Former Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has been admitted to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.
Ingraham, who first led the Free National Movement (FNM) to a historic general election victory in 1992 and followed that up with victories in 1997 and 2007, was diagnosed with the virus more than a week ago but was admitted to hospital on Tuesday when his symptoms worsened, said Dr Duane Sands – a former Minister of Health..
Sands, who has been authorized to speak on his behalf, said at no time was the 73-year-old placed on a ventilator machine.
“He is COVID positive and he was being treated at home but got worse and is now hospitalized. He is stable, he is in a critical care area at Doctors Hospital being managed by a team of physicians as he convalesces,” Sands said.
The former Prime Minister’s diagnosis comes as 19 people were confirmed to have the virus on Tuesday, including 13 men and six women.
Meanwhile, officials within the Health Minister are said to be on alert for new COVID-19 variants, particularly ones originating in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Earlier this week, Health Minister Renward Wells said the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should be in the country by the end of this week and health workers could start receiving vaccinations as early as next week.