Tuesday, October 20, 2020

PM Becomes Third Politician to Self-Isolate; DPM Does It Again After Possible COVID-19 Exposure

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis would make the third politician to self isolate after possible exposure to COVID-19.

Both he and Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest were possibly exposed to the infectious disease at the Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre as it houses the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance.

The building was closed on Tuesday afternoon for cleaning and sanitization, a press release says.

The press release says the Ministry of Health’s Surveillance Unit has started contact tracing to determine the level of exposure to employees and visitors to the Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre.

At this point there is no confirmation that Dr. Minnis or Turnquest were exposed.

But out of caution, the politicians will voluntarily enter into self-quarantine until further instructions from the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health advised other employees to self-quarantine until further instructions are issued.

On Monday, Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd announced that he would self-isolate after possible exposure to the virus.

A staff member of the Ministry of Education was exposed to the virus and placed under quarantine, resulting in the closure of the curriculum section.

This would make the second quarantine for Turnquest, who was exposed earlier in July after his police aide in Grand Bahama, tested positive for the virus. He quarantined in his home in Grand Bahama.

To date, 945 cases have been confirmed for the country, with 815 active cases.

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