A COVID-19 Positive Passenger Flew in From Abroad

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The case returned with 183 Bahamians on Friday and disembarked at Grand Bahama

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said one person who tested positive for COVID-19, flew among the 183 Bahamians who returned from abroad on Friday

Speaking at his national address on Sunday, Dr. Minnis said, “The agreement, with those wishing to return is that no one who tested positive for the virus would be allowed on a repatriation flight. However, it was discovered after the aircraft landed that one COVID-19 positive passenger was on the flight to Grand Bahama.”

He said investigations are being conducted to inquire how the individual was allowed to board the flight as three individuals traveled with the passenger.

Dr. Minnis said all four of these individuals were tested again on arrival and their results are pending.

All passengers wore PPEs during the flight, which decreases the risk of exposure, he said.

Dr. Minnis said his government will suspend repatriation exercises while investigations are ongoing into this matter.

“Pending the investigation and review of this matter I have been advised by health officials to temporarily suspend the repatriation flights, which we will resume as soon as health officials advise.”

He said the public will be advised when the repatriation flights will resume.

Passengers on the flight were placed in quarantine and are being monitored.

One hundred and twenty-four individuals are in home quarantine and 59 are in government quarantine at Breezes Hotel, which is being used as a facility.

The returnees disembarked at Grand Bahama and New Providence.

He said health officials will continue to keep the country informed on this matter.


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