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Covid-19: one new case recorded in Bermuda

A Covid 19 test station (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A new case of coronavirus infection in a resident with no recent travel history or known links to other cases was recorded yesterday.

It was the only positive out of 489 tests that came back to health officials.

Two people have recovered from the illness since the last update.

Bermuda has 28 active cases of Covid-19, with 25 monitored by public health staff.

Three are in hospital but none are in intensive care.

The island has recorded 690 coronavirus cases since the pandemic hit last March and there have been 12 deaths.

A total of 483 cases were on-island transmissions and 199 came in from overseas.

A total of 397 on-island cases had known contacts and 86 had unknown contacts. Eight cases are under investigation.

One case has moved from being under investigation to on-island transmission with a known contact.

The seven-day average of the real-time reproduction number is 0.18 and Bermuda’s country status remained “sporadic cases”.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the public should not go to a vaccination centre without an appointment.

Ms Wilson said the centre at Prospect in Devonshire had struggled with delays because of high levels of traffic.

She asked people to go to the staging area in the car park of the nearby Clyde Best Centre of Excellence and to arrive no more than ten minutes before their appointment.

Only one companion is allowed to go with a family member for vaccination.

Ms Wilson asked the public to read the “Covid-19 Vaccine Information and Consent Form” before they went to the centre.

The information can be found here.

She said anyone with a compromised immune system should speak to their family doctor before they go the vaccine.

She added that, if possible, people with weakened immunity should bring confirmation from their doctor that it is safe for them to get the jab.

The British Airways flight scheduled for tonight tonight has been delayed by 24 hours because of the storm passing near the island.

Ms Wilson said the Government would accept pre-arrival virus tests from passengers aboard the flight, despite the delay.

She added: “For those passengers needing a new test to depart the island to meet the UK’s 72 hour pretest requirement, we recommend seeking an expedited test at one of the private labs, Helix or C&S West Limited, as the Bermuda Government Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory test slots for tomorrow are already fully booked.”

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Published January 29, 2021 at 8:11 am (Updated January 29, 2021 at 8:11 am)

Covid-19: one new case recorded in Bermuda

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