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Bahamas: RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK: PM says stricter travel protocols imposed to avoid losing COVID war

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday the government was “racing against the clock” to curtail the spread of COVID- 19 to Family Islands as travel and other activities pick up for the Easter holiday weekend.

In an interview with Eyewitness News, the prime minister explained that the stricter travel protocols were imposed because the nation must “stay ahead of COVID” as certain islands experience an uptick in cases, which threatens to split the government’s and health officials’ efforts.

In an amendment to the emergency orders, travelers from Harbour Island and Eleuthera must now take an RT-PCR test to travel to other islands in the country.

They are also required to take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day after their arrival, in line with current standard protocols for travelers arriving in-country from international destinations.

Prior to this latest update, the requirement only applied to people traveling from New Providence, Grand Bahama, and Abaco to other Family Islands.

“Remember we sent down a team in Eleuthera and Harbour island, understand,” Minnis said.

“So, if you detect it. We are now racing against the clock, so you are trying to vaccinate as many or all in Eleuthera and Harbour Island, so as to stay ahead of COVID.

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