Covid-19: two new cases
Two new coronavirus cases were confirmed today.
The Ministry of Health said that both are residents – one symptomatic and one asymptomatic – with no history of travel.
One of the positive cases has a close contact that is associated with a school who has now become symptomatic.
The two cases are under investigation by the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit. Case isolation and contact tracing is under way.
The workplace of the two cases has been notified and additional pre-emptive measures regarding the positive case with a close contact associated to a school are being evaluated.
Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, stressed the importance of continued vigilance and compliance with Covid-19 guidelines in the run-up to Christmas.
Ms Wilson said: "The surge of positive cases in other countries cannot be ignored and as a result, Bermuda’s mobile quarantine guidance is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
“As you’ve no doubt heard before, closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings should continue to be avoided and unnecessary travel is still strongly discouraged.
“However, festive celebrations will continue this year – but we must remain mindful that this year’s traditions will occur in the midst of a global pandemic.
“I urge all members of the public to continue to play their part by doing everything possible to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and safeguard those who are most vulnerable."
A ministry spokesman said that an increase in cases overseas and a recent increase in positive cases in Bermuda is “cause for concern”.
The spokesman urged the public to adhere to the Ministry of Health’s Covid-19 guidelines on mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing.
The ministry also reminded travellers – including returning students – that they are subject to mobile quarantine restrictions until they receive a negative day 14 test result.
All returned travellers should wear a mask when in the company of others, avoid indoor spaces and not attend large family gatherings.
Returned students should be careful about socialising with on-island students and family members before a negative day 14 test result is confirmed.
People who have to travel for business should take precautions after they return and meet family and friends.