Covid-19: Seven new cases as minister issues warning on quarantine dodgers
A warning to people tempted to breach strict quarantine regulations was issued by the health minister today.
Kim Wilson – speaking after two visitors from the US were fined after they broke isolation yesterday to go to a wedding – said: "Although it is disappointing that two of our visitors broke their quarantine requirements this weekend, I commend the outcome of today's court decision.
“The prosecution of these individuals demonstrates that Bermuda takes the protection of our borders and the health of our people extremely seriously.
“I greatly hope that further breaches will not occur and potential offenders are now dissuaded from such actions."
The two – who have tested clear so far – were fined $2,500 each in Magistrates’ Court this morning.
The news came after a total of seven new cases of the coronavirus were logged in the space of three days.
The confirmed cases were among 2561 test results that came back to health officials between last Friday and yesterday.
Four of the cases – one a visitor and three returned residents – came on the BA flight from London last Tuesday. All tested positive on their day four checkup.
One was a visitor from Boston who arrived on the JetBlue flight last Saturday.
Another came in on the American Airlines flight from Miami last Thursday.
One arrived on the BA flight from London last Tuesday who displayed symptoms of Covid-19, but tested clear on the arrival test and the day four test.
Isolation has been imposed and contact tracing has started for all the new cases.
The news meant the number of recorded cases has gone up to 206.
There are 21 active cases, all of whom came in from overseas, made up of 13 returned residents and eight visitors.
All the victims are being monitored by public health officials, but none are in hospital.
A total of 176 people have recovered from infection and the death toll linked to Covid-19 remains at nine.
The average age of confirmed cases is 54 and the age range is from seven to 91.
The average age for fatalities is 74 and the age range is from 57 to 91.
The average age of all deceased cases is 74 and the age range is 57 to 91 years.
A total of 95 of the cases came in from overseas and 90 were on-island transmissions with a known contact.
There are 21 cases of on-island transmissions with an unknown contact and none are under investigation.
Bermuda’s country status is “sporadic cases” and the seven-day average of the real time reproduction number is less than 1.
The health ministry also reminded the public that flu vaccinations are available all this month at the Hamilton Health Clinic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2pm until 4pm.
A spokeswoman said it will be a walk-in service, and not the drive through clinics used by Flu Express.
Clients will not be able to use the clinic's car park.
For more information call 278-6460.