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UPDATED: Nationwide lockdown from Wednesday 9pm till next Tuesday

ANOTHER nationwide lockdown will begin at 9pm on Wednesday and last until 5am next Tuesday as the country fights the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced in the House of Assembly on Monday.

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UPDATED: Complete shutdown of all services from 8pm Friday until 5am Monday

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced on Friday more stringent measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including a complete shutdown of all services in the country until Monday morning.

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MP concerned about flight time for victim

WEST Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Pakesia Parker Edgecombe said the concerns of her constituents about the length of time it took for a critically ill patient to be flown from Bimini to New Providence will be addressed.

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As PM confirms Bimini death was COVID-19, he reveals: WE NEED TO PLAN A NEW FUTURE

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis warned yesterday that tough times are ahead for the Bahamian economy and that Bahamians must be ready for “generational changes” to the country’s economic structure after the COVID-19 crisis ends.

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HELPING HAND: Turnquest extends benefits package to help self-employed

THE government will expand its unemployment assistance programme to self-employed people outside of the tourism industry, Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest announced yesterday.

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Davis calls for reimbursement plan for hotels

Official Opposition Leader Philip “Brave” Davis yesterday called on the government to implement a reimbursement plan for hotels so they can continue to pay workers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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Henfield defends decision to close country’s borders

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield has defended the government’s decision to close the country’s borders to all incoming commercial travellers, including Bahamians, saying the move was a bid to prevent a rise in COVID-19 cases as has been seen in other countries.

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Unemployment assistance expands to self-employed outside tourism

THE government will expand its unemployment assistance programme to self-employed people outside of the tourism industry, Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest announced Monday.

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30 more days? Bethel suggests extension to lockdown likely

WHEN Parliament convenes on Monday it will likely agree to extend the 24-hour curfew based on the recommendation of medical experts.

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‘It’s going to be deep recession’

WITH the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to hit the country with a $1bn loss or more, Finance Minister Peter Turnquest said yesterday it is likely the economy is already in a recession.

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Govt may expand temporary jobless benefit scheme

MINISTER of Public Service and National Insurance Board Brensil Rolle suggested the government could expand its temporary unemployment benefit assistance to include people not in the tourism industry who have been affected by actions taken to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

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PLP leader criticises emergency order

PLP leader Philip “Brave” Davis criticised an emergency order issued by Prime Minister Hubert Minnis yesterday, saying the provisions appeared to be rushed. He said the prohibitions outlined in the order - including a national curfew and the suspension of business operations with few exceptions - may adversely impact the public.

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Minnis warning against fake news

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis railed against fake news yesterday while discussing provisions in new emergency regulations that make it an offence to spread misinformation if one knows or can be reasonably expected to know the information is false.

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We are at war and together we’ll win: PM’s battle plan to fight deadly virus

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis declared “war” against the novel coronavirus yesterday, saying new regulations granting him sweeping emergency powers over the Bahamian society are needed to save lives.

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Economy facing $1bn bodyblow, Turnquest tells House

DESPITE a projected total economic fallout of as much as $1bn from the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced several relief measures for workers in the tourism industry who will be most affected by the virus’ global impact.

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