Health minister downplays possibility Nomination Day events could have been superspreaders

Wells acknowledges “potential” for COVID outbreaks where events had “breakdown in protocols” but says govt can manage

PSA concerned about election/campaign gatherings amidst virus surge

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Despite the gathering of hundreds of politicians and political party supporters on Nomination Day on Friday, Health Minister Renward Wells said there is no concern the day could be a superspreader event.

Wells spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the Free National Movement’s (FNM) first drive-in rally on New Providence on Saturday and was asked about the large gatherings around New Providence the day before.

“There were campaigns where some were responsible and responsive and there were those where when individuals came out, they had to deal with the circumstances that they found,” he said.

“At the end of the day, you had campaign teams that were usually together…”

Despite COVID-19 protocols that stipulate only five fully-vaccinated people may campaign in a group, the day was marked with multiple political candidates coming out with large contingents.

 

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