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Covid-19: three new cases recorded

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A total of three new coronavirus infections were recorded yesterday, the health ministry said last night.

One was a returned resident on the American Airlines flight from Miami last Tuesday and who tested positive on their Day 8 test.

The others were an on-island transmission with a known contact and one which is under investigation as it was a resident with no travel history in the last 14 days or known links to existing cases.

The infections were found in 552 test results that came back to health officials.

There are 31 active coronavirus cases and all are being monitored by public health officials.

None are in hospital and there have been no recoveries since the last update.

The news came as Kim Wilson, the health minister, announced that there had been 164 walk-ins for vaccination at the Bermuda College clinic yesterday.

Ms Wilson said: “That is fantastic news.”

She added the college clinic would take more walk-ins next Monday and Tuesday primarily “for those persons 65 years and older who are unable to register for the vaccination online”.

She added: “Please note that priority will be given to those 65 and older.”

Walk-in appointments are from 3pm to 6.45pm.

Ms Wilson said: “All Bermuda residents play a critical role in helping reduce the spread and impact of the coronavirus.

“Getting vaccinated is one of the single most important measures that individuals can take to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community.”

She added: “We are currently in Phase 2 of our vaccination programme.

“However, our priority is our seniors.”

Ms Wilson told the public: “If you are aged 65 or older and have not had the vaccine, please register or take advantage of our walk-in service at the Bermuda College.”

She said the Covid-19 vaccine was only available to Bermuda residents and that proof of ID and residency would be asked for.

Members of the public aged 50 or over can call Age Concern’s vaccination hotline for vaccine information and to register for an appointment.

They can also request free transport to and from their appointment if needed.

Transport will be provided by Project Action and will cover the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital as well as the college vaccination site.

The Age Concern hotline is at 238-7525 and is open between 2.00pm and 4.00pm from Monday to Friday.

Anyone with questions should visit the health ministry’s FAQ page, e-mail vaccine@gov.bm or call its Covid-19 vaccine hotline at 444-2498 and select option #2.

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Published March 13, 2021 at 8:34 am (Updated March 13, 2021 at 8:42 am)

Covid-19: three new cases recorded

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