Customs officers walked off the job at LF Wade International Airport on Wednesday night (March 18) amid fears about COVID-19, which has officially made its way to Bermuda.

Premier David Burt confirmed the island’s first two cases have been diagnosed. Both passengers arrived here on commercial airline flights from the US and the UK.

National Security Minister Wayne Caines has stated that an inbound flight was on the tarmac when the Customs officers downed tools over “concerns around where the people come in at the Customs area”.

Senior staff from Customs and Immigration were brought in to plug the hole at the centre of the workers’ concerns and passengers were eventually able to disembark.

According to the Minister, they “will do the same tomorrow” with other staff to help.

The airport will be closed to inbound flights on Friday.