Wednesday 21 October, 2020

Sex-assault, violence & COVID: US warns against travel to The Bahamas]]

Residents of the United States have been cautioned against travelling to The Bahamas.

On Thursday the US State Department issued a level four travel advisory for the Caribbean territory citing health and safety concerns and COVID-19 related conditions.

The advisory which was issued on Thursday said: "Do not travel to The Bahamas due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions. Exercise increased caution in The Bahamas due to crime. Some areas have increased risk."

The State Department warned US residents to exercise extreme caution if they decided to venture to the Caribbean territory.

Included in the advisory was a country summary which read: "Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, occurs even during the day and in tourist areas. Although the family islands are not crime-free, the vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands."

The Bahamas is the first country within the English speaking Caribbean to be on the receiving end of a level four travel advisory since the start of the pandemic.

The United States has approximately five million confirmed cases and has recorded over 160 thousand virus-related deaths.

On Thursday the Bahamas Ministry of Health recorded 10 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 761.

Of the 10 new cases,  7 were recorded in New Providence, 2 in Bimini and 1 on the island of Abaco.

With concerns raised over the rate of infection in the territory, persons travelling from The Bahamas to Sweden and the United Kingdom will now be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

The Bahamas currently has 654 active cases of COVID-19.


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