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Pandemic causes drop in road crash injuries

A plunge in road traffic accident statistics coincided with the island’s Covid-19 lockdown, while accidents peaked in July, according to figures released by Bermuda Hospitals Board.

Hospital statistics for January through February showed 133 crash cases seen in July at the emergency departments at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Lamb Foggo Urgent Care Centre.

Two were admitted to intensive care, 18 to acute care and one was sent overseas for treatment. Four cases involved visitors.

In September, there were 128 cases overall, with 16 admitted to acute care wings, including one to intensive care and a 17-year-old to the children's ward. Two cases were tourists.

None required overseas care.

In April, at the height of lockdown, there were just 19 cases for the month, three of which were admitted to acute care, with none in intensive care.

The youngest was in May, when an 11-year-old was admitted for treatment.

For 2019, July was also the worst month for road accident cases admitted to hospital: there were 209 recorded, 19 of which were tourists.

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Published December 10, 2020 at 9:29 am (Updated December 10, 2020 at 9:28 am)

Pandemic causes drop in road crash injuries

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