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Health Minister explains why Bahamas is sitting on quick tests for COVID-19; one new case



Dr. Duane Sands, Bahamas Minister of Health - BIS File Photo

#TheBahamas, April 17, 2020 — Another COVID19 death; nine for The Bahamas 🇧🇸 said Minister of Health at a media conference moments ago.
54 Confirmed for coronavirus, Bahamas wide to date.

No pending samples but The Bahamas public has cooperated enough to flatten the curve every so slightly.

It was modelled by The COVID-19 Natl Coordination Committee in cooperation with the University of The Bahamas via graphs, the potential impact of the contagion.   These models guided NCC decisions or advices to the Prime Minister which resulted in lock downs.

The graphs were displayed during the virtual media debriefing mere hours ago which illustrated cases were projected be at 90 at this stage.  Again, to date The Bahamas is 54.

Any deviation from practices of social distancing, hand washing and restricted movement might cause The Bahamas to hit a dreaded 160 cases, 66 days out. The goal is to fall well below.

Media was insistent on the point of any need for the Family Islands, where there are no cases and incoming travel is barred.  Consult and Dr Dahl-Regis believes the islands too porous, open to unknown landings… the Minister believes, the need for lock downs there may change.

Some details on the deceased individuals were listed by Dr. Duane Sands: Four were obese, three had high blood, two had asthma, one was with sleep apnea and kidney disease…all said to be with co-morbitities or underlying health conditions.

The 9 deaths were:

67 y-o female from NP

72 y-o male from NP

91 y-o male from NP

57 y-o female from Bim

79 y-o male from NP

80 y-o male from GB

50 y-o male from NP

51 y-o female from GB

56 y-o female from NP

892 contacts identified by Bahamas Ministry of Health.

10,000 quick tests in country, but Bahamas not using for several reasons including the fact that it can be unreliable, with wrong results.
The RTPCR is the “gold standard” test and what BMOH prefers.
Bahamas Reference Laboratory in Nassau is touted as far more reliable; testing samples gathered from the nostril of a suspect and looking for the specific RNA of COVID19. Absence of the genetic code of COVID, results in a negative.

This PAHO approved lab is also supporting Turks and Caicos Islands, which has had 11 positives for the novel coronavirus.

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Grand Bahama to be CARGO HUB, as Bahamas & Qatar ink MOU 



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer

#TheBahamas, September 29, 2023 – With moves to deepen ties, governments of The Bahamas and Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify agreements in principle surrounding the development of aviation and other related services.

This is according to Chester Cooper, The Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister  of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in a Facebook post.

This comes after The Bahamas Government in a press release on September 24th, revealed that Cooper,  was set to meet with the head of Qatar Airways to have talks regarding “multiple mutually beneficial aviation opportunities for both countries.”

The release also said the deputy prime minister and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation are working on “forging strategic partnerships with several Middle Eastern countries to strengthen ties to The Bahamas and the Caribbean,” and this new signing is indicative of such efforts.

Following the September 25th signing, on September 27th, Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General  of Tourism for The Bahamas informed via Facebook some details of the agreement saying, “we have now established a framework for cooperation and formed strategic partnerships with Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Transport, Aviation and Investment Agencies and The Qatar Aeronautical Academy, that will benefit our country.”

Regarding further efforts for the improvement of The Bahamas, Cooper announced on Facebook again on Tuesday September 26th that both countries are working  to make Nassau a passenger hub for Latin America and the Caribbean adding that talks are being held for Grand Bahama as a cargo hub.

Additionally, as the press release informed, Cooper is preparing for an on ground visit of Bahamasair domestic operations by Qatar Airways Technical team sometime in October.

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Defence Headquarters 28 SEP ’23: HMBS P-45 under the command of Chief Petty Officer Acadia Smith detained a group of Cuban migrants in Cistern Cay, Exuma on September 27, 2023, due to information received from a Good Samaritan vessel in the area that handed them over to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

Members of HMBS P-45 retrieved twenty-eight (28) Cuban nationals and transported them to HMBS Coral Harbour in New Providence.  All individuals appeared to be in good health and will undergo further processing and assessment by Immigration officials.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in guarding our heritage and appreciates the sharing of information and intelligence provided by the boating community to affect migrants and other unlawful interdictions at sea.

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CTO mourns the passing of former chairman Obediah Wilchcombe



#BARBADOS (September 26, 2023) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) deeply mourns the loss of distinguished Bahamian leader and former chairman of the inter-regional body, Obediah Wilchcombe.

At the time of his passing, Mr. Wilchcombe was serving as Minister of Social Services, Information and Broadcasting and Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly of the Bahamas.

“We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Minister Wilchcombe’s family, as well as the government and people of the Bahamas. He was a true champion for the people of the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean region,” remarked Kenneth Bryan, CTO Chairman and Minister of Tourism and Ports of the Cayman Islands.

Chairman Bryan recalled Minister Wilchcombe held the position of CTO Chairman twice (2002-2004 and 2016-2017) while serving as Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas, and contributed significantly to the advancement of sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean.

Chairman Bryan noted that the CTO plans to honor the life and legacy of “this eminent Bahamian leader” at the organization’s upcoming business meetings and the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Turks and Caicos next month.

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