Burt: Island logs two more cases of Covid-19

  • David Burt, the Premier (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    David Burt, the Premier (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The island has recorded two new cases of Covid-19, the Premier revealed tonight.

David Burt said the two cases were included in 143 test results that came back today.

The total number of Covid-19 cases is now 144.

Mr Burt gave the news as he started a question-and-answer session on the Bermuda Government’s Facebook page.

He warned the public not to let down their guard as the coronavirus was “still on our shores”.

Mr Burt highlighted that, of the three latest Covid-19 cases, two were young people.

He said: “This means that persons are finding themselves in places where they are probably not being as careful as they need to be.”

Mr Burt added wearing a mask was “particularly, particularly important”.

He said: “On the whole, I think Bermuda has done a reasonably good job.

But he added: “There have been some persons becoming a little bit more lax and it’s important that we don’t do that.”

He warned the island to expect more cases of the disease.

Mr Burt said airlines Delta, Air Canada, WestJet and possibly British Airways were expected to resume service when the airport reopened next month.

He added overseas mail would also come in when flights returned.

But Mr Burt warned: “There will be certainly less flights than we had before.”

He added that some hotels might not be able to reopen while airlift remained low.

Mr Burt said nasal swab tests would be taken at the airport but he expected a saliva test to be available in three weeks’ time.

He added antigen tests — which detect viral proteins that trigger antibody production in response infection — would “hopefully be up and running at the hospital before the end of the month”.

Mr Burt said an antibody test shipment was expected to arrive next week and the tests would be offered alongside regular testing.

He added he did not want to charge air arrivals for the test as the island reopened to tourists.

Mr Burt said people would be tested before and after arrival and that residents who returned would also have to be tested.

Residents are allowed to quarantine at home while they wait for their test results.

Mr Burt added that the United States ban on cruise ship voyages continued, but that the same testing rules would apply when cruise travel resumed.

Travel dominated the questions sent in to the Premier, but he also addressed questions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Burt said the cancellation of Cup Match, his favourite holiday, “upset me to the core”.

This year will mark the first year of Mary Prince Day on the second day of Cup Match, which replaced Somers Day.

Mr Burt said the 8pm curfew at beaches and parks over the holiday weekend was a necessary move because people would be out and about, many drinking alcohol, and could let their guard slip.

He added that the Cabinet has debated a relaxation of the rule on shopping days by surname, but Mr Burt said it would continue in the meantime.

Mr Burt told one questioner that universal healthcare provision “absolutely” remained for the Progressive Labour Party government.

He also confirmed that vacant posts in the Civil Service were frozen.

Another viewer asked whether the curfew would continue when the island moved to phase 4, the last stage of Covid-19 restrictions.

Mr Burt said: “I do not know the answer to that. I do not think it will when we leave the state of emergency.”

But he added: “We will have to see what conditions on the ground are.”

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Published Jun 13, 2020 at 7:50 pm (Updated Jun 13, 2020 at 9:24 pm)

Burt: Island logs two more cases of Covid-19

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