5 Months Since First Covid-19 Cases Confirmed

August 18, 2020

Today [August 18] marks five months since the first Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Bermuda on March 18, leading to an unprecedented time in the island’s history.

A state of emergency was declared in Bermuda – the first in some 40 years – and a raft of measures were taken to stop the spread of the coronavirus including social distancing, a curfew, staggered shopping days by last name, a three month closure of LF Wade International Airport to commercial passenger flights, and more.

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As of today, the island has seen 166 cases of Covid-19 in total, and sadly nine deaths resulting from the disease. The effects of the pandemic continue to be felt in Bermuda in the form of its economic impact, with thousands of people forced out of work when the island went into lockdown.

The island’s handling of the pandemic has been praised by many, and thus far, Bermuda has avoided the widespread community transmission which has affected other nations, with over 21 million cases confirmed worldwide and over 775,000 deaths to date.

Now, as people and businesses attempt to adjust to the “new normal” of life in the midst of a pandemic, mask wearing and some social distancing efforts continue to be observed as Bermuda, and the world, waits on the release of a safe vaccine to protect against the Covid-19.

For a look back at the details of the pandemic over the past five months, you can view the brief visual timeline overview here on Bernews dedicated Bermuda Covid-19 website, which highlights some of the developments in both Bermuda and around the world.

To view the timeline in static format, which is easier to read, click here, and a video pan is below:

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As the island and world deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, we are doing our best to provide timely and accurate information, and you can find more information on the links below.

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