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Covid-19: one new case recorded as Bermuda nears top of vaccination chart

The coronavirus under a microscope (File photograph)

A single coronavirus case was recorded yesterday after 1,458 test results came back to health officials.

A health ministry spokeswoman said the new case was an on-island transmission with a known contact.

She added four people had recovered since the last update and four were still infected.

A total of three people are being monitored by health officials and one is in hospital, although not in intensive care.

The news came as Bermuda neared the top of a global table for vaccinations.

Our World in Data placed Bermuda 16th out of 93 countries for vaccinations administered.

Our World in Data, a scientific publication part of a charity based in the UK, said Bermuda ranked 16th out of 93 countries for vaccinations per head.

OWD added that the island had administered 15.6 doses per 100 people – a total of 10,000 – by last week.

Gibraltar topped the chart with 75 doses per 100 people.

Bermuda was listed as the fifth best among close to 65 counties in a report in The Times of London, in partnership with OWD.

The chart showed Bermuda has vaccinated 13.5 per cent of the population with a total of 10,000 doses.

A total of 8,400 of them were first shots.

Gibraltar topped the chart with 45.3 per cent of its population, followed by Israel on 43.5 per cent.

A total of 175.56 million doses have been administered world wide.

The latest Government statistics meant the island’s total number of cases since the pandemic hit last March is 695.

The death toll is twelve and 679 people have recovered.

The average age of confirmed cases is 43 with an age range from less than one to more than 100.

The average age for fatalities is 75 years with an age range from less than 60 to more than 80.

A total of 493 cases were on-island transmissions, 402 with a known contact and 91 with an unknown source.

The number of cases that came in from overseas is 201.

One case is still under investigation.

The spokeswoman said transmission categories may change as investigations continue.

More than 170,000 coronavirus tests have been carried out, with an average age of 43.

The age range is from less than one to more than 100.

The seven-day average of the real-time reproduction number is less than one and Bermuda’s country status remains at “sporadic cases”.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said that the Bermuda College vaccination centre opened today after the Prospect clinic at the Police Recreation Club closed at the weekend.

Ms Wilson told the public: “If you are eligible for the Covid vaccination, please register your interest so that you can get an appointment.”

She added: “If sufficient people in the Island are vaccinated, the virus is less able to spread as the number of susceptible people is low.

“This means that you are able to not only protect yourself but also help protect the people you interact with, especially those in higher risk groups who are at an increased risk for severe illness from Covid-19.”

Ms Wilson said: “Those individuals in higher-risk groups include the elderly and those who are extremely clinically vulnerable.”

She added that anyone concerned about their health status should talk to their family doctor.

To register for the vaccine, visit https://forms.gov.bm/covidvaccine.

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Published February 16, 2021 at 8:13 am (Updated February 16, 2021 at 8:13 am)

Covid-19: one new case recorded as Bermuda nears top of vaccination chart

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