Monday 26 October, 2020

Bahamians told to brace for more COVID-19 related deaths

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Residents of The Bahamas have been told to brace for more COVID-19 related deaths. 

During a press briefing on Friday, Minister of Health Renward Wells said 69 new cases were recorded, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the territory to 830, 719 of which are still active. 

He said only 91 of the recorded cases were contracted during the first surge of the virus. 

Minister Wells said this means a total of 739 people were infected since the second surge started mere weeks ago. 

“We continue to pray for the minimal loss of life but we have already lost 14 souls to COVID-19, three during this surge. With increasing hospitalisation the country must brace itself to experience more deaths from COVID-19,” he explained. 

The Minister of Health said The Bahamas started its battle against COVID-19 handicapped. 

By way of explanation, he said the territory’s health department was severely strained before the onset of the pandemic and the challenges have since been exacerbated. 

Minister Wells was full of praise for healthcare workers who he said continued to put their lives at risk.

He reminded residents of the importance of adhering to all social distancing guidelines and other COVID-19 restrictions, saying it is indeed a matter of life and death.

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