No determination yet if COVID emergency orders will be extended again

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said yesterday that the government remains on the fence on whether it will extend the current state of emergency, which is expected to expire on May 23.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Exuma International Airport contract signing and groundbreaking ceremony, Minnis said he could not say at the time what will happen as health officials continue to monitor the pandemic.

“We’ve been watching the statistics, watching the hospitalization, watching the response of the public,” he said.

“Our main objective and goal moving forward is to ensure we come out of what we are going through as quickly as possible.

“So, I will discuss with physicians to hear their views and after which discuss with my colleagues and then come up with a final determination which is best for the nation.”

The Bahamas has been in a state of emergency since March 17, 2020 — just days after the country recorded its first case of the virus.