At least 30 immigration officers in the Bahamas have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
That’s according to Minister of Immigration Elsworth Johnson.
As he made his way to a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, he made an impassioned plea for residents to adhere to social distancing guidelines and all other restrictions put in place for their protection.
He said COVID-19 is not a joke.
“Let me say this to you, you have frontline workers, you have police officers, you have doctors and nurses… this thing is dangerous! I’m not going to speak to overall figures but to the extent that you have to come out and put on these masks, your life is also at risk. This is not a joke. Why I’m so impassioned? I was shellshocked when the strongest of my father’s children went down.”
Minister Johnson said the pandemic is not a game and must be taken seriously.
He urged residents to listen to medical experts who are trying their best in these difficult times.
Meanwhile, The Bahamas Ministry of Health on Wednesday confirmed 36 new cases of COVID-19, 30 in New Providence and 6 in Grand Bahama.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the territory to 751.
The breakdown of cases for each island is as follows:
- New Providence 342
- Grand Bahama 336
- Bimini 32
- Moore’s Island 10
- Great Guana Cay 9
- Berry Islands 9
- Cat Cay 6
- Cat Island 3
- Exuma 3
- Abaco 1
According to the Ministry of Health, contact tracing has already been initiated for each of the new cases.
The Bahamas currently has 644 active cases of COVID-19.
Residents are being urged to adhere to social distancing guidelines and all other restrictions put in place for their protection.
During a national address last week Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the Intensive Care Unit is already at maximum capacity and general care rooms at the health facilities were almost full.
He said all the necessary steps must be taken to slow the spread of the virus.