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Covid-19: British Airways crew member among 11 new cases

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11 positive cases of coronavirus were reported on Tuesday December 15, 2020. There were 208 active cases.

A crew member from a British Airways flight was among 11 new cases of Covid-19 reported last night by the Ministry of Health.

The BA crew member was one of three cases that came in from overseas.

The other two were residents, one of whom arrived on Sunday on the BA flight from London, with a negative pretest.

The other arrived on Sunday from Atlanta, with no pretest.

All three were found to be positive for the virus on their arrival.

A health ministry spokeswoman said all BA crew were tested on arrival because they overnight on the island.

The positive cases came in 1,043 results that came back to health officials since the last update.

Three other cases were classified as on-island transmission with known contacts.

The rest of the cases were among residents with no travel history or known links, and are under investigation.

The latest figures brought the island’s total confirmed positive cases to 467.

There are 208 active cases, with 206 monitored by health officials.

Two are in hospital - one in intensive care.

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 44 and the age range is from infant to 101.

A total of 266 cases are classed as on-island transmission with known contacts and 137 came in from overseas.

There are 21 cases classed as on-island transmission with unknown contacts, and 64 cases are under investigation.

The seven-day average of the real-time reproduction number is 1.96 and Bermuda’s country status remains at “clusters of cases”.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said there was confusion over quarantine procedure.

She said: “Persons who test positive, live with someone who tested positive, or who were identified as being in close contact with a positive case, must quarantine at home for 14 days.”

Anyone living with someone who is a close contact with a positive case must quarantine for 14 days if they cannot safely separate at home.

People must also quarantine if a person at their job or school has tested positive and they have been identified as a close contact.

Travellers are required to quarantine for 14 days if they have no pre-arrival test, or live with a traveller and cannot safely separate during the traveller’s quarantine.

Ms Wilson said: “Each situation is different and it is important, while you wait to receive guidance from the Ministry of Health’s ESU, that you quarantine to keep yourself and others safe.

“Please visit gov.bm for all official Covid-19 information.”

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Published December 16, 2020 at 8:11 am (Updated December 16, 2020 at 3:24 pm)

Covid-19: British Airways crew member among 11 new cases

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