Saturday, June 3, 2023

Minnis Fears a 3rd Wave if Bahamians Travel in Pandemic

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Prime Minister Hubert Minnis pleaded with Bahamians not to travel out of the country, as the United States and Europe battle spike in coronavirus cases. Minnis says he fears a third wave of the virus if Bahamians increase their travel.

“As a result of the extraordinary spike in cases in North America and Europe – and the ongoing challenges in the Americas as a whole – as Prime Minister, I advise all Bahamians
not to travel outside of the country at this time unless for an emergency.”

Why it matters

  • The record number of cases in the northern countries like the United States and Europe means there is significant virus transmission there.
  • Traveling to a COVID hotspot could cause you to catch it.
  • These countries have an overwhelmed hospital system which makes it difficult to receive medical treatment.
  • These countries may quickly change their travel policies resulting in border closures.

What PM says?

“It is exceptionally risky to leave the Bahamas at this time.

“Please, I beg and plead with all Bahamians to stay at home, unless it is absolutely necessary to travel overseas.

Minnis acknowledged the reality of COVID-19 fatigue but asked Bahamians to travel to the Family Islands where travel is permitted while following the public health guidelines.

“I ask Bahamians to spend that money in The Bahamas with Bahamian businesses that employ Bahamians. They will have a good time and will help our economy. We should be careful and sensible when it comes to where we travel. We could have a very difficult third wave if we are lax in our behavior and in our travels.

“If you have to go overseas because of an emergency, please wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wash your hands thoroughly and often.”

Worth noting

  • COVID-19 cases are spiking across the United States. According to a New York Times database, as of Wednesday, more than 11,439,000 people in the United States were infected, and at least 248,400 died.
  • There is a high risk of infections.

Featured Image: BIS Photos/Yontalay Bowe

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