With Cup Match and the increasingly popular Bacchanal Run, having taken place this weekend, we spoke with Armell Thomas with the Ministry of Health as to whether there were any concerns regarding a possible increase in the number of COVID infections in the coming weeks in light of the close proximity of individuals to each other during these two events.
Mr. Thomas indicated it is difficult to expect for individuals participating in such events to exercise social distancing or wear masks. As such, there is a risk of infection numbers going up. However, Mr. Thomas gave the assurance the various teams at the MoH have considered this possibility and are prepared for any like situations which may arise.
Last week the Ministry of Health released a statement to the public advising to use caution.
As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change. For age distributions and overall transmission categories, please refer to https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-covid19-update. The seven-day average of our real-time reproduction number is 0.43.
For information regarding other conditions being reported to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, please refer to https://www.gov.bm/health-information.
“Please remember that Covid-19 remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, which the World Health Organisation has reconfirmed”, said Acting Minister of Health, Hayward.
“Over the Cup Match weekend, please follow the following advice to reduce the possibility of getting infected with the coronavirus.
“Wash or sanitise your hands regularly. If possible, maintain physical distance from others, especially if they have cold-like symptoms. You should hold events outside or, if held inside, try to ensure it is a well-ventilated space. Please take an antigen test before going to Cup Match or any other event, especially if you have any symptoms (sore throat, body aches and headaches, and, also, blocked or runny nose, cough, hoarse voice, sneezing, fatigue and muscle aches).
“If you choose to do so, wear a quality, well-fitted mask for extra protection. Event organisers should have hand sanitiser available for patrons. Stay home if you test positive or if you have symptoms.
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