Bahamas to Close to U.S. Travelers Starting July 22


If you're looking to travel to the Bahamas, you may have to wait.

The tropical island not allowing travelers from the United States starting at midnight on July 22, reported Fox News.

In an address, the Bahamian prime minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, made the announcement.

"International commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers will not be permitted to enter our borders, except for commercial flights from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union," Dr. Minnis said.

Dr. Minnis reported that some exemptions are being granted for essential and emergency travel. The new orders also close parks, beaches, indoor dining, funerals, weddings, religious services, and sporting events in Grand Bahama.

Residents of the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Canada are still allowed to travel to the country.

Anyone entering the island will require a negative COVID-19 test from a lab ten days or less before travel. If not, travelers must quarantine for 14 days.

The news comes after a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the United States.

Reporting 15,299 cases of coronavirus on July 12, Florida now holds the record for most coronavirus cases recorded in a single day.

Meanwhile, all of Europe combined reported just 15,284 cases on Sunday, causing Florida to have more coronavirus cases in the state than the entire European continent, Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute said.

"The situation in Florida is pretty worrisome. There were more cases yesterday in Floria than all of Europe yesterday, and this is obviously a situation that is getting worse," Jha said.

Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attributed the spike in coronavirus cases to a younger generation. "If you look at the 25 to 34 age group, that is now by far the leading age group for positive tests," he said.

Florida now administers 50,000 coronavirus tests per day.

Johns Hopkins University provided data surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, which then was turned into an interactive map.

As of July 19, the Bahamas has 113 reported cases and 11 deaths.

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