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Rest home shows three new cases of Covid-19

Three new cases of Covid-19 were discovered at a rest home, test results released last night revealed.

The health ministry said that “public health action” was under way to “contain and manage the situation” at the rest home.

The latest three cases — all from the same unnamed rest home — took the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 128.

The cases were among 349 test results that came back yesterday. All the others were clear. There were 38 active cases with four people in hospital, including two in critical care, and nine people have died.

A total of 81 people have recovered. The island's country status remained at “local transmission — cluster of cases”.

The latest update came as Kim Wilson, the health minister, decried incidents of public negligence within 24 hours of the country's departure from Phase 1.

She said: “Unfortunately, one day into Phase 2 of the country's reopening, we have heard of some unhelpful behaviours that will act against us in the fight against Covid-19.

“Anecdotally, it seems that there were a couple of Hamilton bars that opened last night where poor physical-distancing and poor use of masks was observed. This is highly disappointing.

“When I see people walking in town, I see excellent use of masks and physical-distancing. I see consistent respect for the rules we must all now live by.

“So it is disappointing that on the first night open, patrons of bars would disrespect the rules.

“I want to reiterate that any businesses which violate the rules this weekend will be issued a closure notice.”

Ms Wilson added: “I would like to remind the public that we must avoid close contact, avoid mixing households, practise good hand hygiene, stay six feet apart as much as possible, and wear masks consistently.

“Remember that close contact means people who are within six feet for 15 minutes or more.”

Ms Wilson warned: “Six feet is the distance that we know infectious respiratory droplets can travel. And 15 minutes means that you've been around them long enough so that you may have come into contact with some of those infectious droplets.

“So that's what we call a close contact. And close contacts may have never had actual physical contact with an infected person, but they're close enough so that they could be at risk for transmission.

“So I remind the public that to keep our numbers down, we must live by the new rules. Containment of Covid and getting through Phase 2 depends on it.”

Kim Wilson, the health minister (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published May 23, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated May 23, 2020 at 8:12 pm)

Rest home shows three new cases of Covid-19

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