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New Health Minister examines COVID-19 progression in The Bahamas

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Bahamas New Minister of Health – Hon Renward Wells appointed July 19, 2020

#NASSAU, The Bahamas — July 23, 2020 – New Minister of Health the Hon. Renward Wells said looking at COVID-19 pandemic evolving in The Bahamas, the nation recorded 104 cases from 15th March to 7th of this month.

However, Minister Wells explained that in startling contrast, from the 8th of July to 22nd July, the nation confirmed 114 cases of COVID-19.

“Let me put it another way. During the four months that our borders were closed, only 104 COVID-19 cases were confirmed. In the two-week period since the opening of the borders, the number of positive cases have more than doubled,” the Minister said during his Contribution to the Debate to Extend Emergency Orders in the House of Assembly, Thursday, July 23, 2020.

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“As of last evening, we have 115 active cases, 13 of whom are hospitalised. To date, we have carried out 3,759 tests for COVID-19 in country.”

He explained that the country’s cases are distributed among the following islands: Grand Bahama (73), New Providence (32), Bimini (4), Berry Islands (4), and Cat Island (2).

“We are aware of other cases which will be included in our official numbers today as a part of our COVID-19 data and Dashboard.”

Minister Wells added, “In summary, the majority of our new cases are directly or indirectly as a result of Bahamians’ and residents’ international travel.”

He stated that these are the indicators that provide the basis for the decision of the Competent Authority to extend the Emergency Order to September 30th.

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UB Statement: Portia M. Smith Building Under Assessment

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#The Bahamas, January 27, 2023 – In response to concerns expressed, University of The Bahamas released a notification on Thursday 26th January 2023 that effective immediately the Portia M. Smith Building at the Oakes Field Campus is closed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

Immediate steps have been taken to engage the Ministry of Environmental Health to conduct a thorough assessment of the building. In the interim, personnel assigned to Portia M. Smith have been instructed to work remotely to maintain the continuity of operations. A further communication will be issued once the assessment has been completed as we continue to provide timely updates.

Please be assured that the health, safety, and welfare of members of the University community and the general public are paramount and we are working with urgency to address this matter.

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Statement From The Ministry  of Foreign Affairs – On Order  For All Bahamians  To Leave Haiti

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#TheBahamas, January 26, 2023 – The Prime Minister  has ordered an immediate involuntary  departure from Haiti  of all diplomatic  personnel or as soon as security conditions  permit.Up to this time, there was a voluntary departure order in place and all staff at the embassy  chose to stay.  Per the new instructions, they are to leave for home as soon as conditions  permit.  This is only a temporary  measure in light of recent developments  which require a corporate  security and intelligence  assessment  and restaging.This morning  the Chargè  reported that they had been stopped by Haitian police and relieved of their vehicle and weapons. This is part of a protest by the Haitian National Police against  their own authorities.All of our diplomats are personally  safe.There also is a report  of 5 Bahamians from Bahamasair who landed at Port Au Prince Airport who were unable to leave the environs of the airport.  They are all safe and well.  The security situation  appears less stable over the past three days in the country, and we are taking steps out of an abundance  of caution.The pattern of security concerns is one of ebb and flow and these withdrawals are sometimes  necessary  to regroup.  The Security Forces  in our country have been alerted to these developments.  As soon as conditions  permit a team will be sent back into Haiti without further announcement.PLQ
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Bahamas takes in 396 Haitian migrants; shocking interception

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TheBahamas, January 25, 2023 – In what is being described by Bahamian officials as one of the largest human smuggling incidents in the region, 394 Haitian migrants were intercepted by the United States Coast Guard near Cay Sal Island on Saturday, January 21.

According to immigration officials in The Bahamas, the migrants will be processed on the island of Inagua and later repatriated.

US Coast Guard spokeswoman Nicole Groll described the condition of the intercepted boat to the Associated Press on Monday. She said, “it was grossly overloaded and very much unsafe.”

The officials did not provide any further information on the matter.

The recent apprehension brings the total number of Haitian migrants intercepted in Bahamian waters since the start of the year to just over five hundred (500) persons.

Due to the worsening humanitarian, a surge in gang violence and deepening political instability in Haiti, thousands of Haitians are fleeing their country in search of a better life for themselves and family.

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