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Covid hits GB courts hard; Magistrate, prosecutor, clerk, secretary infected

A Grand Bahama magistrate has tested positive for coronavirus along with the clerk, prosecutor and secretary in her court.

They all learned they were infected last week.

Meanwhile, all magistrates on Grand Bahama are in quarantine, with the exception of one. It has dealt a major blow to the Magistrates Court on the island, which suffered a setback in late July when health officials advised the judiciary to close Garnet Levarity Justice Centre.

“The public is informed that based on advice from the Ministry of Health to the Office of the Judiciary, the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre in Freeport, Grand Bahama is temporarily closed as of 20 July, 2020,” the Office of the Judiciary said in a statement.

“This action is taken out of an abundance of caution pending the completion of ongoing investigations by health officials.”

As of Friday, August 7, there were 367 Covid-19 cases on Grand Bahama. 31 new cases were confirmed on Friday.

According to Dr. Frank Bartlett, head of the GB Covid-19 Task Force, over 900 people are in quarantine on the island. Five cases are in hospital.

The island’s two-week lockdown has been extended to August 19.

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