No positive for COVID-19; still Bahamians alarmed as residents’ quarantine came 10 days after exposure
#Nassau, The Bahamas – February 26, 2020 — The two Bahamians who were among those on an Air Canada plane carrying a woman who tested positive for COVID-19 are in quarantine, but the country’s health minister says they are showing no signs of having the dreaded and potentially fatal virus.
The statement from Dr. Duane Sands, Bahamas Minister of Health appears to be doing little to quell some fears about COVID-19 possibly landing on Bahamian shores. Fears are fueled by the time which elapsed between notification of the Bahamian residents’ exposure and the time the actual quarantine began.
One media report says the Minister stressed, on Tuesday, that the quarantined residents are showing no signs of any respiratory disease; that the pair has been evaluated.
Minister Sands said The Bahamas was notified by the International Health Regulations mechanism of the World Health Organization.
Passengers on the Air Canada plane were travelling domestically, from Montreal to Vancouver on Valentine’s Day, February 14 however, the people seated near the woman who later tested positive for coronavirus were not informed until February 21; seven days later.
The Bahamas Health Minister said the two Bahamians returned home to The Bahamas on February 21 but were not quarantined until Monday, February 24.
Quebec’s public health director, Horacio Arruda held a press conference in Canada on Monday and said the action of informing the passengers was a precautionary measure and that risk of contracting COVID-19 was low.
“Public Health people here in Quebec have been advised of the people travelling with that person. There’s going to be a certain number of people who are going to be personally contacted because they were three rows in front and three rows behind that case,” Arruda said.
News reports add that Air Canada was advised by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control that a passenger travelling on Valentine’s Day tested positive for COVID-19.
The Quebec director of public health believes the likelihood of spread was low and went as far as to explain what would have to be the ideal environment for any spread of COVID-19 on board the plane or in the airport.
“If you are two metres away from the person, you are not supposed to get the disease, unless there is a specific condition,” he said. “If you walked beside somebody in the airport, there is no problem.”
The woman, upon landing showed mild symptoms and has infected a close relative with COVID-19. The woman is in self-quarantine in Canada at this time.
It was explained during that press conference in Canada that masks are not the best way to fend off COVID-19 which has now killed 2,770 people and up to this hour, has infected over 81,000 people worldwide.
Earth Day celebrations
#TurksandCaicos, March 31, 2023 – Earth Day is coming up on April 22, 2023, and the Department of Environment and Coastal resources is hosting a poetry competition for TCI youth to mark the event.
Students of all ages are encouraged to write a sonnet to celebrate the TCI’s natural beauty; the winning poem will be published in the Times of the Island Magazine.
The deadline for poems to be submitted is April 30, 2023, and students should submit their poem via email to email@example.com or in person to any DECR office. Entries must include the student’s name, age and school.
The department promises that there are prizes to be won for the top poets.
April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement 53 years ago and helps demonstrate support for environmental protection. The theme for this year is “Invest In Our Planet.”
This year‘s theme follows years of missed climate action goals by governments globally, including poor climate financing. The Turks and Caicos and other small island developing states are particularly at risk environmentally because of the growing threat of climate change.
Currently the country is working through the Environmental Health Department DECR, Fisheries Department, and more to create sustainable fishing, farming, and marine practices that will benefit the country economically, but also protect its natural flora and fauna.
Projects include sargassum research, coral nurseries to rebuild the country’s coral reef, farming in schools, marine spatial planning to create an effective plan for the use of marine resources, participation in the UK Blue Belt program to protect local marine life, and much more.
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Bahamas Golden Jubilee Events Announced, Celebrations Across 33 Islands & Cays
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – As the 50th anniversary of our nation’s independence approaches, Bahamians everywhere are teeming with excitement and expectancy around the year-long celebrations set by The National Independence Secretariat.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister joined H.E Leslia Miller Brice, Chair of The National Independence Secretariat to unveil the Calendar of Events for the 50th Independence celebrations.
The calendar comprises a host of events, initiatives and recommendations for celebrations throughout all 33 islands of The Bahamas.
At this jubilant occasion the PM stated, “Celebrating independence is about acknowledging the greatness around us, the greatness within us, and the greatness ahead of us.
We are Bahamians. That identity is special.”
View the newly released calendar of events here:
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