The US has recorded more than 3,809,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began. Another grim statistic is that the death toll stands at around 138,000. The reemergence of the virus pandemic has resulted in the Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minni banning American tourists from entry.
Minni announced the ban over the weekend and also declared flights to the US would be halted.
He said the virus pandemic in the Bahamas has worsened "at an exponential rate" since the country, located within the Lucayan Archipelago of the West Indies in the Caribbean, reopened its international border in early July.
"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," Minnis said in a National Address on Sunday.
He said, "Bahamasair will cease outgoing flights to the United States of America, effective immediately."
Minnis' decision to close the international border with the US follows recent developments of Florida becoming the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said, "As a country, we have to do what is right and necessary. If we do not take these measures now, we will pay a higher and deadlier price later. At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we acted early to prevent widespread sickness and death."
Closing the international border with the US will only amplify the recession in the Bahamas, considering the tourism industry is more than half the country's GDP.