Sixty-five new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in The Bahamas yesterday, with more cases recorded on New Providence than on Grand Bahama for the first time in many days.
The 29 new cases on New Providence also represent the largest single-day increase in cases on the island since the start of the pandemic.
Twenty-one cases were confirmed on Grand Bahama yesterday; eight on Guana Cay; six on Moore’s Island; and one on Abaco (officials did not clarify whether this is Great Abaco).
Health officials did not provide any details on the sexes or ages of the new cases, nor did they provide travel history, which has not been disclosed since July 19.
It is also unclear if any healthcare workers are among the confirmed cases.
In total, 447 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in The Bahamas.
Of them, 343 have been recorded since July 8, when Grand Bahama recorded its first case in months just over a week after borders reopened for international travel.
Grand Bahama still has the most confirmed cases in the country with 211, followed by New Providence with 180 and Bimini with 21.
Guana Cay has recorded nine cases; Moore’s Island, nine; the Berry Islands, six; Cat Cay, four; Cat Island, three; Exuma, three; and Abaco, one. Twelve cases are currently hospitalized.
So far, 91 people have recovered and there are 343 active cases. Eleven people have died of COVID in The Bahamas.
As of last night, 4,106 tests were completed. These include tests conducted by private facilities.
Government officials have attributed the surge in cases to a policy decision that allowed Bahamian citizens and residents to leave and return to The Bahamas within 72 hours without any required testing.
However, last week, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis imposed a series of measures to help contain the virus, including a stipulation that visitors to The Bahamas must, at their own expense, submit to mandatory quarantine for a period of 14 days upon arrival in the country, and must undergo an RT-PCR COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test at the end of the 14 days.
Other measures include the closure of domestic borders as of yesterday, a nationwide 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and a two-week lockdown of Grand Bahama.
Nationwide weekend lockdowns are also expected for the next several weeks.