Turnquest: Contigency for continuity of Govt. in place

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest yesterday said consideration has been given to the continuity of government if Cabinet ministers were impacted by COVID-19.

Turnquest and Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis went into self-quarantine after the Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre, which houses their offices, was closed for deep cleaning and sanitization due to exposure to the virus.

The Cabinet Office said while there was no confirmation that either Minnis or Turnquest was exposed to the virus, but they will remain quarantined until further instructions from the Ministry of Health.

“In this particular circumstance, neither one of us are exhibiting any signs of being affected and of course I have been tested negative twice now, so that fear is minimal,” Turnquest said.

“In the event there is a deteriorating or an infection that requires hospitalization for either one of us the obvious duties… will be transferred either from him to me or me to him and it would work that way.