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‘0.27% Of Arriving Passengers Tested Positive’

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“Since July, 24,000 passengers have arrived at the airport and only 66 of those 24,000 passengers tested positive for the coronavirus on or after arrival,” Premier David Burt said, adding that “that means just over one-quarter of one percent [0.27%] of arriving passengers were infected or became infected with the coronavirus.”

Speaking at last night’s [Nov 17] press briefing, Premier Burt said, “The airport reopened to scheduled commercial flights on 1 July, and the latest analysis considers data between 1 July and 12 November. The assessment provides an accurate picture of the number of cases, the source of the increase, and informs any changes in travel policies for the country.

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“Since July, 24,000 passengers have arrived at the airport and only 66 of those 24,000 passengers tested positive for the coronavirus on or after arrival; that means just over one quarter of one percent [0.27%] of arriving passengers were infected or became infected with the coronavirus. Just breaking that down on a month by month basis:

  • in July, the positivity rated was 0.36%;
  • in August, it fell to 0.17%;
  • in September, the positivity rate hit its lowest level measuring at 0.13%;
  • in October the positivity rate tripled the amount that it was in September measuring in at 0.39%;
  • And as of last Thursday, 12 November, the positivity rate for November was tracking at 0.38% – though that number would have come slightly as there has only been one positive case that have been reported in the last five days.

“While 66 infections is a large number for our small country, it is important to note that these are all imported cases – the 66 of them are all imported cases – and our stringent testing programme catches almost all cases.

“It is also important to note that the positivity rate that we observed in October is almost the same as what we observed in July. There were less cases as few people were travelling. However, the positivity rate of .36 in July is just a bit lower than the positivity rate of .39 in October.”

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