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Ministry of Health doesn't know if Mexicans were tested for Covid-19

More than 100 Mexicans arrived in the country today after receiving work permits from the government for the Baker's Bay Resort reconstruction project but the Ministry of Health has no idea whether those foreigners took Covid-19 tests and if so, whether they came back negative.

Health officials were asked during their live press conference this afternoon if the group of Mexicans who entered the country today on a Bahamasair jet had negative Covid-19 tests.

"Indeed we had a landing of nationals from South America that came in. We are investigating this as we speak but I want to give you the assurance that Health will require that each individual who landed presents with a negative PCR test and if it doesn't meet the qualifications we will do it. We will do the test to be sure that we have no transmission and if there is a positive test, we will deal with it," said Chief Consultant in the Ministry of Health Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillan stumbled through a response and said, "This has come to our attention that potentially persons would've come into the country and we are in the process of seeking to determine whether or not this is actually so and we are reaching out to the persons who are potentially able to provide the information to us."

"We have gotten some evidence that these persons may have sought to come into the country. We have not as yet received the Covid negative tests but we are seeking to determine if it is so that there were supposedly a number of persons who would've sought to come into the country without having gone through the process," she added.

Bahamasair flew the Mexicans into Nassau from San Jose del Cabo this morning before transporting them to Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

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