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A child who arrived last Wednesday from London has tested positive for Covid-19, it was announced last night.

The nine-year-old was said to be a resident who arrived on the British Airways flight.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the case had shown up among 1,117 test results that came back to health officials yesterday. The news brought the island's total confirmed cases of infection from the coronavirus to 181.

Ms Wilson said the latest case was “a close contact with a known case” and had been kept in quarantine since arrival.

The island has five active cases of the illness, all under public health monitoring. None are in hospital.

David Burt, the Premier, said that Cabinet had agreed, during its meeting yesterday, to accept a recommendation to kick-start the economy by allowing licensed premises to open until 2am.

They will be allowed to extend from the midnight closure time to the new time, from this weekend. Mr Burt said the Government was taking it “one step at a time”.

He added: “It's a gradual move. It's something I had pledged to do a couple of weeks ago.”

Mr Burt added: “But we have had a couple of weeks of hurricanes where the attention of the Government has been diverted.”

Mr Burt highlighted an increase in Covid-19 cases around the world, including Britain.

He said: “We are seeing what is possibly a second wave.”

Mr Burt further explained that, given that Bermuda residents travelled often — for pleasure as well as work — the public would need to be even “more vigilant and more aware” in the winter.

Mr Burt said: “As we have seen, cases are increasing in other places around the world and we are seeing an increase in visitors coming to the island who are infected.”

He added cruise ships would not dock in Bermuda until the possible resumption in April of next year — although the timing was subject to change.

The Premier also praised the Parliamentary Registrar for handling four days of advance polling.

He said the public could feel confident that the October 1 General Election would be conducted safely.

Mr Burt added the island had weathered the threat of Hurricane Teddy, but said he was disappointed by online videos of children playing close to hazardous surf whipped up by the storm.

The Premier also thanked the “courageous and selfless” Emergency Measures Organisation workers and frontline emergency personnel who had protected the island over the hurricane.

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Published September 23, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated September 23, 2020 at 2:26 pm)

Child, 9, becomes youngest to contract Covid-19

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