Bermuda going again into lockdown; premier has COVID

Bermuda going back into lockdown; premier has COVID

Bermuda’s health minister Kim Wilson and Premier David Burt hold a press conference over Zoom, along with a sign language interpreter. – Image: Bermuda GIS

Bermuda government officials announced Sunday that the country will go back into lockdown from Tuesday morning for at least seven days after 118 people tested positive over the weekend.

Bermuda’s premier David Burt revealed at a press briefing via Zoom on Sunday that he had tested positive for COVID and was isolating, while his family members, who have tested negative, were in quarantine. He said he had no symptoms as he had been vaccinated.

Among the latest cases, 20 were classified as local transmission, five were travellers who arrived on flights from the US, and another 93 were under investigation.

Bermuda has a similar-sized population to Cayman, with approximately 64,000 residents.

The premier said at the briefing that it was clear “the rate of spread is far more advanced than believed and the regulations put in place have…