The Bahamas Government has announced plans to extend its emergency orders until October 31 in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

During Wednesday’s sitting of the House of Assembly, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis tabled a resolution to extend the orders which will be debated during the next sitting of the House.

The existing orders will come to an end on September 30.

The Bahamas was placed under a state of emergency on March 17, which was set to expire on June 29, it was, however, extended due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the territory.

Should the proposed extension be assented to, the government would be allowed to continue emergency measures meant to slow the spread of the virus.

PM Minnis applauded the efforts of Health Minister Renward Wells and the medical team who he said have successfully overseen a decline in the infection rate throughout the country.

While New Providence continues to record double-digit cases on an almost daily basis, Chief Medical Officer Dr Pearl McMillan explained that the infection rate has in fact gone down.

The Bahamas Ministry of Health recorded 55 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,087.

Of the new cases, 51 were recorded in New Providence and 3 in Abaco.

The location of one confirmed case hasn’t yet been ascertained.

At present, there are 1,464 active cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.

The death toll stands at 69, while 12 deaths are still under investigation

Source: Loop Caribbean

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