Passenger aboard G. B repatriation flight tests negative for COVID-19 virus

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The Ministry of Health reports today that the Grand Bahama passenger previously reported as COVID-19 positive has tested negative for the COVID-19 virus. The passenger arrived in Grand Bahama on Friday, 8 May, and was part of the Government’s exercise to return home Bahamians and residents who were still abroad due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was discovered after the aircraft landed in Grand Bahama that this passenger was on the flight. Three individuals traveled with this passenger. The passenger was tested twice upon arrival in Grand Bahama by the Ministry of Health’s Surveillance Team. Both test samples returned a negative result, as confirmed by the fully accredited National Reference Lab in New Providence. Health officials are satisfied that the passenger did not pose a risk to the other passengers traveling on the same aircraft. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is investigating the circumstances surrounding the passenger
being allowed to board the flight.

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