Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd has tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19) but the Bahamas has recorded 47 new cases over the past 24 hours, the authorities have confirmed.
A statement issued by the Cabinet Office said that Lloyd had received a negative COVID-19 RT00-PCR test result on August 8.
“Following the Ministry of Health’s protocols, Minister Lloyd was tested after learning he was exposed to a positive case. Out of an abundance of caution and on advice, Minister Lloyd has voluntarily entered self-quarantine. He continues to perform his functions as Minister of Education, working remotely from home,” the statement said.
It said that “all necessary COVID-19 exposure procedures with respect to the Ministry of Education headquarters building are being observed.”,.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has confirmed that there are 47 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 945 with most of the cases being in Grand Bahama (428) and 420 in New Providence.
“Investigations are ongoing, and health officials continue to follow the condition of the other current COVID-19 positive cases,”: the Ministry said, adding that it is still investigating the death of a 34-year-old man, who died on August 6.
“Investigations are being conducted into the details of this unfortunate death. The death toll now stands at 15,” the Ministry said, urging the public to practice the various measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a face mask, maintain a physical distance of six feet from others and washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.