Sunday 29 November, 2020

Bahamas denies entry to vessel with 5 COVID-19 cases on board

MS Braemar. Photo: iStock/vale_t

MS Braemar. Photo: iStock/vale_t

The MS Braemar cruise ship will not be permitted to dock in The Bahamas due to the presence of five people infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) on board.

The Ministry of Transport and Local Government took this decision to keep the Bahamas free of COVID-19.

As of yesterday, there were no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Bahamas.

Two British Government officials have been granted permission to enter the Bahamas on March 14 to assist the UK’s High Commission in Freeport, Grand Bahama with ensuring medical supplies reach passengers aboard the vessel.

MS Braemar sails under a Bahamian flag but the Government said refuelling and replenishing of supplies will take place 25 miles out at sea in the Northern Bahamas.

The vessel will leave Bahamian waters once the exercise is completed.

MS Braemar is carrying 1,128 passengers and 384 crew members.

Officials in the Dominican Republic and St Maarten also denied the vessel entry into their ports.



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