Covid-19: No local transmission for two consecutive days
Bermuda has reported no locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 for a second day.
There were three imported cases found out of 966 test results, the Ministry of Health announced last night – all among residents returning from overseas.
One arrived last Thursday on the American Airlines flight from Miami, testing positive on day four.
The second arrived on Sunday from London on the British Airways flight and tested positive on arrival.
The third came from the Azores on Monday aboard flight S46227, also testing positive on arrival.
On Tuesday, five new cases were reported and all were for people who had recently travelled to the island, meaning there have been no cases caused by local transmission for two days.
Eight people were today reported to have recovered since the last update, and the island now has 86 active cases, down from 91, with 79 under public health monitoring.
Eight cases have recovered since the previous update.
Seven are in hospital with one in critical care.
The island’s total cases are at 664, with 566 people recovered and a death toll of 12.
Of the total cases, 182 are imported and 452 are locally transmitted.
There are 385 locally transmitted cases with known sources, 67 with unknown sources and 30 under investigation.
Seven cases have moved from being under investigation to local transmission with an unknown source.
The seven-day average of the real time reproduction number is 0.61 and Bermuda’s current country status remains “clusters of cases”.
The Bermuda Tourism Authority is running a free webinar tomorrow from 3.30pm to 4.45 to help residents get coronavirus tests before returning home from the United States.
Carika Weldon will speak to the issue of Bermuda’s outbound passengers requiring a negative pre-travel test to return to Britain, Canada and now the US.
Also yesterday, Government moved to quash rumours that the Covid-19 Vaccination Centre was accepting walk-ins.
A ministry spokeswoman said there were false social media posts claiming the centre in Devonshire was taking people without appointments.
She added: “This is absolutely not true. Vaccinations are being given in accordance with the ministry’s vaccine allocation strategy which has been shared with the media and posted online.
“Vaccinations are only given to residents who have a confirmed appointment and the Vaccination Centre is not open to walk-in traffic.”
The specialised centre opened this week after the Pfizer vaccine arrived on the island.
It is now taking priority groups such as frontline workers and seniors aged 80 and older, or who live in long-term care residences.
The Ministry of Health posted a form – forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine – on the Government website for members of the public interested in receiving the vaccine to register.
The ministry spokeswoman encouraged residents who have questions about whether or not they fall into a priority group to contact their physician.
She also asked the public not to register if they have received any other vaccination within the last month, have travelled and not yet received their Day 14 test, are receiving treatment for any medical conditions and have not yet talked to their doctor, or are in quarantine.
The spokeswoman added: “We would like to repeat that registering your interest does not guarantee you an appointment at this time.”
She said limited supplies would be given based on need, and submissions would be kept on file to be contacted as appointments become available.
A full list of priority groups can be found on the Government website.
Members of the public who fall into any of the priority groups and are interested in getting the vaccine as soon as possible should go to https://forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine
The health ministry also reported that double the number of phone lines were now running for the Covid-19 vaccination registration hotline after delays when it launched on Monday.
A government spokeswoman said there was “an abundance of calls” earlier as well as a problem with voicemail.
One man told The Royal Gazette on Monday that he had attempted to call the hotline 150 times with no luck.
The three original lines have since been doubled, and voicemail is now running.
The spokeswoman added that residents who would like to receive the Covid-19 vaccine are encouraged to register online.
• Registration forms are available for completion online athttps://forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine. The Covid-19 hotline number is 444-2498. Callers should select option 2 for vaccination registration.