(Courtesy photo/Official Site of the Bahamas)

Citing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis has announced that the island will begin blocking visits by American tourists.
Beginning July 22 at midnight, the Bahamas will bar international commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers from the U.S. due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a CNN report.
“Regrettably, the situation here at home has already deteriorated since we began the reopening of our domestic economy,” Minnis said in a statement. “It has deteriorated at an exponential rate since we reopened our international borders. Our current situation demands decisive action, if we are to avoid being overrun and defeated by this virus,” he continued. “We cannot allow our hospitals to be overrun. Many priorities must be balanced, be they health, social, and economic. Chief amongst these though is the health. We cannot risk the death of Bahamians and our residents. We must be resolved in our collective willingness to save lives.”
Minnis also noted during a recent nationally televised address that the Bahamas has confirmed 15 new cases for a total of 153 cases, 49 of which were identified since the Bahamas reopened its borders on July 1.

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