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There are only two active cases of Covid-19 on the island and neither of the victims are in hospital, it was revealed this evening.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said neither were in hospital, but they were being monitored by public health officials.

She also announced 347 tests for the coronavirus had come in clear today.

Ms Wilson said she regretted that Halloween festivities this year would be shelved and that she did not want to be a “buzz killer”.

But she warned the public that house-to-house trick or treating, with people meeting revellers at their doors, was high-risk and activities that “you should definitely not do”.

Ms Wilson added the advice also included “crowded costume parties”.

Ms Wilson highlighted low-risk alternatives such as home movie nights, and moderate risk activities including “one way trick-or-treating with individually wrapped goody bags at the end of the driveway”.

David Burt, the Premier, discussed New York State, which included Bermuda on a list of countries where air arrivals would be required to quarantine.

Mr Burt said there were efforts under way to see “moderation” of the United States Centres for Disease Control advice.

He sounded an optimistic note on tourism and added that visitors ranked health and safety as their second favourite feature of the island — with beaches first.

Mr Burt added that 50 per cent of residents thought it “considerably risky” to reopen the island to commercial air travel in May — but that number had now dropped to 12 per cent.

He said that 97 per cent of tourists since the airport reopened felt Bermuda was “safe or completely safe”.

Mr Burt said that “tourism for the fall is looking far more attractive”.

But he warned: “Things will get worse in the Bermuda economy before they get better.”

He added: “There will be challenges inside of our economy. There are persons who are being laid off, and we do note there are persons being made redundant.”

He Burt pledged the Government would “work on the best ideas and accelerate our economic recovery”.

David Burt, the Premier, addresses a Covid-19 press conference (File photograph)

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Published October 06, 2020 at 6:25 pm (Updated October 07, 2020 at 12:25 am)

Covid 19: Island down to two cases

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