24.1 C
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Home News Regional News PM Announces 'Total Lockdown' of Bahamas After COVID Spike

PM Announces ‘Total Lockdown’ of Bahamas After COVID Spike

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis Monday night announced a “complete national lockdown” of every island in The Bahamas for at least the next two weeks after the country recorded a significant spike in the number of cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a nationwide radio and television broadcast, Minnis said that acting on the advice of health experts “I am announcing today a national lockdown for the entire country commencing tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4th at 10:00 pm (local time).

“The national lockdown will be for a minimum of two weeks (and) nearing the end of this period we will assess the health data and advise whether a further lockdown period is necessary. The extension, relaxation or cessation of the national lockdown will in part be determined by the cooperation of Bahamians and residents alike”.

Minnis, who is also a medical practitioner, said the longer Bahamians take collectively “to bring this second wave under control, the longer it will take to resume a sense of normalcy.

“All of our actions collectively make a difference during this pandemic. We all have a personal and social responsibility in the fight against COVID-19. Both government and citizens must play their part in helping to protect the health of others. Each island in our archipelago must do its part,” he added.

Minnis said that the increase in cases of the virus is not only a situation confronting The Bahamas, but that many countries worldwide were also experiencing this second wave of the virus for which there is no known vaccine.

“Just as we acted aggressively and forcefully during the initial outbreak of the pandemic we must once again act quickly and forcefully to protect the general health and to save lives,” he said, adding that over the past two weeks health officials have seen an increase in the number of indicators that point to the need for a national lockdown.

“There has been an exponential increase in the number of cases, an increase in hospitalisation, an increase in the demands for intensive care unit beds and sadly an increase in the number of deaths,” Minnis said, noting that the more cases presenting to health institutions, the more services will be needed.

“Right now our bed capacity and human resources are being increasingly stretched. Health officials advise that a lockdown will allow for a re-purposing of health facilities and addition of health resources to accommodate the increased need for hospitalisation and healthcare support”.

The Ministry of Health reported on Monday that there were 31 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 22 in Grand Bahama and nine in New Providence.

It said this brings the total number of cases to 679, with 572 of those active. There have been 14 deaths.

In his broadcast, Minnis said that 2020 has not been a year we all imagined.

“I know many of your plans have been halted. Certainly mine has been halted. Many of your dreams paused, it is difficult not having our routines. It is difficult not seeing our friends, families and loved ones in the close ways we used to before this deadly virus.

“Pandemic fatigue is setting in, many are tired of restrictions, tired of separation and I understand your frustration. I too, would like to be back to better days and better times,” Minnis said.

He said that the virus, which was first detected in China last December “kills young and kills old” and that “our most recent data suggests that most of those who were affected were between the ages of 20 and 40. So now this aggressive deadly virus is attacking our young people,” he said, noting that the virus leaves some survivors “so damaged that their lifespan may be shortened”.

Minnis paid tribute to two former senior public servants who have died and reminded Bahamians of the need to follow the measures aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.

Most Popular

Motorcyclist Charged With Causing Death by Dangerous Driving

By Kevon Browne St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In an update on the traffic accident involving Conrod Simon of Wellington Road and Rae Clarke of...

As Dengue Fever Cases Rise in the Region, Mosquito Fogging Begins on St. Kitts

By Kevon Browne St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Even as the region grapples with the public health threats and economic challenges posed by COVID-19, Caribbean...

EU Takes Legal Action Against ‘Golden Passport’ Schemes In Cyprus, Malta

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s executive said on Tuesday it was launching legal action against Cyprus and Malta over their investor citizenship programmes,...

COVID Death Toll Rising In Several Caricom Countries

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — In the wake of an increasing number of deaths related to the coronavirus, several Caribbean Community countries are appealing to...

U.S. Says Google Breakup May Be Needed To End Violations of Antitrust law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc’s Google on Tuesday, accusing the $1 trillion company of illegally...

Caribbean Education Ministers Want Total Waiver Of Fees For CXC Reviews

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Several Caribbean Community (Caricom) education ministers have “unanimously” proposed that the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) commit to...

CWI Blanks Cameron For ICC Chairmanship

(Trinidad Guardian) Cricket West Indies (CWI) has not nominated anyone for the upcoming elections of the International Cricket Council (ICC) chairmanship. The ICC after months...

Nevis MPs Participate in Federal Budget Estimates Meetings

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS -- The three Nevis members of the of St. Kitts and Nevis Government, are this week participating in Federal Budget Estimates...

Toddlers Quarantined After One Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Antigua

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Antigua and Barbuda health authorities have confirmed that several toddlers have been placed into quarantine after a four-year-old tested...

Do Your Best and Make Us Proud Commissioner of Police Encourages Island Constables

Basseterre, St. Kitts (RSCNPF): At a brief closing ceremony for the two-week Island Constables refresher course, Commissioner of Police Hilroy Brandy encouraged the participants...


Contact a Program
If you are interested in a program or advertising, send us a message.
Send Message
Signup for our Newsletter
We'll only be in touch when we've something exciting to share.
We never share your details
No thanks