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331 new cases since Thursday

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.

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128 COVID-19 cases, three more deaths on Tuesday

ONE hundred and twenty-eight additional COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday along with three more deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

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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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70 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death on Sunday

SEVENTY new cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Sunday along with one additional death.

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Six deaths added to COVID toll

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.

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243 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths reported on Thursday and Friday

The Ministry of Health reported that there was a total of 243 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths on Thursday and Friday.

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Bahamians overseas seeking financial help

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.

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Three deaths, 194 new cases on Wednesday

THE Ministry of Health said there were 194 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed yesterday and three confirmed deaths from the virus.

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'Critical' moment in fight

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.

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‘Curbside only is killing us’

A MANAGER of a local clothing store said curbside restrictions are “killing” the retail sector.

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COVID-19 figures pass 5,000 over the weekend

OFFICIAL COVID-19 figures surged to 5,163 over the holiday weekend, with New Providence leading the way with some 3,937 cases.

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68 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

The Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that there were 68 new cases of COVID-19 and 91 additional recovered cases.

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Pharmacies will be COVID 'hot spots', Gov't now warned

Pharmacists yesterday warned the Government that forcing them to offer curb-side services only could transform patient queues into "COVID-19 hot spots".

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'You can't turn tourism on and off like the tap'

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."

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Lockdown ‘devastating’ for Abaco

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.

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Testing plan to escape COVID 'sledgehammer'

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.

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Lockdown 'death sentence' fears

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.

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Three insurers tasked on COVID visitor coverage

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.

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550 cases in a week

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.

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COVID-19: No flattening of the curve for New Providence

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.

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Rapid tests to replace quarantine from Nov 1

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.

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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.

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Indoor dining permitted on all islands except New Providence, Abaco, Paradise Island

THE latest Emergency Powers (COVID-19 Pandemic) Order permits indoor dining to take place on all islands except New Providence, Abaco and Paradise Island.

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'Plan ahead for vaccine'

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.

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COVID protocols affecting decisions over voter register

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.

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101 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death, one death under investigation

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.

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PAHO: Vaccine not around the corner

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”.

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Family Islands 'can't survive' with COVID travel requirements

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.

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INSIGHT: When a vaccine arrives we have to ensure it is available to all

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.

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54 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday

The Ministry of Health reported that there were 54 additional COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

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Suspected COVID case at school

THE Ministry of Education is investigating a suspected case of COVID-19 at Columbus Primary School.

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Doctor criticises lack of COVID treatment at Rand

A well-known private physician in Freeport has criticised the lack of treatment for COVID patients hospitalised at the Rand.

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COVID-19 putting an extra burden on Abaco

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.

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30 new cases of COVID-19, one additional death reported on Saturday

The Ministry of Health reported that there were 30 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Saturday.

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Lockdown spike in family abuse: Jump in domestic attacks as isolation takes toll at home

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.

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Shortages delaying more tests

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.

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Expert suggests AC units can play role in COVID spread

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.

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Treasury revenues slumped 55% in year's final quarter

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.

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78 new COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday

The Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that there were 78 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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ZERO TOLERANCE: Senior doctors alarmed over death toll demand rigid use of COVID rules

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.

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OBESITY LINK TO COVID FATALITIES: Shock study reveals ‘scary’ risk to people with weight problems

A new international study has revealed that obesity increases the risk of COVID-19 deaths by nearly 50 percent.

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Essential businesses see trade down by half

Business has fallen by 50 percent and is beginning to slow down even more at essential services businesses during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Restrictions eased on Family Islands and Grand Bahama

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

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INSIGHT: Patience runs out as GB businesses demand to be heard

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.

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Another six added to virus death toll

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.

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Grand Bahama lockdown extended

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced the extension of Grand Bahama’s lockdown for seven days.

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Andros residents now fear there could be more cases

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.

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Lockdown and curfew lifted for Spanish Wells

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.

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UPDATED: 30 new cases of COVID-19, two deaths reported on Friday

COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas have now risen to 1,119.

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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.

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COVID-19: Ministry of Health headquarters closed

The Ministry of Health headquarters is closed this afternoon after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

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Experts confirm border move to blame for surge

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.

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Pharmacies push govt for easing of patient pains

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.

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Officials probe three COVID deaths

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.

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Lockdown 'seesaw' simply unsustainable

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

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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.

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23 test positive for COVID-19 at Sandilands

TWENTY-THREE people at Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Several customs officers in Abaco placed under quarantine

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.

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FINAL NAIL IN RETAIL COFFIN: Retail Association warns lockdown may be last straw for many traders

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.

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Salons fear they will not survive second lockdown

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.

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Why close down islands with no recorded cases?

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.

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SPEEDING UP: Record 65 new cases forces a double lockdown

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.

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100 officers quarantined as case count rises by 40

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.

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Real estate sales in 'shocking' 92% drop

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

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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.

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Weekend lockdown to begin tonight at 10pm

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.

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Bahamians face quarantine even with a test

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

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Fears of Bimini lockdown after another two cases

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

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Crisis forces 103 John Bull redundancies

JOHN Bull has made 103 employees - 15 percent of its staff - redundant as the COVID-19 crisis continues to ravage businesses around the country.

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COVID-19: 21 new cases, Deputy PM tests negative but will self quarantine

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.

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Nine new cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health announced on Saturday that there are nine new cases of COVID-19.

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5 MORE CASES: Another two travel infected added to week’s rising tally

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.

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Bahamasair flight attendant tests positive for COVID-19, three new cases in New Providence

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.

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FAKE COVID TESTS USED BY VISITORS

HEALTH officials say people have tried to enter the Bahamas with fake COVID-19 documents, prompting a police investigation.

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Pizza Hut employee has COVID

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.

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FRIDAY UPDATE: One new case of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health announced on Friday that there is a new confirmed case of COVID-19.

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Same-day virus tests set to be introduced

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

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Mackey seeks to ease fears over tourists not wearing masks

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

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UPDATED: Mexican workers 'all had negative COVID-19 tests'

BAHAMIAN medical experts yesterday insisted measures are in place to limit the risk of someone with COVID-19 entering The Bahamas.

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Some residents are happy to travel - others not so sure

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

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U.S. COVID spike - we can cope

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.

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Carib visitors to face quarantine

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.

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Tourists need negative COVID-19 test from July 1

TOURISTS who come to the country when commercial international travel resumes on July 1 will have to present a negative COVID-19 test.

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Consultant Physician Staff Association wants people tested before entering the country

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.

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'We’re not doing enough COVID testing'

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.

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SATURDAY UPDATE: One new case of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that there is one new confirmed case of COVID-19.

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Returning Bahamians and residents no longer required to quarantine

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.

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New relief flight for returnees

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.

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‘Why are they still closed?’: Islanders angry at lack of answers on keeping them shut

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.

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INSIGHT: We can buy ourselves time but there's no fix without testing

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.

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'I have never felt so sick in my life': Bahamian living in US describes COVID-19 nightmare

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.

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COVID-19 infection took mental toll on healthcare worker

A woman working in healthcare, who tested positive for COVID-19, is able to recall the exact moment she was infected with the disease.

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Doctor’s girls fighting virus: Health worker sisters struck by COVID-19 battle illness together

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.

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