PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis accepted the resignation of Health Minister Dr Duane Sands yesterday, a stunning climax to a fast-moving controversy that has now dimmed Dr Sands’ political career. “I thank him for his service to the Bahamas, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. I will make a further statement on this matter (today), including on who will serve as minister of health,” Dr Minnis said in a brief statement issued shortly before 10pm.
#The Elizabeth MP offered his resignation to Dr Minnis for his actions related to six permanent residents who landed in the country last week with COVID-19 testing supplies and were allowed to quarantine at home before they produced a negative COVID-19 test result.
#Some Bahamians were initially angry over the episode because hundreds who have wanted to return to the country have been stuck abroad.
#On Sunday, Dr Minnis said protocol was breached during the episode.
#Though Dr Sands on Sunday told The Tribune he would not resign from Cabinet over the affair, he did just that through a statement yesterday.