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Covid-19: Seven new cases as active cases jump to 29

The number of active Covid-19 cases has risen to 29 after seven positive tests were recorded yesterday.

Four of the new cases were imported by residents who arrived on an American Airlines flight from Miami on Monday and tested positive on arrival.

One case is classified as local transmission with a known contact, and the other two are under investigation.

The results were among a batch of 652 tests received by the health department today.

Additionally, since yesterday’s update, there have been no recoveries.

All 29 carriers are under public health monitoring and none are in hospital.

The seven-day average of Bermuda’s real time reproduction number is below one, and the island’s current country status remains ’sporadic cases’.

The island has now recorded 731 total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the past year. Of those, 690 people have recovered, and 12 people have died.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, yesterday said that there was “a terrific turnout” from seniors who took advantage of a new ’walk-in’ service at the Bermuda College vaccination centre.

Ms Wilson said: “Close to 100 people walked in to get vaccinated. I strongly encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity tomorrow.

“I also want to remind students getting vaccinated for essential travel to return to school, that if they are under 18, they must attend with a parent or guardian to be able to consent for the vaccine.”

The Bermuda College vaccination centre is accepting walk-ins for people aged over 65 from 3pm to 6.45pm until next Tuesday, March 16.

Ms Wilson said: “The last walk-in vaccination on the weekdays will be at 6.45pm. Anyone at the vaccination centre after 6.45pm will be given an appointment for the next available opening on the schedule.

“This walk-in service is being piloted to get as many residents over the age of 65 vaccinated by removing the barrier of technology.

“We urge all persons who have not yet been vaccinated to take advantage of this opportunity. All you need to do is to bring a photo ID, such as a driver’s licence.”

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Published March 11, 2021 at 8:07 am (Updated March 11, 2021 at 8:07 am)

Covid-19: Seven new cases as active cases jump to 29

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