THE Grand Bahama passenger who initially tested positive for COVID-19 has now tested negative for the disease, the Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday night.
#The passenger arrived in Grand Bahama on Friday, May 8, and was part of the government’s exercise to return Bahamians and residents home who were still abroad due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
#It was discovered after the aircraft landed in Grand Bahama that this passenger was on the flight. Three individuals traveled with this passenger.
#On Sunday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said the passenger tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of his arrival home and should not have been on the flight. At the time, he said the passenger and three others with him had been retested and officials were awaiting the results.
#On Tuesday night, officials said the passenger has now tested negative for the disease.
#“The passenger was tested twice upon arrival in Grand Bahama by the Ministry of Health’s Surveillance Team,” the Ministry of Health said Tuesday night. “Both test samples returned a negative result, as confirmed by the fully accredited National Reference Lab in New Providence. Health officials are satisfied that the passenger did not pose a risk to the other passengers traveling on the same aircraft.”
#The statement came hours after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it was investigating how the passenger was allowed on the flight.