July 13, 2021
COVID-19 related deaths have climbed by two to 254, with officials reporting that the country's youngest victim is a five-month-old girl who died from the virus on June 26.
A 78-year-old New Providence woman who died on July 2 has also added to the nation’s COVID-19 death count.
With COVID-19 numbers and hospital related cases continuing to climb, former Health Minister Dr Duane Sands says it’s very likely the Delta variant could be present in the country and is “probably part of the reason” why local hospitalisations have increased.
Dr Sands spoke after the country recorded 100 new cases over the holiday weekend, pushing the nation’s overall tally to 13,165 as of Saturday.
According to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health, 51 new infections were confirmed on Saturday, 49 on Friday, 41 on Thursday, 59 on Wednesday, 23 on Tuesday, 53 on Monday and eight on Sunday, July 4, for a total of 284 last week. The week prior saw 295 cases.
Fifty-eight people are currently said to be in hospital sick with the virus, with four in the intensive unit.
Thirty deaths are currently under investigation.
Health officials would not comment on or provide more details on the infant’s death when contacted yesterday.
However, Dr Sands said the baby’s death shows that COVID-19 does not discriminate and can affect anyone.
This, he added, is why it’s important that Bahamians must not become relaxed about the current public health measures despite feeling COVID-19 fatigue.
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