Health

Flight delivers 1,800 kits and 129 residents

  • Glad to be home: buses take the BA flight passengers to a government-approved facility for a mandatory 14-day quarantine period (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Glad to be home: buses take the BA flight passengers to a government-approved facility for a mandatory 14-day quarantine period (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Photograph by Akil Simmons
  • British Airways flight from Heathrow returns home Bermudians (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • British Airways flight from Heathrow returns home Bermudians (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • British Airways flight from Heathrow returns home Bermudians (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • British Airways flight from Heathrow returns home Bermudians (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
  • Royal Bermuda Regiment troops secure the front gate at LF Wade International Airport, allowing access only to essential personnel (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Minister of National Security Wayne Caines arrives at the airport to witness the arrival of the medical kits (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • John Rankin, the Governor, seen departing the airport after the arrival of the medical kits and supplies (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Medical kits arrive at LF Wade International Airport (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • Medical kits arrive at LF Wade International Airport (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
  • British Airways passengers fill three buses and head to a government-approved facility for a mandatory 14-day quarantine (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A British Airways charter flight returned 129 people who had been stranded in Britain to the island yesterday.

The aircraft delivered passengers, including seniors and students, as well as 1,800 virus test kits and personal protection equipment for emergency personnel.

Residents were taken for a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government-approved centre.

John Rankin, the Governor, thanked Bermudian personnel who assisted, as well as the Government’s London office for ensuring that “the elderly, young people and vulnerable persons were given priority”.

The flight, arranged with the British Government, came from Heathrow Airport and touched down in Bermuda at about 2pm.

The plane later flew on to the Cayman Islands, taking 59 residents of the UK Overseas Territory home, as well as emergency supplies.

The flight also carried a British coronavirus advisory team bound for the Turks & Caicos Islands, also a UK Overseas Territory.

The aircraft was scheduled to return to Britain with 103 British residents stuck in the Caribbean because of flight cancellations.