to an economy already teetering on the edge" if it reimposes a full New Providence lockdown to curb COVID-19's spread.
The government is seeking to implement by November 1 a COVID-19 travel insurance scheme to cover the treatment/evacuation costs for any visitor who falls sick in The Bahamas.
THE Bahamas recorded more than 550 confirmed COVID-19 cases last week, with health data suggesting that the number of cases could continue to increase for the country in the days ahead.
CHIEF Medical Officer Dr Pearl McMillan revealed Friday that health officials have not yet seen a flattening of the curve for New Providence, with data suggesting the number of COVID-19 cases could continue to increase for the island in the days ahead.
TOURISTS and returning residents will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival in The Bahamas and again four days later as part of new rules that will take effect on November 1 and eliminate the need for travellers to quarantine.
THOUSANDS MAY HAVE CAUGHT VIRUS: Leading medical centres estimate infection rate is much higher than stated
THE true number of COVID-19 cases in the Bahamas is scores higher than the confirmed tally, according to three international research groups that have created separate epidemiological models of the virus.
THE latest Emergency Powers (COVID-19 Pandemic) Order permits indoor dining to take place on all islands except New Providence, Abaco and Paradise Island.
COUNTRIES should not wait for a COVID-19 vaccine to be developed before they start planning and preparing for its arrival, Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) director, Carissa F Etienne said this week.
AS historical voter trends have seen around 100,000 people register for voting in the past four months before the register closes, constituting a new voter’s register does not fall in line with COVID-19 protocols, according to Parliamentary Commissioner Philip Turner.
The Ministry of Health reported that there were 101 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, one additional death and one death under investigation on Saturday.
THE Pan American Health Organisation has raised alarm about countries in the region returning to “near normal” social and public life, despite the fact a COVID-19 vaccine “is not around the corner”.
Exuma's Chamber of Commerce president yesterday warned that Family Island economies "cannot survive" if inter-island air travel remains almost shutdown due to COVID-19 restrictions.
FOR anyone who still resisted the idea we may be in a tough stretch for the remainder of this year, next year and potentially beyond, hopefully you heard Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar’s thoughts on when we would return to pre-COVID tourism success. His response, though indecisive, was much more measured than the last time he offered his thoughts.
The Ministry of Health reported that there were 54 additional COVID-19 cases on Saturday.
THE Ministry of Education is investigating a suspected case of COVID-19 at Columbus Primary School.
A well-known private physician in Freeport has criticised the lack of treatment for COVID patients hospitalised at the Rand.
THE increasing number of COVID-19 cases on Abaco has placed a significant strain on healthcare workers on the island who are simultaneously managing the coronavirus fight and the public healthcare system in the wake of Hurricane Dorian’s devastation.
The Ministry of Health reported that there were 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Saturday.
THE shocking effects of COVID-19 on Bahamians has been laid bare in a report that revealed an 11.3 percent increase in domestic violence - as well as the difficult financial situation many households are in.
A GLOBAL shortage of COVID-19 testing reagents has limited health officials’ capacity to conduct wider testing in the country, Health Minister Renward Wells said yesterday.
AN infectious disease expert has suggested that air conditioning may be playing a role in the spread of COVID-19, but says ultraviolet light may be a viable source of sterilising areas where the virus is present.
THE COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to a 55.2 percent contraction in receipts across taxed industries, according to the Ministry of Finance’s budgetary performance report for the fourth quarter of the 2019/2020 fiscal year.
The Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that there were 78 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.
CONSULTANT physicians are disheartened by the alarming number of patient deaths related to COVID-19, sparked by an exponential increase in cases since the country re-opened its borders.
A new international study has revealed that obesity increases the risk of COVID-19 deaths by nearly 50 percent.
Business has fallen by 50 percent and is beginning to slow down even more at essential services businesses during the COVID-19 lockdown.
THE Office of the Prime Minister announced the ease of lockdown restrictions for Grand Bahama and several Family Islands yesterday, allowing the resumption of indoor church services, curbside business activity and outdoor dining. These islands can a
Nearly 200 frustrated Grand Bahama business owners stand ready to protest from today if their pleas to reopen their businesses continue to be ignored by officials at the Office of the Prime Minister in Freeport.
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.
PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced the extension of Grand Bahama’s lockdown for seven days.
ANDROS residents say they fear there could be more COVID-19 cases in the community after a local tested positive for the virus last week, becoming the island’s first COVID case.
The Office of the Prime Minister has announced that, based on the advice of health officials, Spanish Wells may resume normal commercial and social activity, effective immediately.
COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas have now risen to 1,119.
COVID TAKES HIGH TOLL ON MARRIAGE: Lawyers report surge in couples looking to divorce after lockdown
PROMINENT attorneys yesterday revealed “a tremendous increase” in divorce cases coming before them following the end of the first COVID-19 nationwide lockdown.
The Ministry of Health headquarters is closed this afternoon after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
A PAN American Health Organisation official has attributed the alarming number of COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas to the opening of borders allowing non-essential travel and citizens visiting destinations where the virus has skyrocketed.
Pharmacies yesterday urged the government to permit five days per week opening and to better define what “curbside service” means for the industry during the present COVID-19 lockdown.
HEALTH officials are investigating three potential COVID-19 deaths as the country recorded 69 confirmed cases of the virus on Friday, a new single-day record.
Eleuthera’s Chamber of Commerce president has warned the economy “cannot live on the lockdown seesaw for ever”, with The Bahamas now facing a “salvage” as opposed to recovery operation. Thomas Sands, in e-mailed replies to Tribune Business questions
23 PATIENTS GET VIRUS ON WARD: Single Sandilands employee passes on COVID as health officials deny PPE shortage
THE Public Hospitals Authority confirmed yesterday that 23 people have tested positive for COVID-19 on the male ward of the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre.
TWENTY-THREE people at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre have tested positive for COVID-19.
SEVERAL customs officers in Abaco have been placed under quarantine after a worker was exposed to a COVID-19 positive patient on the island, prompting officials there to close the Customs Department at the Leonard M Thompson International Airport on Thursday.
Bahamian retailers yesterday warned that the latest COVID-19 lockdown will be "the nail in the coffin" for multiple companies and jobs in a sector that employs more than 22,000 persons.
AFTER the initial COVID-19 lockdown forced them to close for three months earlier this year, some salon and barbershop owners fear they won’t be able to survive this new restrictive period.
FAMILY Island restauranteurs like Dwight Hart are frustrated with the one-size-fits-all COVID-19 restrictions that will force him to shutter his business for two weeks even though Exuma only has three confirmed cases of the virus.
THE Office of the Prime Minister announced that a lockdown will be implemented during the next two weekends as the country recorded a record 65 new COVID-19 cases yesterday.
MORE than 100 police officers are in quarantine because of COVID-19 as the number of overall cases in the country jumped by 40 yesterday, including 21 in Grand Bahama, 16 in New Providence, two in Exuma and one in Cat Island.
Real estate industry data has revealed that Bahamian property sales volumes crashed by “a shocking” 92 percent year-over-year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Timothy Smith, of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate MCR Group Bahamas, told Trib
What about my wedding day? Bride’s anger at calling off her big day when PM gave other ceremonies go-ahead
A bride-to-be is upset that she cancelled her wedding to comply with COVID-19 rules only to learn that Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis exempted two couples from regulations limiting the number of wedding attendees to five.
A WEEKEND lockdown will take place across the country beginning Friday night at 10pm because of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, the Office of the Prime Minister announced in a statement.
BAHAMIAN health officials are quarantining returning residents from abroad even if they test negative for COVID-19 an extra precaution against false negatives and a spike in positive cases lately. Many Bahamian travellers are up in arms because, des
BIMINI residents are fearful about another lockdown for the island after two new COVID-19 cases emerged there this week. Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis imposed a full lockdown of the small island community on May 18 when some 13 residents had teste
JOHN Bull has made 103 employees - 15 percent of its staff - redundant as the COVID-19 crisis continues to ravage businesses around the country.
A RECORD 21 new COVID-19 cases were recorded yesterday, 20 in Grand Bahama and one in New Providence, bringing the country’s toll in virus infections to 174.
The Ministry of Health announced on Saturday that there are nine new cases of COVID-19.
THE Bahamas recorded five new COVID-19 cases yesterday as the Office of the Prime Minister announced that Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis, the face of the government’s COVID-19 response, is leaving her post next week.
A BAHAMASAIR flight attendant tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday as health officials announced three new COVID-19 cases in New Providence yesterday, including two with a history of travel.
HEALTH officials say people have tried to enter the Bahamas with fake COVID-19 documents, prompting a police investigation.
A PIZZA Hut employee in Grand Bahama was revealed yesterday to have COVID-19 as deep cleaning of the CA Smith complex began because a migrant with COVID-19 was present on the premises.
The Ministry of Health announced on Friday that there is a new confirmed case of COVID-19.
WITH Doctors Hospital announcing plans to introduce same day PCR COVID-19 testing, a local health official does not expect this to lead to a significant rise in confirmed virus cases because there is “no community transmission” occurring at the momen
SOME residents of Harbour Island are complaining that tourists are not following COVID-19 protocols, but MP for the area Ricky Mackey told The Tribune that the matter is under control and protocols will be enforced. A resident of Harbour Island took
BAHAMIAN medical experts yesterday insisted measures are in place to limit the risk of someone with COVID-19 entering The Bahamas.
WHILE some Bahamians are ready to take a trip abroad after several months of the country’s borders being closed, others are hesitant to travel overseas due to rising COVID-19 cases in some parts of the world. Paulette Culmer says she plans to travel
AS coronavirus cases skyrocket in the United States, a top local infectious disease expert says The Bahamas can still manage reopening the country without an explosion of COVID-19 cases if protocols are executed properly.
TRAVELLERS coming to The Bahamas from English-speaking CARICOM member countries will not be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test for entry to this country, according to Tourism Director General Joy Jibrilu.
TOURISTS who come to the country when commercial international travel resumes on July 1 will have to present a negative COVID-19 test.
THE Consultant Physician Staff Association wants people abroad to be tested before they enter the Bahamas as countries around the globe are experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases as restrictions are relaxed.
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says The Bahamas is not testing nearly enough people for COVID-19 and he does not support re-opening the country’s borders to people not tested for the virus.
The Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that there is one new confirmed case of COVID-19.
BAHAMIANS and residents returning to the country will no longer be mandated to quarantine or self-isolate upon arrival, but will instead be monitored by the health surveillance team “if necessary”, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced on Thursday.
BAHAMASAIR is set to put on another COVID-19 relief flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Nassau this Friday for Bahamian citizens and residents. The flight is scheduled to leave Fort Lauderdale at 2pm.
RESIDENTS in Family Islands without COVID-19 have criticised the government’s decision for not allowing Exuma, Eleuthera and San Salvador to resume commercial activities, saying it’s unfair that some islands without cases are given certain freedoms, while others are not.
As Biminites brace themselves for a painful 14-day lockdown, we are hoping for the best for our brothers and sisters. Knowing how taxing prevention measures have been for many Bahamians, the psychological and socio-economic collateral damage of a two-week lockdown is not to be taken lightly.
A BAHAMIAN living in the US who is recovering from COVID-19 said the virus was a nightmare that she thought would take her life.
A woman working in healthcare, who tested positive for COVID-19, is able to recall the exact moment she was infected with the disease.
LIFE has not been easy for Dr George Charite since his two daughters tested positive for COVID-19 last month. The Abaco resident says his daughters - who he chose not to name - have been aiding in the fight against the virus and have been battling the potentially deadly disease since mid-April. “My two daughters are in the nursing field,” he told The Tribune yesterday.