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Bahamas: STILL NOT OVER: Emergency powers order to be extended yet again amid COVID surge

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government is expected to table a resolution in Parliament on Tuesday to extend the current COVID-19 Emergency Orders past the August 13 expiration date, amidst a significant spike of COVID-19 cases in the country.

The House of Assembly issued a notice for the reconvening of Parliament yesterday, indicating that the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the country required the Lower Chamber to meet on an earlier date than it was adjourned to, in order to determine the extension of the COVID-19 emergency powers order.

Parliament had been adjourned to September 22 following the passage of the 2021/2022 fiscal budget. However, the current state of emergency and emergency orders were expected to end on August 13.

The government had previously advised it would allow the order to lapse depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country.

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