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Another British Government-organised air bridge flight touched down Friday night with a cargo of extra Covid-19 test kits and other medical supplies — as well as 97 Bermuda residents who were stranded in Britain.

John Rankin, the Governor, said “I am pleased that we continue to be able to deliver much needed supplies to support the island's medical services in tackling coronavirus.

“It is right that we support them as much as possible and I pay tribute to all the medical, nursing and other health staff who are working on the front line at this challenging time.”

Mr Rankin added: “I am also pleased that we have, once again, been able to help Bermudians get back home and I thank the members of the Royal Bermuda Regiment, the Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Team, airport staff, customs and immigration, medical staff and Bermuda Fire and Rescue who helped the passengers and made their arrival safe for all concerned.”

Mr Rankin said the flight, which also carried pharmaceuticals, “builds on the specialist advice and assistance that is provided to Bermuda by Public Health England”.

He added: “The flight is part of the UK's continuing support for Bermuda and its sister Overseas Territories, in line with wider efforts to ensure the safety and security of British citizens worldwide.”

All the passengers on the flight will have to go through the mandatory two-week quarantine at a government centre.

The aircraft, returned to Britain on Saturday, to take home about 70 people who are resident there.

Mercy flight: extra Covid-19 test kits and other medical supplies, as well as 97 Bermuda residents who were stranded in the UK, returned to Bermuda on Friday on a special British Airways flight. The flight returned to the UK on Saturday with 70 British people (Photograph courtesy of the Royal Bermuda Regiment)
Mercy flight: extra Covid-19 test kits and other medical supplies, as well as 97 Bermuda residents who were stranded in the UK, returned to Bermuda on Friday on a special British Airways flight. The flight returned to the UK on Saturday with 70 British people (Photograph courtesy of the Royal Bermuda Regiment)
John Rankin, the Governor (Photograph supplied)

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Published April 27, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated April 27, 2020 at 9:00 am)

More test kits and supplies come from UK

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