Writer: Macushla Pinder
Emergency Powers have been extended for another two months as the country wrestles a second surge of the COVID-19 cases.
Prime Minister the Most Honourable Dr. Hubert Minnis today announced in the House of Assembly that the new Emergency Powers will expire September 30th.
“A new and better norm will not emerge until there is a vaccine and while there appears to be promising developments for a vaccine, we do not know when such a vaccine will be available nor the degree of its effectiveness or efficacy. But, as I have said, I have a conviction that that vaccine with come sooner than expected,” the prime minister said.
The extended restrictions come just as The Bahamas had brought its numbers down to the lowest levels. Then, came the flare ups.
“It is our desire based on advice from our health team to only impose reasonable, gradual restrictions to slow the virus spread. However, if the flareup is large and the situation dire, we have to move with the most aggressive response which is a lockdown,” he said.
“We are monitoring the current cases of COVID-19 extremely closely. We will make decisions based on the best interest of Bahamians and residents, the best information at any given moment.”
The prime minister, who at the time was leading off debate in the House of Assembly on a resolution extending the Emergency Powers accepts that “we have some very difficult days and weekends ahead.”
“At this point in time, COVID is not going anywhere. We need these measures to act quickly and decisively,” he said.