The timeline below provides a brief visual overview some of the developments in both Bermuda and around the world, beginning with the detection of a pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, China. It is in no way indicative of all developments, and is a work in progress, and will be updated as time passes. For ease of reading, it is colour coded – international updates are in blue, and Bermuda-specific updates are in pink. You can also see a global timeline, which updates daily here. For a look at the same timeline providing entries in the opposite course of time – showing the latest entries first – click here.
Government instated a “travel ban disallowing entry to visitors travelling from the four countries where there is sustained community spread of COVID-19: China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea: Daegu or Cheongdo.”
Canada announce plans to close the border to noncitizens, as the country’s number of confirmed cases rose to over 300. The border restrictions include some exceptions, including for U.S. citizens and air crews.
Government notes that individuals, including guest workers, arriving into Bermuda are required to self-quarantine for 14 days and “any guest worker found to be violating the self-quarantine order will immediately have their work permit revoked.”
Following the first two confirmed cases in Bermuda, major closures are announced, with Government stating that the airport will close for incoming passenger flights for two weeks, schools will close, and public bus and ferry services are suspended.
The U.S. State Department raised the global travel advisory to the highest tier – Level 4: Do Not Travel – and advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel, adding that U.S. citizens should arrange for immediate return to the United States.
Premier Burt announced that Bermuda now has six confirmed cases. The four additional cases were a close family contact of a passenger on the BA flight on March 8th, a person who arrived via BA on March 17th, and two people who arrived via a private jet.
The Government’s Quarantine Order mandates that all persons entering Bermuda from April 3rd will “be placed in quarantine for a period not exceeding 14 days, at a place approved by the Quarantine Authority for the purpose.”
The Bermuda Ministry of Health release guidance, advising the “use of simple cloth face coverings to slow of the spread the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”
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