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Covid-19: 14 new cases recorded

The Ministry of Health tonight confirmed another 14 new cases of Covid-19 from the long weekend’s test results.

A spokeswoman said the new cases were among 2,805 test results that came back to health officials.

A total of six of the cases came in from overseas – five of them linked to travel from the UK.

The imported cases included:

• A non-resident who arrived on the BA flight from London on December 13 who tested positive on their Day 14 test after they were quarantined as a contact of a case identified from the same flight

• A resident who arrived on BA on December 17 and tested positive on their Day 8 test

• A non-resident who arrived on BA on December 23 and tested positive on their Day 4 test

• A resident who arrived on Jet Blue from New York on December 26 and tested positive on arrival

• A resident and a non-resident who arrived on BA on December 27 and tested positive on arrival

The spokeswoman said five of the new cases were the result of on-island transmission from a known case and the remaining three are under investigation.

The spokeswoman said 27 infected people had recovered since the last update on Saturday.

Bermuda has had 595 total confirmed cases.

There are 164 active cases, with 159 monitored by public health officials.

There are five people in hospital, but none in critical care.

The mean age of all confirmed cases is 43 and the age range is from less than 1 to more than 100.

The mean age of the active cases is 38 and the age range is from less than 5 to more than 80.

The mean age of all hospitalised cases is 59 and the age range is from less than 40 to more than 80.

The seven-day average of the real time reproduction number is less than 1 – 0.53 – and Bermuda’s current country status is “clusters of cases”.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: "I want to issue a reminder to people who are scheduled for a Covid-19 test to please turn up at your scheduled appointment time.

“This will prevent gatherings of people waiting to receive a test and ensure a more orderly system of testing.

"Additionally, I wish to remind travellers that those returning to the island without a pre-arrival test will now have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet and pay a $300 fee."

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Published December 29, 2020 at 6:33 pm (Updated December 29, 2020 at 6:32 pm)

Covid-19: 14 new cases recorded

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