Ministry Monitoring Coronavirus Developments

January 22, 2020 | 5 Comments

The current threat to Bermuda residents of the new coronavirus identified in China is low, according to Government, with the Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit [ESU] continuing to monitor developments.

A Government spokesperson said, “A new coronavirus was identified in Wuhan, China and has swiftly spread to some neighboring countries, including Thailand, South Korea and most recently, Seattle, Washington in the United States.

“The Ministry of Health’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit [ESU] was made aware of the occurrence of cases of the newly identified virus in China approximately three weeks ago via direct communications from World Health Organization [WHO] and International Health Regulation National Focal Point in the UK.

“The ESU continues to monitor global developments through these sources as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] in the US.

“The current threat to Bermuda residents is low. However, due to the significant travel into and out of Bermuda, the ESU considers the Threat Level to the island to be ‘Guarded.’ The situation is quite dynamic and could raise the threat to “Elevated” in a short span of time.

“It is important to note that the risk of the new coronavirus is for those travelling to affected areas. Currently, only Wuhan, China is known to have ongoing spread of the infection.

“Bermuda’s routine public health surveillance activities have been increased through the well-established collaborations between the ESU and the hospital, physician offices, Customs and Immigration Departments.

“Enhanced monitoring of patients presenting with respiratory illnesses will continue, guided by recommendations from WHO, and our regional authorities, Pan American Health Organization [PAHO] and Caribbean Public Health Agency [CARPHA].”

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  1. sage says:

    Let’s hope this does not reach our shores. Recently Trump tried to take credit for a large drop in cancer cases in the US, what are the numbers looking like in Bermuda where people say the incidence of cancer have been unusually high? We have a tumor registry, with at least one full time employee, does the public not deserve to have knowledge gained through this and other monitoring about what is actually going on to be shared with us? Just asking.

  2. Pure Madness!!!! says:

    Good day, What is coronavirus?? And how is it tranmitted….

    • bluenose says:

      You could try Google.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Caused by drinking too much Corona. Symptoms include slurred speech, instability on ones feet, occasional aggression, drowsiness and in extreme cases, vomiting.

  3. Truth is killin’ me... says:

    On a serious note. Is the isolation room or rooms for viruses such as the corona virus located at the the hospital or at another location?

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