PREMIER Dr Hubert Minnis said that while the surge in COVID-19 cases is worrying, the pandemic is currently only affecting unvaccinated people.
His comment came after the country recorded 100 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, the most in a single day since October.
Dr Minnis told reporters yesterday: “Yes, the number of COVID infections is increasing and, yes, it is concerning. This shows that we are still in the pandemic.
“The only thing the people of the Bahamas need to understand: we are in two pandemics. Vaccinated individuals are now out of the pandemic. The pandemic is over for the vaccinated individuals. Unvaccinated individuals are still in the pandemic and therefore it is essential that we be aggressive which we do. “
“(We need to) research vaccines so that we can vaccinate our population as quickly and efficiently as possible so that they can also enter the vaccinated part. . .We use all resources. You know in Bimini we had some of our residents transported to the United States via the Baleria to be vaccinated there and we are in discussion with other cruise lines etc to see if it is possible to move. Thousands of our people in Florida have government spending to get vaccinated because we think life is so much more important than money.
The Bahamas recorded 401 cases of COVID-19 from July 11 to 17. This comes from the fact that 17 more deaths from COVID were recorded on July 14 and 15.
The number of coronavirus cases per week has steadily increased in recent times. The number of cases last week was a 41% increase from the period starting July 4 and ending July 10.
There were 284 cases in the week ending July 4.
Meanwhile, the country expects additional vaccines by the end of the month. Until then, only the second injections of the AstraZeneca vaccine are given. The government said on Sunday that 99,755 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered to date, including 39,366 second doses.
When asked if he would reintroduce stricter restrictions in New Providence, Dr Minnis said yesterday: “We would have discussions with medical staff, both tertiary and public health, and EOC staff. We would make decisions, ”he said.
“However, our decisions would be responsible for ensuring that there are no additional deaths and ensuring that our economy continues to roar as it is today.”