NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Health officials indicated yesterday that more contagious variants of the coronavirus likely arrived in The Bahamas since last month and have contributed to some extent to the increase in COVID cases, which has been labelled a “surge” and the “early phases of a third wave”.
“The emergence of variant strains of COVID-19 is of significant concern,” National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee Chairperson Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis said during a press conference.
“New strains have been identified from the UK, Brazil and South Africa, and more recently, from India. These variants spread more easily and are infecting younger age groups.
“The cases may be more severe and some countries are reporting more deaths.”
Dahl-Regis said genomic testing has been monitored between March 13 and April 17.