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Covid-19: 18 new cases as rules breaches condemned

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The health minister tonight condemned “disturbing” breaches of coronavirus rules as another 18 cases of the virus were reported on Saturday.

A total of seven came in from overseas and seven were the result of on-island transmissions with a known contact.

The sources of the other four cases is under investigation.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said: “We have been made aware of some disturbing social activities over the New Year’s holiday that saw a significant number of individuals at a location who were not engaging in safe practices.

“Reckless behaviour such as this is unfortunate, and we understand that the Bermuda Police Service is investigating the incident.

“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of making sensible and responsible decisions.”

The fresh cases were among 1,925 test results that came back to health officials since Thursday.

The overseas cases include three residents who flew to Bermuda from London on the December 23 British Airways flight and tested positive on their Day 8 test.

One case arrived on a flight from Boston on December 26 and another arrived on a private jet on December 27.

The other two positive cases were residents who arrived on the December 30 British Airways flight.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said: “Since the last update, 33 cases have recovered.

“Bermuda now has 622 total confirmed positive cases.”

The island has 134 active cases, with 131 patients under public health monitoring and three in hospital – but none in critical care.

A total of 478 patients have recovered and ten have died.

The average age of cases is 43 and the average age of active cases is 41, with the youngest patient aged under five and the oldest over 80.

The spokeswoman said: “Today’s update has one case moving from under investigation to local transmission with unknown contact or source.

The seven-day average of the real time reproduction number is less than 1 – 0.59 – and Bermuda’s current country status is “clusters of cases“.

A total of 345 cases were on-island transmissions with a known contact and 28 were on-island transmissions with an unknown contact.

The other 85 cases are under investigation.

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Published January 04, 2021 at 8:05 am (Updated January 04, 2021 at 8:04 am)

Covid-19: 18 new cases as rules breaches condemned

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