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Two new cases of Covid-19 have bee confirmed.
Residents visit a Covid-19 testing station in Dockyard (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Another two coronavirus cases were announced this afternoon while the number of active cases dropped to 149, the lowest number since December 12.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, appealed to people to obey curfew restrictions tonight in order to avoid a further spike in cases.

The Ministry of Health said the two new cases were identified among 942 results received since yesterday afternoon.

One of the new cases is classified as local transmission with known contact, while the second is under investigation as the patient – a Bermuda resident – has no known links to other cases or recent history of travel.

A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said another 15 people have recovered.

Bermuda now has 604 total confirmed positive cases, including 149 active cases.

Of the active cases, 145 are under public health monitoring and four are hospitalised with no patients in critical care.

A total of 445 patients have now recovered, while the total number of deaths remains at ten.

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 years, while the mean age of currently active cases is 39 years.

The youngest ongoing case is under the age of five, while the oldest is over the age of 80.

Of the island’s 604 total cases 157 are imported, 338 were the result of local transmission with a known contact and 27 are the result of local transmission from an unknown contact.

The remaining 82 cases are still under investigation.

The spokeswoman added: “As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

“Today’s update has three cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with known contact/source.

“The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 – 0.57 – and Bermuda’s current country status is ’Clusters of Cases’.”

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, reiterated that tonight’s curfew is still 11pm to 5am.

She added: “’Sleepovers' at households other than your own are strongly discouraged.

“The objective of the curfew restriction is to minimise the mixing of households, especially if there is a risk of Covid-19 transmission due to recent travel or the ongoing outbreak.

“Please, Bermuda, celebrate safely this year. A safer end to 2020, helps ensure a safer start to 2021."

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Published December 31, 2020 at 1:35 pm (Updated January 01, 2021 at 5:51 pm)

Covid-19: Two cases confirmed, active cases drop

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