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Relief as ‘pending’ cases reduced to four

It was confirmed that seven of 11 coronavirus test results that were pending for several days were not cases of the virus, the Minister of Health said.

Kim Wilson added that the remaining four possible cases remained under investigation. The news came after the Ministry of Health received 518 test results yesterday and none were positive for the virus. A government spokeswoman said on Saturday that 11 test results were pending while cases were “investigated further to ensure correct public health action is taken”.

She added: “Out of an abundance of caution, the 11 individuals with pending results, are being treated as potential cases and are isolated with public health supervision.”

Ms Wilson said yesterday that the seven people who received the all-clear were notified and released from isolation and quarantine. She added: “I have to applaud the Public Health Emergency Response Team at the Ministry of Health together with the Bermuda Hospitals Board, who took immediate action to identify and isolate all persons immediately as soon as the potential cases became known.

“Not only is our testing regime exceedingly rigorous, but our ability to rapidly take public health action to isolate cases and prevent spread truly showed its muster with this near-miss incident.”

Ms Wilson explained: “I realise some persons may be wondering why these cases were held as pending for a few days.

“I can assure you that this is simply part of stringent protocols to control Covid-19. As part of routine quality-control measures, results are considered in terms of the present medical history and epidemiological pattern and, if there is any doubt, we isolate and retest.

“Our regime uses highly sensitive tests which can pick up transient positives in asymptomatic individuals.

“These may have a viral load that is sufficient to be detected but warrants further investigation.”

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published July 22, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated July 22, 2020 at 9:02 am)

Relief as ‘pending’ cases reduced to four

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