GB COVID-19 cases explode to 120; Bahamas has 274 cases.
Updated: Nov 17, 2020
Grand Bahama is experiencing an explosion of COVID-19 cases and now has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than New Providence as 55 people tested positive for COVID-19 today. The Bahamas now has 274 cases.
Grand Bahama has 120 cases while New Providence has 119 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There are now 21 confirmed cases on Bimini, four confirmed cases on the Berry Islands, four confirmed cases on Cat Cay, two confirmed cases on Cat Island, three confirmed cases on Moore’s Island and one case on Guana Cay.
39 people tested positive on Grand Bahama today. The new cases on that island, which went on two-week lockdown today, range in age from 17 to 70.
Five people - three women and two men ages 23 to 84 - tested positive on New Providence today.
On Bimini, three women and one man tested positive today.
On Moore’s Island, a 76-year-old man, a 44-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman have been infected.
The Great Guana Cay case is a 55-year-old man.
13 infected persons are in hospital.
As covid-19 wreaks havoc on the country, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis found its fitting to pat himself on the back repeatedly, pointing to the Bahamas’ “success” during the first wave of virus, while berating Opposition Leader Philip Davis, whom he accused of pandering.
Both Minnis and Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar have blamed Bahamians who travelled abroad after borders reopened for the resurgence of cases.
However, PLP Deputy Leader Chester Cooper reminded Minnis of Bahamasair’s flyers enticing Bahamians with offers of cheap tickets to Fort Lauderdale.
Former Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands warned the government about placing the blame.
“So, not just the people who are not wearing masks, not just the people who are going to Florida, but perhaps our administration can do some things better. Perhaps our rules can be done a little bit better. Perhaps if we make certain decisions in a different way the outcome will be better,” said Sands.