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Covid-19: Death toll rises to 12

Bermuda has recorded its 12th death from Covid-19, health officials said last night.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: “This loss is devastating.

“My heart is heavy with the news of another death due to Covid-19.

“I mourn with the family, friends and co-workers of this most recent victim. I am so sorry for this loss.”

Another five people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest 781 results to come back to officials, which took the number of active cases to 91.

A total of six people are in hospital, although none are in critical care.

One of the new cases is a resident who arrived on the BA flight from London on New Year’s Day and tested positive on their day four test.

The other four new cases were classified as on-island transmissions with a known contact.

Bermuda has logged 641 cases of the coronavirus since March last year.

A total of 538 people have recovered and 85 of the active cases are being monitored by public health officials.

Ms Wilson reminded residents of new safety restrictions, including a curfew from midnight until 5am. Businesses are required to close by 11pm.

The minister also urged people to get tested, pointing out that testing slots were available.

She said: “Please take advantage of the free Covid-19 testing that is offered by the Ministry of Health.

“We have testing slots available, so sign up and make sure you know your status.

“The Ministry of Health cannot vaccinate people who are already infected with Covid-19, or quarantined as a close contact.

If you or your family falls into one of the priority categories for early vaccination, we encourage you to get tested.”

“We have convenient Covid-19 pop-up testing at various locations around the island.”

Testing slots can be booked online at http://coronavirus.gov.bm or call the Covid-19 hotline at 444-2498 between 9am and 9pm.

The Ministry of Health will host a public awareness programme about the coronavirus vaccine this Saturday.

A health department spokeswoman said: “The ministry recognises that there are those in Bermuda who may have questions about the Covid-19 vaccine specifically, and vaccines in general.

“This programme will allow viewers to post their questions online to have them answered by medical professionals.”

The programme will be available on the Government’s Facebook page and CITV, starting at 6pm.

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Published January 08, 2021 at 8:40 am (Updated January 08, 2021 at 8:39 am)

Covid-19: Death toll rises to 12

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