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Ministry of Health Update - COVID19 Dashboard - March 31, 2020 - Mar 31, 2020 - 9:06:25 PM

March 31, 2020





News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

One more confirmed case of COVID-19 - Update #20 - Mar 31, 2020 - 8:08:25 PM

The Ministry of Health confirms today that there is one additional confirmed case of COVID-19 in Grand Bahama.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to fifteen (15).  Currently, there are three (3) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grand Bahama and twelve (12) confirmed cases in New Providence.

The latest confirmed case is a fifty-seven (57) year old female with no history of travel and no known direct link to previous cases.  The person is hospitalized and remains in stable condition...

News : Ministry of Tourism Updates

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on Covid-19 - Mar. 31 - Mar 31, 2020 - 6:28:19 PM

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is following guidance from the Bahamas Ministry of Health and other government agencies pertaining to the country’s Preparedness and Response Plan for COVID-19. Please visit the Bahamas Ministry of Health’s website for the latest information on COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas. Current and future patients are to be isolated in quarantine following the guidelines outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO)...


Countries of the Americas must act now to slow the spread of COVID-19 - Mar 31, 2020 - 5:40:13 PM

With many countries of the Americas now reporting community transmission of COVID-19, there is still a short window of time for governments to slow the spread of the virus, reduce the impact on health systems and save lives, said the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Carissa F. Etienne, during a media briefing today.

As of 31 March 2020, three months after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in China, there have been 188,949 confirmed cases in the Americas and 3,561 people have lost their lives.

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Game - Mar 31, 2020 - 1:30:18 PM

On the 24th March, 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a result of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Further to this announcement The Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) advised the Ministry of its support for and compliance with this decision...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Emergency Powers; Exempted Business Undertakings (COVID-19) - Mar 31, 2020 - 12:20:56 PM

Pursuant to Order 5 (1) (m) of the Emergency Powers (Covid 19)(No. 2) Order, 2020 I HEREBY exempt the following businesses from the provisions of Order 5-

laundromats and wash houses from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m...

Pursuant to Order 5 (1) (m) of the Emergency Powers (Covid l 9)(No. 2) Order, 2020 I HEREBY exempt the following businesses from the provisions of Order 5 -

The Department of Road Traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the purpose of facilitating the registration and licensing of motor vehicles...


Relationships matter during this pandemic - Mar 31, 2020 - 9:13:54 AM

With the current curfew in place due to COVID-19, our new norm can be trying our nerves! The new measures like working from home, social distancing, and staying in are contributors for conflicting feelings or situations. 

What happens if you are in a household and not everyone gets along in harmony? Or, you get along and are enjoying the break away from a toxic work environment or co-worker – how will you handle the stress when you return to the job?  People tend to avoid situations they do have not control over.

Conflict specialist and mediator, Caryl Lashley, a Barrister with more than 40 year’s-experience has been working for decades with clients in the areas of mediation and conflict resolution...


Bahamasair: Suspension of operations continues - Mar 31, 2020 - 8:38:36 AM

Bahamasair wishes to advise the public that in accordance with the recently revised Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No.2) Order, the airline’s operations will remain suspended.

Operations inclusive of Airport and City Ticket Offices on New Providence and Grand Bahama will remain closed to the public until further notice...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Special provisions being made to assist Family Island Administrators as they implement COVID-19 Emergency Orders - Mar 30, 2020 - 10:15:27 PM

The Government has had to make special provisions to assist the Offices of Family Island Administrators, as they work to support tirelessly to support local communities with implementing the COVID-19 Emergency Orders.

“With airports closed, movement restricted, and income streams being disrupted, many Family Island communities are feeling isolated and afraid. I want them to know that the Government is making the necessary resources available to assist in the execution of the COVID-19 Emergency Orders,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Turnquest announced while presenting an update on the Government’s stimulus measures in response to COVID-19...

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Remarks in the House of Assembly by Minister Jeffrey Lloyd on the Ministry of Education's response to COVID-19 - Mar 30, 2020 - 9:35:55 PM

Based on the advice given by Public Health officials, the Ministry of Education made the difficult decision to suspend the physical face to face instruction that takes place on our school campuses. While this action was necessary to make every effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry was and is still committed to executing its mission of providing quality education to the students of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas...

Bahamian Politics

FNM: Dr. Minnis leading on the containment of COVID-19 - Mar 30, 2020 - 9:15:18 PM

The Free National Movement issued the following statement regarding Monday’s resolution by Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis to extend the state of emergency to April 8:

“As the severity of the COVID-19 situation grows, elected leaders around the world are enacting responses in effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, has acted swiftly, effectively and thoughtfully, serving as a calming presence to all Bahamians as we deal with this growing, global pandemic together...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

Royal Bahamas Police Force Handing Over Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police - Mar 30, 2020 - 7:13:40 PM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis gave keynote remarks at the Royal Bahamas Police Force Handing Over Ceremony of the Office of Commissioner of Police, March 30, 2020 at Police Headquarters.  He commended Commissioner Anthony Ferguson on his "extraordinary service to our country and to the Bahamian people."  The Prime Minister then introduced incoming Commissioner-Designate Paul Rolle, who established the Force's first Cyber Crime Unit, and assured him of full support...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

SBDC Rolls out the Government’s $20 Million COVID-19 response - Mar 30, 2020 - 5:30:32 PM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance stated that last week the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC) rolled out the Government’s $20 million COVID-19 response, targeted to provide loans to small businesses, ranging from $5,000 to $300,000.  Approved loans will have a payment grace period of four months.

Partnering financial institutions will facilitate the actual loan processing-- to include the vetting of the required information, the approvals, the issuing of funds, and the collection of payments after the four-month moratorium, DPM Turnquest explained as he announced an update on the Government’s stimulus measures...

News : International : Caribbean News

CIBC FirstCaribbean donates USD$250,000 to regional COVID-19 fight - Mar 30, 2020 - 4:28:45 PM

Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean is moving to assist countries across the region to purchase much-needed COVID–19 testing kits.

The bank, through its charitable arm the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, will donate a total of USD$250,000 toward the purchase of the kits in the countries across its regional footprint...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

The Government and NIB Design Temporary Programme for Self-Employed who rely on the tourism industry - Mar 30, 2020 - 3:04:27 PM

Due to forces entirely beyond their control, thousands of self-employed people who rely on the flow of cruise ship and stopover visitors, are now unable to make a living over the next few weeks Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest said.

“As such, the Government has partnered with NIB to design a temporary programme that will provide weekly payments of $200 to persons who meet the eligibility criteria, for a period of up to eight weeks. That is, an eligible person can receive up to $1,600 over the eight-week period,” DPM Turnquest stated as he announced an update on the government’s stimulus measures in response to COVID-19...

News : International

Scotiabank announces details on Customer Assistance Program for customers affected by COVID-19 pandemic - Mar 30, 2020 - 2:28:45 PM

As the Bahamas copes with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are here to help our customers and provide flexible financial solutions to meet their individual needs. 

As announced previously, Scotiabank will offer assistance to customers impacted by COVID-19. To provide consumers with more choice and to ensure alignment with regulatory guidance across our region, Scotiabank has announced updates to the details of the Customer Assistance Program (CAP). ..


Former Chamber of Commerce Exec offers free classes to teach others to start online business during COVID-19 pandemic - Mar 30, 2020 - 2:00:25 PM

A former Chamber of Commerce executive and internationally-known business trainer is encouraging people to use their time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to create their own businesses, especially virtually.

Keshelle Davis has been sharing her business development expertise in London, Wales, the USA, Canada, Australia, and her native Bahamas for nearly two decades and says in order to overcome the changes in the economy, online businesses...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

NIB, SBDC and the Department of Social Services have rolled out social and economic support programmes - Mar 30, 2020 - 1:55:16 PM

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance announced that last week, the Department of Social Services, the National Insurance Board (NIB) and the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), using the additional resources allocated by this government administration, rolled out social and economic support programmes.

“This means, Bahamians are gaining access to much-needed food assistance and financial support to lessen the economic burden on their households,” DPM Turnquest said as he announced an update on the government’s stimulus measures in response to COVID-19 in the House of Assembly, Monday, March 30, 2020...


University Research Edge Presentations resume in online platform - Mar 30, 2020 - 12:34:31 PM

In the midst of a national emergency sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, University of The Bahamas (UB) forged ahead with its research presentations, five days after transitioning to remote operations and announcing that previously scheduled events had been postponed or cancelled.

On Friday 20th March, University researchers, who would have traditionally presented before a face-to-face crowd, were instead connected to those listening via an online conferencing application...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates

DPM Turnquest: Udpate on the fiscal and economic impact of COVID-19 - Mar 30, 2020 - 12:05:12 PM

Mr Speaker,

I rise to provide an update on the Government’s stimulus measures to support our citizens during this challenging time. The adverse impact of COVID - 19 has touched every single person in the country, and most significantly, the poor and vulnerable amongst us need the support of the Government to cope with the impact .

To all Bahamians I am reminded of the teachings of Isaiah 41 , where we learn to f ear not, for God is with us. The Good Book states: Be not dismayed for I am your God, I will strengthen you..

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