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First virus death in Bahamas


First virus death in Bahamas

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NASSAU – The death of a 57-year-old woman from the island of Bimini has been attributed to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, who made the announcement during a press conference late Wednesday, said Kim Johnson-Rolle, who died on Monday, tested postive for the virus – becoming the country’s first victim.

Minnis offered his condolences to her familly, including her brother, Immigration Minister Elsworth Johnson.

The Prime Minister also revealed that there are six new cases of COVID-19 in New Providence, brining the total number of confirmed cases to 21 – with three cases in Grand Bahama.

The Prime Minister also announced a new amendment, stating that all private medical and dental practices must eliminate all routine and non-emergency physical encounters with patients and shall as best as possible provide services using remote means, excluding dialysis. 

He said that where necessary, distancing applies and added that paediatricians are exempted for vaccinations and obstetricians are exempted.

Concering supermarkets, he said the schedules will be announced later this week.

The Prime Minister, who is also a medical doctor, said that to date, more than 50 healthcare workers have had to be taken out of the system because of their exposure to the virus.