Bahamas Records Highest Number of New COVID-19 Cases in a Single Day
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Health officials reported 228 new coronavirus cases on Friday, hitting a record number of infections reported in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic.
Statistics released by the Ministry of Health show that this number is historical for the Bahamas and is a reminder that the virus continues to be transmitted.
Health officials said a total of 499 cases were reported between August 1-5. At the same time last week, July 25-29, 558 confirmed cases were reported.
Officials also reported two additional deaths that are being investigated.
Breakdown of new cases
- New Providence 164
- Grand Bahama 11
- Abaco 15
- Bimini and Cat Cay 3
- Eleuthera 20
- Exuma 12
- Andros 3
Twenty of these cases have a history of travel within the last fourteen days.
State of Play
On August 2, the country celebrated Emancipation Day as a public holiday. It is worth noting that when there is a holiday, members of the public may delay being tested for COVID-19 and most laboratory facilities would be closed.
The Ministry said this often results in an increase in the number of confirmed cases reported days following a holiday.