Covid-19: Another case from UK brings total to nine in the past week
A new coronavirus case was found among 764 test results for the virus that came back to health officials today.
The case was a resident who flew back to Bermuda from London on October 22.
Kim Wilson, the health minister, said isolation and contact tracing had begun for the infected person, who tested positive on their day four test.
The latest result meant nine cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in the last week.
Ms Wilson said the island had ten active infections, all under public health monitoring and none in hospital.
She added: “Certainly the impact of the world having a second wave, and having more visitors to Bermuda, we would expect that to be reflected in our numbers.”
Ms Wilson said the Government was in the “final stages” of work on an outbreak management plan in the event of a spike in cases.
There have been 194 total confirmed cases since the pandemic hit the island earlier this year.
Ms Wilson highlighted the island’s improved Covid-19 status from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, which she said would help Bermuda’s bid to attract visitors while it maintained a strict test regime.
The status change exempted Bermuda from quarantine requirements in the State of New York.
David Burt, the Premier, discussed last weekends outbreak of violence, where two men were shot and wounded in Pembroke on Friday night, and a 27-year-old man, Daunte Woods, died after he was stabbed in the early hours of Sunday in Somerset.
Mr Burt offered his condolences to Mr Woods’ family and friends and said the gang violence reduction team had worked all weekend in both areas.
He added a meeting of the Governor’s Council would be held to discuss “matters related to police”.
Mr Burt said: “Economic inequality and inequality of opportunity are the root causes of violence, which is mostly confined to one segment of Bermuda – the black community.”
Mr Burt added a Bermudian consultancy, Innovation Unit, had been hired to help with a major revamp of the education system.
He said: “It is not something that is going to come from overseas. It is something born right here in Bermuda.”
Mr Burt praised members of the public who had signed up to join school consultation teams and said Diallo Rabain, the education minister, give an update tomorrow.
Mr Burt also talked about tourism, and the appointment last week of Wayne Caines, a Government MP, as chairman of the Bermuda Tourism Authority – and wished him “a very happy 50th birthday”.
He also praised Kim Swan, another Progressive Labour Party MP, for his agreement to join the BTA’s board.
Mr Burt said the OpenClear Covid-19 testing service in New York, set up in collaboration with the BTA, had started testing today.
He revealed that WeHealth Bermuda, an app designed to track and trace cases of Covid-19, will be launched as a pilot next week.
Mr Burt said the app may become a requirement for people attending “large events”/
He added the app met privacy law requirements to protect personal information.