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Five new cases of Covid-19 were recorded today and the number of active cases rose to 94. Twelve people have now died of the coronavirus.

A total of five new cases of the coronavirus were announced last night.

The positives were among 896 tests that came back to health officials today.

The news meant the number of active cases has risen by three to 94.

One of the new cases came in from overseas – a resident who arrived on Tuesday’s BA flight from London and who tested positive on arrival.

The remaining four cases were classified as on-island transmission with known contacts.

There have been two recoveries from infection since yesterday’s update.

A total of 88 of the active cases are being monitored by health officials and six are in hospital, although none are in critical care.

Bermuda has recorded 646 cases of Covid-19 and 540 people have recovered.

The death toll remains at 12.

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

A health ministry spokeswoman said that transmission categories may change as a result of investigations.

Today’s update had seven cases moved from under investigation to on-island transmissions with an unknown source.

The seven-day average of the real time reproduction number is 0.60 and Bermuda’s country status remained at “clusters of cases”.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said that anyone concerned they may have the virus should seek medical advice.

She told the public: “It is important that if you begin to exhibit or feel some or any symptoms of having Covid-19 – fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, headache, congestion or runny nose, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat – you should contact your doctor in the first instance, and have your symptoms assessed.

“Your doctor can assist with next steps, which, depending on the outcome of the assessment, may involve booking you in for a Covid-19 test at their office or at one of the Government’s testing sites.”

She added that if anyone had contracted Covid-19, they should stay in touch with their doctors so that “decisions can be taken about your care”.

The Ministry of Health will give a presentation on vaccine awareness today.

The programme will air on Government’s Facebook page and CITV at 6pm.

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Published January 09, 2021 at 10:46 am (Updated January 09, 2021 at 10:44 am)

Covid-19: Five more cases recorded

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