Nine Persons Have Lost their Lives Due to COVID-19 in The Bahamas

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During this COVID-19 fight, nine persons have lost their lives, Minister of Health the Hon. Dr. Duane Sands explained during a COVID-19 Update Press Conference at the Ministry of Health, Thursday, April 16, 2020.

“Our condolences go out to the family of the latest victim, and to the families of the eight other people who lost their lives to the virus. Let us keep these families in our prayers in their time of grief,” Dr. Sands stated.

He noted that earlier in the day on April 16, the Ministry of Health confirmed an additional case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in The Bahamas to 54 – 45 in New Providence, seven in Grand Bahama, one in Bimini and one in Cat Cay.

The Health Minister stated that currently, there have been:

668 samples tested for COVID-19;

54 have been confirmed positive, an increase of one from yesterday;

612 tests were confirmed negative; and

Zero samples are pending.

He said, “At the last press conference, we advised that persons suffering from comorbidities are at a very high risk and can experience death if COVID-19 is contracted.

This included:

The elderly, those 60 and older with and without chronic diseases;

Those with chronic diseases – for example, people with hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, chronic lung disease, including asthma, heart disease, sickle cell disease and the morbidly obese;

Those who are immune compromised – such as those with HIV/AIDS, or cancer and those on medicines such as steroids or chemotherapy;

Those who are pregnant.

By Llonella Gilbert (BIS)

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