Covid-19: five new cases recorded
Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said today five new cases of Covid-19 had been recorded.
The news came after Bermuda’s country status was earlier downgraded from “sporadic cases” to “clusters of cases“.
Two of the new cases came in from overseas and three were the result of on-island transmission.
There are now 27 cases, all monitored by public health officials but no one is in hospital.
Ms Wilson said: “It is extremely disappointing and, yes, unnerving that the number of positive cases continues to rise.”
She said 1,500 people had undergone testing in the last two days and additional tests will be conducted at pop-up testing stations over the weekend.
Ms Wilson said anyone who showed symptoms could contact their GP.
She added anyone who noticed that a co-worker had symptoms should speak up.
She said “pandemic fatigue“ had set in on the island, and the Government was considering revised Covid-19 restrictions.
Ms Wilson told the House of Assembly that visits to care homes have been restricted, along with some activities, to protect vulnerable seniors.
She said pre-arrival Covid testing must now be taken fewer than five days before departure instead of seven days.
Ms Wilson added that the use of electronic tags – required for residents who returned without a preflight test – will now come with a $30 charge.
She added the Government did not want to close businesses, implement curfews or shelter in place orders, but would take action if necessary.
Ms Wilson said: “The Government is aware of the need to find a balance between public health and economic health.”
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