Health officials keeping an eye on the new COVID-19 Omicron Sub-Variant

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The Disease and Surveillance team at the Ministry of Health and Wellness is continuing to monitor the global impact of COVID-19 with more recent focus now on the variant BA.2, a sub-variant of the Omicron strain. The highly transmissible sub-variant has been cited for rising cases of COVID- 19 in parts of Europe and Asia. The Ministry’s Surveillance team remains vigilant for any emerging trends at our borders.

Currently, The Bahamas is experiencing a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases across our islands. As the nation continues to enjoy a relaxation of the protocols, the public is reminded that the best ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 are to consistently and responsibly follow these preventative measures:

  • Get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19
  • Wash your hands properly with soap and water
  • Use alcohol based hand sanitizers
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wear well fitting masks or face coverings properly
  • Keep a physical distance of three feet from others
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces regularly
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Get tested to confirm your status

The public is reminded that they can book their free COVID-19 test at http://www.covidtest.gov.bs. Persons wishing to get vaccinated or receive their booster shots can register online at http://www.vax.gov.bs .