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HEALTH Minister Dr Michael Darville urged Bahamians not to become overly optimistic about the slight decline in recent COVID-19 infections, saying the drop in numbers could be the result of a low number of virus testing.

His comments came as the country recorded 111 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 more deaths from the virus on Wednesday. The day before, 91 cases were recorded, while 39 cases were reported on Monday and 34 on Sunday. The country now has a total of 20,490 cases, of which 1,639 are still active. There have also been 522 confirmed COVID deaths since the start of the pandemic.

In its September 22 dashboard, the Department of Health reported that 10 people had died from the virus between September 8 and September 19.

Three of the victims were from Grand Bahama while the other seven were residents of New Providence. Their ages range from 44 to 82 years old.

Speaking yesterday on the COVID-19 situation in the country, Dr Darville admitted officials had seen positive signs that cases could decrease in the country, but said more data is needed to determine this made.

Despite this, he said it was still important for Bahamians not to let their guard down, as the drop in numbers could be the result of reduced testing.

“We are seeing signs that the cases could decrease, but we are aware that we are not being overly optimistic at this time as this may be a direct result of a lack of testing, so we need to gather the facts and piece the puzzle together. around science and then we will be delighted to let the media know where we are and the people of the Bahamas to understand the situation, ”Dr Darville told reporters ahead of yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.

During the election campaign, the Progressive Liberal Party vowed that once elected, it would stabilize the country’s COVID situation through increased testing and expanded contact tracing, among other things.

Earlier this week, Dr Darville told reporters the government was ready to activate its ten-point COVID action plan, which includes offering free COVID testing to Bahamians. He said the government was negotiating with companies to implement free COVID-19 testing.