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Test results show passenger on Friday flight is COVID-19 negative

Initially it was reported that a passenger on board the first repatriation flight on Friday morning, was COVID-19 positive. But Ministry of Health officials said the passenger has been tested negative for the deadly virus.

In a press statement released on Tuesday, health officials said, “The Ministry of Health reports today that the Grand Bahama passenger previously reported as COVID-19 positive has tested negative for the COVID-19 virus.”

The statement goes on to say that the passenger was tested twice upon arrival in Grand Bahama by the Ministry of Health’s Surveillance Team and both test samples revealed a negative result.

Officials said the results have been confirmed by the fully accredited National Reference Lab in New Providence.

Health officials said “they are satisfied that the passenger did not pose a risk to the other passengers traveling on the same aircraft.”

On Friday, the passenger thought to be COVID-19 positive, travelled with three other individuals.

As a result of the ‘mishap,’ Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced on Sunday at a national address, that his government would suspend repatriation exercises while investigations are ongoing into the matter.

The passenger was among 183 Bahamians, who all wore PPEs during the flight.


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