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Bahamas withdraws from hosting OAS Assembly

The Government of The Bahamas has withdrawn from hosting the 50th OAS General Assembly in Nassau in light of concerns surrounding COVID-19. Read the full statement here. 

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020

NASSAU, Bahamas, March 12 2020 — The Government of The Bahamas has been closely monitoring the progress of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, over the past few weeks. On the 11th of March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) took the decision to declare COVID-19 a world health pandemic as there are now more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries and 4,291 people have lost their lives.

To date, international organizations such as the United Nations (UN) and World Bank have cancelled or postponements meetings with large gatherings and the numbers of such are increasing daily.

In many capitals, large social gatherings have also been cancelled or postponed. The Government of the Bahamas takes seriously the well being of our citizens and all people throughout The Bahamas.

At the 49th Session of General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) held in Medellin, Colombia, from 26th to 28th June 2019, The Bahamas offered to host the 50th General Assembly (GA) in 2020. Currently, the global community is faced with a major international health concern. Therefore, having carefully considered all aspects of the matter, the Government of The Bahamas has taken the decision to withdraw from hosting the 50th OAS General Assembly in Nassau.

The Bahamas was one of the top performing markets in the Caribbean last year, according to the Expedia Group which said demand for the destination soared by 20 per cent in 2019.

Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis has announced the closing of schools and travel restrictions following the first confirmed case of coronavirus on the island of New Providence. Read his full national address here.

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