Coronavirus test travel advisory

  • Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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The Minister of Health has warned residents who plan to travel overseas not to use coronavirus tests taken on the island as a way to fulfil the pre-departure test option when they return.

Kim Wilson explained yesterday: “With the long weekend coming up, it has come to our attention that some persons are trying to get tests locally as a pre-departure test for their return.

“This is not permitted. Once you leave Bermuda and enter a jurisdiction with community transmission of Covid-19, you are at risk of being exposed.

“The pre-departure test needs to be taken in the place with community transmission.

“A test taken in Bermuda does not count as a pre-departure test for your return to Bermuda.”

Ms Wilson added: “Our enforcement teams will be vigilant of this to ensure adherence to the law and its spirit. Returning residents with a ‘pre-departure’ test taken before leaving Bermuda will quarantine for four days on their return, per the Quarantine (Covid-19) (No 3) Order 2020.”

Ms Wilson was speaking after the Ministry of Health got back 621 results and all were clear.

A government spokeswoman said yesterday that Bermuda had 153 total confirmed cases of coronavirus and that five were active but none were in hospital.

Nine people with Covid-19 have died and 139 people have recovered from the virus.

The spokeswoman said that the average age of cases was 59 and the ages of people infected ranged from 18 to 101.

She added: “Bermuda’s country status is ‘sporadic cases’.

“The seven-day average of our real-time reproduction number is less than 1.”

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Published Jul 25, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 25, 2020 at 8:04 am)

Coronavirus test travel advisory

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