No charges for second curfew violator

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

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

A teenager who broke Covid-19 quarantine rules will not face punishment, the health minister said last night.

Kim Wilson said at the regular Covid-19 briefing that the returned resident, who arrived back on the island from Atlanta last month, was “publicly shamed”.

She said that the epidemiology and surveillance unit in conjunction with police “decided that, given the circumstances of that particular case” it did not warrant “any type of further action”.

Ms Wilson said earlier that a passenger on the July 15 Delta Air Lines flight “did not adhere to the required quarantine period and attended their workplace before receiving their arrival test results, which turned out to be positive”.

A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said last week that case management workers looked into the incident and their findings were referred to the Bermuda Police Service. She added on Monday that health teams were “co-operating with the police to aid in their investigation”.

The Royal Gazette asked Ms Wilson yesterday what details were provided to police to help with their inquiries. Ms Wilson replied: “I don’t have all that information in front of me.”

The minister said that she contacted police herself “at the time of the infraction”.

But she added: “We’re talking about a teenager that has been publicly shamed, so to speak, and the more important issue, I think, is the fact that the public can hopefully take a message that we are obviously concerned about ensuring that people are adhering to the requirements to quarantine.

“We’ve had no episodes of such breaches, to our knowledge, since that date.”

Ms Wilson said that electronic tags were used on two people who tested positive for the coronavirus.

She added: “We have such a high level of compliance for persons that are positive, the decision now has been to look at exploring the use of the monitoring on persons that are going to be quarantined.”

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Published Aug 14, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Aug 14, 2020 at 6:52 am)

No charges for second curfew violator

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