Twenty-seven more COVID-related deaths were confirmed in The Bahamas over the weekend, 14 of which occurred in the previous week alone.
According to the dashboard, all but seven of the deaths were people from New Providence. Four of the people who died were from Grand Bahama, two from Andros and one from Exuma.
The victims ranged in age from 35 to 83 years old.
The latest deaths brought the country’s toll to 439. One hundred people have been confirmed to have died with COVID, but not because of it, while another 27 deaths are still under investigation.
Three of the deaths occurred this month, while the remainder occurred in August.
So far, 120 people were confirmed to have died of COVID-19 in August, making it by far the deadliest month of the pandemic seen yet in The Bahamas.
The 3,540 cases recorded last month also far surpassed the figures seen in months prior.
With 277 new cases recorded between Thursday and Saturday, it appears that the spread of COVID has not been slowing.
Of the new cases, 233 were on New Providence, 18 on Grand Bahama, six on Cat Island, six on Eleuthera, four on Long Island, four on Abaco, one on Andros, one in the Berry Islands, one on Exuma, and three with locations still pending.
Many have criticized Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis for his decision to call an election in the midst of the worst surge the country has seen.
The next election was not due until May 2022, but the House was dissolved on August 19 and Minnis announced that the election will take place September 16.
Some have raised concerns that election day will be a super spreader event.
But at a rally on Grand Bahama on Friday, Minnis assured that the polls will be safe.
“Go to the polls,” he said.
“The polls are safe.
“You will not catch COVID at the polls. They are safe.”
Minnis also claimed that the curve was being flattened on Grand Bahama.
“I’ve been reviewing and looking at the statistics and Grand Bahama is doing well,” he said.
“Your numbers are continuously decreasing. It appears that Grand Bahama is turning the curve.”
As of Saturday, 175 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in The Bahamas, 21 of whom were in intensive care.
The test positivity rate on Saturday was 23.2 percent — nearly five times higher than the five percent maximum recommended by the World Health Organization.