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House of Assembly Communication
The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis Prime Minister
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 Nassau, Bahamas
Mr. Speaker: I wish to provide the House and the country with a general update on the nation’s ongoing efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently, I announced restrictive measures for mainland Exuma, and mainland Eleuthera, due to exponential increases in new cases of COVID-19 on those islands.
As of yesterday, the 17th of November, there were a total of 99 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Exuma, and on Eleuthera, a total of 143 confirmed cases.
A team from the Ministry of Health made up of members of the contact tracing team and the surveillance unit is currently on the ground on Exuma to assess the COVID-19 situation.
Health officials report that from the analysis of the map of cases, the spread is occurring throughout Exuma.
From interviews conducted in the community by the health team, some people are still having gatherings and residents believe this is largely contributing to the spread of COVID-19 on Exuma.
A health team is scheduled to return to Eleuthera next week to complete a follow-up assessment and to determine the impact of the recently imposed restrictive measures on that island.
On Grand Bahama, health officials report that the recent increase in cases on the island is due to a recent outbreak at an industrial company.
The industrial site has been closed, and a meeting is expected to be held this week with the industrial group and their subcontractors to review the analysis of the outbreak at that site.
All positive cases from the site remain in quarantine or isolation.
Health officials continue to closely monitor Exuma, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama
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