Coronavirus

Covid-19: No new cases today

  • Electron microscope image showing the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)

A total of 785 coronavirus test results came back clear today, the health ministry said tonight.

But a reminder was issued to people who were in close contact with those who have tested positive for the virus.

A ministry spokeswoman said: “The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit would like to remind the public that persons who are close contacts of Covid-19 positive persons have different quarantine requirements from travellers.

“Close contacts are considered persons who have been face-to-face within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. “If you are considered a close contact you will be instructed to quarantine for 14 days and test on day 14.”

She added: “Employers must not require employees to break quarantine to test before instructed by the Ministry of Health.

“Employers/businesses where a Covid-19 positive person may have been will also be instructed by Environmental Health how they must sanitise and/or close for cleaning.”

She added: “It should be noted that asking persons to test when it is not necessary may do more harm than good.

“We appreciate the community wants to protect each other and you can do that by complying with Ministry of Health guidance.”

Bermuda has had 168 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 151 people have recovered.

Eight cases are active but none are in hospital. Nine people with Covid-19 have died.

Two cases remained under investigation to determine the sources of transmission.

The island’s status remained at “sporadic cases”.