The prime minister of the Bahamas introduced a series of coronavirus-associated constraints Sunday, such as a ban on most intercontinental flights, as the number of circumstances in the Caribbean nation surges.
“Our present-day circumstance calls for decisive action if we are to keep away from being overrun and defeated by this virus,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis stated in a nationwide tackle. “We simply cannot let our hospitals to be overrun.”
Minnis stated the quantity of cases had practically tripled due to the fact the Bahamas started reopening its borders July one. The full variety of cases had risen to 153, he stated, with most of the new instances appearing on a single of the country’s major islands, Grand Bahama.
Lots of of the new instances have been traced to citizens returning to the Bahamas, he reported.
Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union will be allowed to deliver industrial flights without having passengers to the place of practically 400,000 to choose up people and return them to their dwelling countries, he mentioned. The evaluate will go into influence Wednesday.
Private yachts and flights will still be allowed to enter, while the Bahamas’ airline, Bahamasair, will be banned from traveling to the United States, Minnis said.
Minnis announced the closure of shorelines and parks and a nightly curfew on Grand Bahama. Returning residents who can’t existing negative take a look at results for immigration officials will have to bear required two-7 days quarantines, he reported.
Tim Stelloh is a reporter for NBC News, dependent in California.