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COVID-19 Cases Surge to 14

Emergency Order to be Extended Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced yesterday that there are three more confirmed cases of COVID-19 and plans to extend the state of emergency until April 8. This brings to 14 the total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed to date. Two have been confirmed in Grand Bahama and the remaining […]

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Grocery Stores Enforce Social Distancing Order

Cherika Johnson, Journal Staff Writer As the new 24 hour curfew began on Tuesday, Bahamians flocked to grocery stores for essential items. When Bahama Journal’s news team arrived at Quality Supermarket, Cable Beach, a line wrapped the plaza as shoppers waited on the outside, practicing the six feet distancing order. Distance markers were painted on […]

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Nation Prays Against COVID-19

26 March 2020

Cherika Johnson, Journal Staff Writer As the Bahamas faces health and economic hardships due to covid19, Kingdom Life Church Pastor Cedric Moss said prayer is necessary. He, like many Christians around the country, have assembled in their private space to pray for the health and wealth of the country, after Prime Minister Hubert Dr. Minnis […]

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‘A Screeching Halt’ for Tourism

26 March 2020

Laurencia I.A. Smith, Journal Staff Writer The Bahamas tourism workforce has been brought to its knees due the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar. “So tourism is 48 percent of our direct employment, 40 percent of our GDP. It’s huge. Tourism has come to a screeching halt across the planet,” he said, […]

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First COVID-19 Case Worries GB Residents

26 March 2020

Tyler Symonette, Journal Staff Writer Grand Bahamians are anxious and concerned as the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in their city.  The latest patient was a woman who had no significant travel history. This discovery has led to Grand Bahamians wondering about the future of their island and if there are more cases […]

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National Exams Postponed

26 March 2020

Tyler Symonette, Journal Staff Writer Although the 2020 International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations have been canceled globally, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said this does not affect national examinations in The Bahamas which are only postponed. The Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE) announced the cancelation of the IGCSE due to the uncertainty […]

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‘Country has Enough Resources to Enforce Curfew’

26 March 2020

Laurencia I.A. Smith, Journal Staff Writer Attorney General Carl Bethel said The Bahamas has sufficient police and military resources to enforce the 24-hour curfew that’s needed to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are not the only law enforcement agencies patrolling the […]

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Bahamasair Uncertain Over Employment

26 March 2020

Cherika Johnson, Journal Staff Writer Bahamasair Managing Director Tracy Cooper said if the emergency order is extended beyond March 31, the company, which is already struggling after Hurricane Dorian, remains uncertain on staff employment. “Related to employees, COVID-19 is affecting the whole world. It’s a pandemic at this point and by extension The Bahamas as […]

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Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands Addresses COVID-19 Update Press Conference

Fifth COVID-19 Case

25 March 2020

GB Woman Tests Positive for Virus Laurencia I.A. Smith, Journal Staff Writer A woman who tested positive for the coronavirus in Grand Bahama is confirmed as the fifth case of COVID-19 in The Bahamas, according to Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands. Dr. Sands announced the fifth confirmed case yesterday during a press conference at […]

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DPM Predicts ‘Sharp Recession’

25 March 2020

Laurencia I.A. Smith, Journal Staff Writer Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest predicted that COVID-19 will cause a sharp recession. “This is going to be a difficult time for us. Our worst case scenario up to this point showed us that somewhere around a billion dollars in loss into the economy with […]

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AG Warns of Possible Curfew Extension

25 March 2020

Laurencia I.A. Smith, Journal Staff Writer The curfew may be extended for an additional 30 days, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel. Bethel told reporters of the possible curfew extension yesterday before entering the weekly Cabinet meeting. Currently, the country is on a 24-hour lockdown to help combat the spread of COVID-19. “The strong advice […]

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‘Social Distancing is No Joke’

25 March 2020

Tyler Symonette, Journal Staff Writer Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell condemned beach-goers and urged Bahamians to not take social distancing “as a joke.” Recently, videos and pictures circulated social media of large groups of Bahamians gathering on a beach, the direct opposite of the social distancing protocol the government has implemented to curb […]

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