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Two people infected with the coronavirus have been detected, the Ministry of Health said yesterday.

The cases — both residents — were found as arrival screening was carried out on passengers from the Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta, the first scheduled commercial flight from the United States since March.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: “Although this is disappointing news, it is a testament to our stringent testing regime that we were able to identify these individuals early and move to quarantine all passengers with public health monitoring.

“Strict quarantine is essential in this case as the risk of exposure has been identified.”

Ms Wilson added: “Our main priority is ensuring that cases of Covid-19 are isolated from the community and that it does not spread to our domestic population.”

There were 47 passengers on the flight and all had travel authorisations. A total of 29 of them also had pre-departure tests, including 19 visitors.

All but three passengers were tested for Covid-19 upon arrival.

Two passengers did not require tests as they were aged under 10 and the other was a minor who will be quarantined instead of tested.

Residents are not required to have a pre-clearance test, but one who took a test in the US, which was clear, tested positive on arrival.

A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said that a total of 181 test results came back yesterday, with only the two passengers positive.

The new cases bring the total number of cases recorded in Bermuda to 148, of which 137 have recovered. A total of nine people have died.

The spokeswoman said the average age of all the confirmed positive cases was 60 and the age range was from 18 to 101.

The average age of the deaths was 74 and the age range was 57 to 91. Bermuda's country status remained “local transmission — sporadic cases”.

Ms Wilson said that the new cases highlighted the importance of mask use and social-distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

She said: “Covid-19 has not gone away — as today's two imported cases prove. Now is not the time to let our guard down.”

Graphic by Christina White
Graphic by Christina White

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Published July 08, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated July 08, 2020 at 9:01 am)

Two positive virus tests off Atlanta flight

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