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Two more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday.
Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

Two new cases of the coronavirus were identified in 560 test results received by the Ministry of Health yesterday.

One case was brought to Bermuda from overseas and the other was linked to a workplace cluster.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, asked employees and managers across the island to complete training online to help limit spread of the virus. There are now 26 active cases in Bermuda.

She said: "Given the increase in local cases, infection prevention and control is incredibly important.

“No matter where you work or which industry you work in, the risk of spreading infections in the workplace is ever-present.

“It’s important that everyone knows the risks, how to stay safe, and keep themselves and everyone around them healthy.

“This is why I am encouraging all employees and management to complete the Ministry of Health's infection control and prevention online training which covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for Covid-19 and similar type diseases.”

One of the new cases is a visitor who arrived on the island from Atlanta on November 23 and tested positive in their arrival test after a negative pre-departure test.

A Government spokeswoman said: “The additional case is classified as local transmission with known contact and is part of the workplace cluster.”

She added: “The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is estimated at 1.08 and Bermuda’s current country status is ’clusters of cases’ as there are currently linked cases – clusters – with no direct link to imported cases or travel.

“Investigations are ongoing.

“As of today, there are ten cases associated with the identified workplace cluster – seven from the workplace, including one under investigation, and three household contacts.”

Bermuda has had 241 total confirmed cases and 26 are active with none in hospital.

Nine people with Covid-19 have died and 206 people have recovered from the coronavirus.

Earlier today, CG Insurance (formerly Colonial) said it was closing its Reid Street office until the end of the week after an employee was in contact with a confirmed case.

It emerged last night that the youngest person to test positive was a baby under the age of one. The oldest was 101.

A total of 116 cases have been brought in from overseas and 102 were transmitted on the island with a known contact or source.

Another 21 cases were transmitted in Bermuda with an unknown contact or source and two are under investigation.

Ms Wilson added: "None of us can be complacent at this time.

“Without the precautions we all know – mask wearing, physical distancing and handwashing – one case can easily multiply and spread.

"What contact tracing has taught us about the current increase in positive cases is that we are not staying within a small, defined ‘bubble’ at all times.

“We need to work much harder to limit our interactions with family and friends.

“The ministry advises that you reduce your bubble sizes now – choose only one or two other households to socialise with for the next few weeks.

“It is particularly easy to be casual in the workplace, and relax around colleagues as you would around your family, and this cannot happen.

“We must stay vigilant."

· The infection control and prevention training can be found atgov.bm/infection-prevention-and-control-training.

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Published November 25, 2020 at 2:38 pm (Updated November 25, 2020 at 2:52 pm)

Covid-19: Two more cases confirmed

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