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Health and Safety of Patients and Healthcare Workers continue to be the priority - Aug 15, 2020 - 8:47:00 AM

Minister of Health the Hon. Renward Wells said the health and safety of all patients and staff of the Ministry of Health, Department of Public Health, the Public Hospitals Authority, and Ministry partners continue to be the priority.

“Protocols will continue to be implemented to minimize patient and staff exposure across institutions and agencies,” Minister Wells stated at a COVID-19 Update press conference at the Ministry of Health on Friday, August 14, 2020...
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Healthcare workers volunteering their services on the frontline since the beginning of the fight against COVID-19 - Aug 14, 2020 - 10:04:11 PM


Minister of Health the Hon. Renward Wells explained that since The Bahamas saw its first cases of COVID-19, many healthcare workers volunteered their services on the frontline.

“They found themselves pressing through new thresholds and overcoming adversities they never thought they would face,” Minister Wells stated at a COVID-19 Update press conference at the Ministry of Health on Friday, August 14, 2020...
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Thirty (30) Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases - Update #129 - Aug 14, 2020 - 9:54:39 PM

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The Ministry of Health confirms today that there are thirty (30) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to one thousand one hundred nineteen (1119). There have been five hundred seventy (570) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Providence, four hundred forty-six (446) confirmed cases in Grand Bahama, forty-five (45) confirmed cases in Bimini, thirty-one (31) confirmed cases in Abaco, twelve (12) confirmed cases in the Berry Islands, eight (8) confirmed cases in Cat Island, five (5) confirmed cases in Exuma, one (1) confirmed case in Eleuthera, and one (1) confirmed case in Inagua...
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Twenty-four-hour curfew lifted for Spanish Wells - Aug 14, 2020 - 8:45:50 PM

The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to advise that based on the advice of health officials, Spanish Wells may resume normal commercial and social activity, effective immediately.

The lockdown and curfew have been lifted for Spanish Wells because health officials have not recorded any recent suspected COVID-19 activity on the island for at least two weeks.

Residents of Spanish Wells must continue to practice COVID-19 prevention health guidelines...
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The Hon. Renward Wells Minister of Health: COVID-19 Update Press Conference - Aug 14, 2020 - 7:31:25 PM

Good Afternoon:

These are the latest national COVID-19 figures.

We can report that there have been 1,119 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas. 30 new confirmed cases were added today.

There are 138 recovered cases and 964 active cases...
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ECADE elects new Directors via virtual AGM - Aug 14, 2020 - 5:13:53 PM

The Board of Directors of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) is energised to move forward with a renewed mandate from its membership, after its annual general meeting on August 8, 2020.

The meeting, attended by ECADE membership from across the EC, reviewed ECADE’s operations since the last AGM and its current financial standing... 
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GBPA donates $25,000 and launches Digital Food Vouchers to support the GB Food Distribution Task Force - Aug 14, 2020 - 3:00:26 PM

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The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) announces the launch of a digital food voucher programme in the Kanoo Pays app to support the efforts of the Grand Bahama Food Distribution Task Force to provide food for the most vulnerable families on Grand Bahama.

The GBPA, a member of the Food Distribution Task Force’s steering committee, donated $25,000 to be used to enable the programme’s recipients to shop at local grocery stores...
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The Queen’s Highway Shoreline Stabilization Project completed - Aug 14, 2020 - 2:32:38 PM

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The Queen’s Highway shoreline stabilization and roadworks project in Hope Town, Elbow Cay, Abaco is substantially completed, Works Minister the Honourable Desmond T Bannister confirmed Wednesday. The project will be monitored during the defects liability period and retention funding will be released upon the technical officers are satisfied that any defects which show up are redressed.

“In 1999, Hurricane Floyd, caused severe damage to the edge of Queen’s Highway and the nearby sand dune...
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United States working with The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency to build disaster resilience - Aug 14, 2020 - 2:30:55 PM

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On August 14, the United States Government in partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) launched a new USD $4.5 million initiative entitled “Caribbean Climate Resilience Initiative.” This new initiative will help countries reduce disaster risks as well as absorb and recover from hazard impacts and climate variability.

In December 2019, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the availability of funding to improve disaster resilience in the Caribbean...
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Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Advocates for COVID-19 Pre-testing - Aug 14, 2020 - 10:58:15 AM

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In an interview this week with CNBC, the world leader in business news, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Honourable Allen Chastanet discussed the Caribbean’s response to COVID-19, protocols to guide the reopening of the travel industry and Saint Lucia’s successes in managing the pandemic.

Prime Minister Chastanet applauded the region for its general quick response to the pandemic, the management of the pandemic...
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Beaches of New Providence during Lockdown - Aug 14, 2020 - 8:30:14 AM

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Beaches around New Providence photographed during the second week of August in the current Emergency Lockdown to control community spread of novel coronavirus. 

(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)...
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Fifty-three (53) Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases - Update #128 - Aug 13, 2020 - 7:43:50 PM

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The Ministry of Health confirms today that there are fifty-three (53) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to one thousand eighty-nine (1089). There have been five hundred forty-six (546) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Providence, four hundred forty (440) confirmed cases in Grand Bahama, forty-five (45) confirmed cases in Bimini, thirty-one (31) confirmed cases in Abaco, twelve (12) confirmed cases in the Berry Islands, eight (8) confirmed cases in Cat Island, five (5) confirmed cases in Exuma, one (1) confirmed case in Eleuthera, and one (1) confirmed case in Inagua...
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ERC recommendation for work & study annual visa gains approval - Aug 13, 2020 - 5:30:15 PM

The Economic Recovery Committee (ERC) is pleased to announce that the Cabinet of The Bahamas recently approved its recommendation for the introduction of The Bahamas Extended Stay Visa Programme for persons wishing to work or study from The Bahamas for a year.

“The Extended Stay Visa Programme is a remodeling of the current annual residence regime, to expand its qualifying criteria and to make it easier and faster for persons to get consideration and approval”, noted Kenwood Kerr, co-chair of the ERC...
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Government addressing critical food needs through National Food Distribution Task Force - Aug 13, 2020 - 4:44:45 PM

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“This is a big help. This is really, really good for the people,” said Jolean Williams as she collected her gift certificate for groceries.

Williams was among Bahamians and residents, Wednesday, who braved the heat and long queues at Pentecostal Baptist Church in Nassau Village where the Red Cross distributed boxes of food parcels and vouchers on behalf of the National Food Distribution Task Force...
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Forty-seven (47) Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases - Update #127 - Aug 12, 2020 - 10:36:36 PM

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The Ministry of Health confirms today that there are forty-seven (47) additional confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to one thousand thirty-six (1036). There have been four hundred ninety-five (495) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Providence, four hundred thirty-eight (438) confirmed cases in Grand Bahama, forty-five (45) confirmed cases in Bimini, thirty-one (31) confirmed cases in Abaco, twelve (12) confirmed cases in the Berry Islands, five (5) confirmed cases in Exuma, eight (8) confirmed cases in Cat Island, one (1) confirmed case in Eleuthera, and one (1) confirmed case in Inagua...
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Leader of the Opposition’s continued failure of substance and support puts all Bahamians at risk - Aug 12, 2020 - 9:38:11 PM

In response to the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition’s recent statement, the Office of the Prime Minister wishes to note the following information for the Bahamian people.

This is a time of extreme strain on all Bahamians. Families are hurting. Jobs are being lost.   Businesses are fighting to survive...
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RBDF urges Public to adhere to Crawfish Regulations - Aug 12, 2020 - 8:49:57 PM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force acknowledges that the crawfish season has reopened and is on high alert to ensure this valuable and much sought after resource is protected from those who seek to poach or illegally harvest it.

Royal Bahamas Defence Force assets have been monitoring popular crawfish harvesting areas to deter and intercept would be offenders. During the last two months, some two arrests of persons fishing with compressors or possession of the resource out of season were made by RBDF vessels.

The Force remains poised to guarding our heritage by ensuring laws protecting sustainable harvesting of marine resources are adhered to...
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GB Multi-million-dollar Debris Removal Project Underway - Aug 12, 2020 - 5:52:26 PM

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The Minister of State for Disaster Preparedness, Management and Reconstruction, the Hon. Iram Lewis, is a part of a multi-million-dollar debris removal project, in conjunction with the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Sanitation Services.

During a press conference on Wednesday, August 12 at the Ministry’s office in the Star General Building, Minister Lewis said that since the passing of Hurricane Dorian in September of 2019, Grand Bahama and Abaco have been declared disaster zones and the partnership is working to clear the island of debris...
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Closure of the Ministry of Health Headquarters - Aug 12, 2020 - 5:39:30 PM

The Cabinet Office announces for general information that the Ministry of Health Headquarters on Meeting and Augusta Streets will be closed this afternoon for deep cleaning and sanitization.

It was discovered that a member of staff tested positive for COVID-19, but has not been into work since 28th July 2020.

The Surveillance Unit has initiated contact tracing to determine the level of exposure to employees...
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The Ministry Of Public Works: Drain cleaning - Aug 12, 2020 - 2:31:31 PM

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The Ministry of Public Works has subcontracted multiple drainage maintenance companies to clean drains throughout New Providence with the aim of decreasing flooding and settled water across the island.

With hurricane season underway, Works Minister the Honorable T. Desmond Bannister underscored the importance of this initiative and noted that the contractors will work around the clock to help resolve this matter.  Special dispensation has been obtained to have the contractors work during the covid19 lockdown...
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