Five new coronavirus cases
Updated: Nov 17, 2020
The Bahamas has been swept up in a second wave of the coronavirus with health officials confirming five new cases today.
Two new cases were confirmed on New Providence. Both persons, a 27-year-old woman and a 73-year-old man have a history of travel.
There are three new cases on Grand Bahama: a 43-year-old man, 45-year-old man and 84-year-old woman with no history of travel. All of the new cases are at home in isolation.
There have been 15 new cases over the past week. Health officials blame the new spike in cases on Bahamians traveling to the United States, which has 3.53 million cases. Florida confirmed over 13,000 new cases today alone with health officials warning Miami is becoming the epicenter of the virus.
However, there has been no word from the government on stopping flights into certain cities. The government has faced backlash from some critics who say borders were reopened too soon and without a proper plan in place. Just this week, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar admitted that some tourists slipped into the country without the proper COVID-19 test.
The Bahamas now has 124 cases. There are 89 on New Providence, 21 on Grand Bahama, 13 on Bimini and 1 on Cat Cay.
There are 20 active cases. Three of them are in hospital.