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Minister on Covid-19: Get tested, Bermuda

A total of three new cases of coronavirus have been detected – two classed as on-island transmissions with known contacts.

The third was a resident who flew home on the Air Canada flight last Friday from Toronto, and tested positive on the Day 4 test.

The news came as the health minister urged residents to take advantage of free tests for Covid-19.

The latest cases were among 769 tests that came back to health officials last night.

There have been five recoveries from infection since the last update.

The island has 84 active cases of Covid-19, with 77 under public health monitoring and seven in hospital – one in intensive care.

There are 38 cases of on-island transmissions with known contacts, and 70 with an unknown contact, while 26 are under investigation.

The latest cases brought Bermuda’s total number of infections to 667, with 571 people now recovered and a death toll of 12.

A total of 458 cases were on-island transmissions and 183 came in from overseas.

One case has moved from being under investigation to on-island transmission with a known contact, and three have gone from under investigation to on-island transmissions with unknown contacts.

The seven-day average of the real time reproduction number is 0.58 and Bermuda’s country status remained at “clusters of cases”.

The Ministry of Health said the public should use the free tests available by appointment only at locations across the island.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said last night: “If you haven’t already, get tested.”

She said test slots were available, but warned the ministry could not vaccinate people already infected, or quarantined as a close contact.

She added: “If you or your family falls into one of the priority categories for early vaccination, we encourage you to get tested.”

Pop-up testing is available, and can be booked here or by calling the hotline, 444-2498, between 9am and 9pm.

Anyone with symptoms should contact their doctor for symptomatic testing appointment slots.

For more information on the Covid-19 vaccination programme and the priority scheduling for the first vaccinations, visit here.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority’s free webinar on tests for Bermudian travellers returning home will run today from 3.30pm to 4.45pm.

Viewers can register here.

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Published January 15, 2021 at 8:44 am (Updated January 15, 2021 at 8:44 am)

Minister on Covid-19: Get tested, Bermuda

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