Monday, April 6, 2020

Sands: Govt. preparing for wider community testing

Health Minister Dr Duane Sands providing an update to Parliament last week. (photo credit: BIS/Kemuel Stubbs)

By Royston Jones Jr.

Bahamas’ case fatality rate at 17.2 percent; global projection is four percent.

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As The Bahamas undergoes a “surge” of COVID-19 cases that have yet to peak, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said today the government is exploring the introduction of wider testing at a community level.

To date, over 300 people have been tested.

There have been 29 confirmed cases and five deaths, giving The Bahamas a case fatality rate of over 17 percent — four times higher the projected global CFR rate.

“We are exploring the introducing of rapid testing,” Sands advised Parliament.

“The first step in the process requires in-country validation of  the rapid serological testing.

“Once this validation is completed, wider screening for COVID-19 at the community level will commence.”

The Bahamas has more than 10,000 rapid test kits in-country, Sands announced.  Read more >>