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Police Christmas Concert sparks COVID outbreak

At least seven officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) have tested positive for Covid-19 following the Police Force band’s Christmas Classical and Broadway Music Concert last week.

The event, hosted by Assistant Superintendent Audley Peters, was held outdoors and was attended by Minister of National Security Wayne Munroe.

Peters, some band members and several others in attendance were not wearing face masks during certain portions of the concert, which lasted for about two hours.

Days later, some officers and others attending the concert reported feeling symptoms consistent with the virus and were subsequently tested for Covid-19.

The Gallery has been informed that about 10 people, including police officers, tested positive.

The country is currently experiencing a fourth wave of infections, with 330 new cases confirmed on Christmas Day and 85 cases reported on Boxing Day.

More people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past week alone than the entire month of November.

Health officials believe it is the result of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus, which is spreading across the globe at an alarming rate.

There are over 1,300 active Covid cases in The Bahamas, which had recorded few new cases in recent weeks.

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