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Bahamas confirms 21 new cases today

20 people on Grand Bahama and one person on New Providence tested positive for coronavirus today, causing the total number of cases in The Bahamas to leap to 174.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement, “Further details of the twenty-one additional cases were unable to be confirmed at the time of the release of this report. Investigations are ongoing, and a complete update of details will be published at a later date.”

Two of those new cases are said to be Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest’s aide and the aide’s girlfriend. Turnquest was not present for three swearing ins at Government House today.

There have been 101 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on New Providence, 59 confirmed cases on Grand Bahama, 13 confirmed cases in Bimini, and one confirmed case in Cat Cay.

It’s safe to say Grand Bahama will likely be on lockdown as of Friday. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis warned during his national address on Sunday that if cases on the island continue to rise at an alarming rate, decisive action would be taken. Minnis has faced backlash after he changed Grand Bahama’s curfew to 7pm - 5am, closed all parks and beaches and announced that domestic and international travel to and from the island will shut down on Wednesday.

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