COVID-19 pandemic in the Bahamas

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COVID-19 pandemic in The Bahamas
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Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationThe Bahamas
Index caseNew Providence[1]
Arrival date15 March 2020
(2 years, 7 months, 4 weeks and 1 day)
Confirmed cases93[2]
Active cases52[2]
Government website
Government of Bahamas - Ministry of Health

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Bahamas is part of the COVID-19 pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).[3]

Background[change | change source]

The outbreak was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019,[4] declared to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020,[5] and recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 11 March 2020.[6] It was confirmed to have reached the Bahamas on 15 March 2020 with the announcement of the first case.[1]

Cases[change | change source]

On 15 March, Acting Minister of Health Jeffrey Lloyd announced the first confirmed case, a 61-year-old female.

Response[change | change source]

On March 20, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced a 9pm to 5am curfew, restrictions on private gatherings, and closure of most in-person businesses, with limited hours for food stores and farmers' markets, pharmacies, gas stations, laundromats, banks, construction, and restaurants (limited to take-out only).

Essential workers for the government, utilities, and media were told to work, as were health care providers and suppliers. The airport remained open, but only essential travel was allowed on public buses.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "61-Year-Old Woman Is The First Confirmed Case Of Covid-19 In The Bahamas". The Tribune. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)". Bahamas Ministry of Health. 26 April 2020.
  3. "Coronavirus disease 2019". World Health Organization. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  4. "WHO | Novel Coronavirus – China". World Health Organization. 12 January 2020. Archived from the original on 14 January 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  5. "Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)". World Health Organization. 30 January 2020. Archived from the original on 31 January 2020.
  6. "WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 – 11 March 2020". World Health Organization. 11 March 2020.
  7. Updated: Pm Puts Nation In Lockdown, Confirmed Covid-19 Cases Now Stand At Four