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Covid-19 claims another life to rise island’s death toll to ten

The island’s Covid-19 death toll moved into double figures after a victim died today.

Health officials also announced that 20 new coronavirus infections had been logged.

The number of deaths related to coronavirus infection now stands at ten.

Kim Wilson, the health minister said: "It is with a heavy heart that I release today's Covid-19 statistics.

“The loss of another Bermudian's life to Covid-19 will come as devastating news to our entire community, and out hearts go out to the loved ones of the deceased during this extremely difficult time.”

Ms Wilson added: “Christmas is supposed to be an occasion for joy, for family and for hope – something which makes news of this loss all the more hard to bear."

Today's death – one of the people who had been in hospital earlier – was the first death linked to Covid-19 since May.

The 20 new cases were among 2,460 results delivered to health officials since the last update before Christmas.

The new cases included a resident who arrived on the BA flight from London on Wednesday.

Another was non-resident off the Delta flight from Atlanta on the same day.

One was a non-resident who arrived on the BA flight on December 17.

A total of 13 of the new cases were classed as on-island transmission with a known contact or linked to known cases or clusters.

The remaining four new cases, all among people with no known links to identified cases or recent overseas travel, are under investigation.

A total of 56 people have recovered from infection since the pre-Christmas update.

Bermuda now has a total of 581 cases.

There are 177 active cases, with 172 of them being monitored by health officials.

Five are in hospital, but none are in critical care.

The number of people who have recovered from infection stands at 394.

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 – median age 40, and the age range is from less than 1 year old to more than 100.

The mean age of active cases is 39 years with a median age of 36.

The age range is from less than 5 to more than 80.

The mean age of all cases in hospital is 59, with a median age of 54

The mean age for fatalities is 75 years, with a median age of 77 years, and the age range is less than 60 years to aged over 80.

There are 348 cases classed as local transmission, 322 of them with a known contact and 26 with no known contact, with 151 cases from overseas.

A total of 82 cases are under investigation.

Health officials said the categories may change depending on the result of investigations.

The update today moved two cases from under investigation to on-island transmission with a known contact. and four cases changed from under investigation to on-island transmission with an unknown contact.

The seven-day average of the real-time reproduction number is 0.56 and Bermuda’s country status remained at “clusters of cases”.

Ms Wilson said: "I am urging the entire island to please not underestimate the ferocity of this virus. It doesn't care who you are – young, old, black, white, rich, or poor.

“All of us should see this virus for the threat that it is and act to protect ourselves and our community.

She told the public: “Do not think that because you are young, you are invincible – you are not.

“Do not gather in groups greater than ten, do not visit vulnerable persons outside of your household – particularly if you have recently returned from travel abroad.”

Ms Wilson added that people should continue to wear masks when spending time with anyone outside their own household and stick to social distancing and the 11pm curfew.

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Published December 26, 2020 at 6:29 pm (Updated December 26, 2020 at 9:04 pm)

Covid-19 claims another life to rise island’s death toll to ten

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