Kim Wilson Sept 8
Covid-19: ten-year-old becomes first child case
The island’s first child case of Covid-19 was logged yesterday after a ten-year-old tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the youngster was one of two positive cases of the illness out of 2,140 test results that had came back since Sunday.
Ms Wilson added both were contacts with identified cases of the illness — one a resident, one a visitor.
She said the child was quarantined for two weeks with parents and that there was no public health risk.
Both of the people who passed on the infection have been isolated as well.
The news brought the island’s total number of cases to 177 with the sources of two cases under investigation.
But David Burt, the Premier, said the latest round of results kept Bermuda highest in the Americas for per-capita testing.
Mr Burt added the island ranked sixth in the world for test numbers after it edged past the United Arab Emirates.
The news came as the island’s stricter travel authorisation regime came into effect at midnight last night.
Ms Wilson said the new rules, which included the requirement for travellers to upload a valid clear PCR test result, had been brought in because there had been “a couple of instances” where travellers had attempted to upload fake tests.
Mr Burt added that the Cabinet had approved regulations yesterday for the new supplemental benefit for workers left out of a job by the pandemic.
It will allow workers who may not be eligible for finance assistance to get further support and basic health insurance from the Government.
He said people who qualified should get their first payments this week.
Mr Burt added there would be an update on the midnight closure time for bars and clubs next week.
He said the Ministry of National Security would also streamline the approval process for large gatherings, which would be announced at a briefing next Tuesday.
Mr Burt added taxi drivers, whose business had taken a major hit from the pandemic, would get a 50 per cent payroll tax break, and their annual licence fee would halved.
He warned no one should be under any illusions that the pandemic would burn itself out soon.
Mr Burt said: “It is not the time to let our guard down.
“We can see very clearly there is a resurgence of cases in many countries which had the virus under control.”
He added the Ministry of Health was making preparations to deal with the combination of flu season and Covid-19 later in the year.
Ms Wilson added that when a vaccine became available, the Government would source “the best candidate, regardless of what country it originates from”.
But she said the Government was not considering making vaccination mandatory for residents.
Ms Wilson said six visitors had tested positive for the coronavirus between July 1 and September 5.
Four tested positive on arrival at the airport and two tested positive on Day 4.
During that timespan, 15 residents tested positive on arrival at the airport, with one positive case on day four and a further positive on day eight.
• To view the full statements from the Premier and the Minister of Health, click on the PDF links under “Related Media”
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