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Seven new Covid-19 cases recorded as active cases rise

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Seven new cases of Covid-19 were recorded today as the number of active cases jumped to 33, the health ministry said last night.

The increase in cases came as another exposure at a school was announced at Paget Primary. This comes after exposures at primary schools Dellwood, Northlands and at Whitney Institute Middle School in the last week.

The ministry said five of the seven new cases, from 629 test results, were classified as local transmission with a known contact as they were associated with known cases. The other two new cases were for residents with no currently identified link to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.

There were four recoveries since Tuesday’s report. No one is in hospital.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 749 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 704 persons have recovered, and 12 persons have sadly succumbed to COVID-19.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is approaching one (1), and Bermuda’s current country status remains “Sporadic Cases”.

The Ministry of Health is advising those operating camps during Easter break to refer to the Camp Guidance at https://www.gov.bm/camp-guidance.

“Camp operators should register with the Ministry of Health and Department of Youth and Sport,” said Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health. “The camp guidance ensures that correct contact information is captured and records of attendance in case contact tracing is required.

“It is important that camp operators ensure the safety of children and the staff. As there will be mixing of school groups during this time, failure to abide by public health measures could have consequences for returning to school after the holiday. The Department of Youth & Sport and the Department of Health will visit all camps over the Easter Break.”

The Minister is also urging residents to be vigilant regarding the transmission of the coronavirus. Minister Wilson said: “With the recent surge of confirmed positive Covid cases on the island, we must do our part to reduce the risk of sustained community transmission that could overwhelm our healthcare system and halt our economic recovery.

“I strongly urge everyone to act responsibly and do what is right for our family and our community to avoid having the Government implement stricter measures.”

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Published March 18, 2021 at 8:37 am (Updated March 18, 2021 at 8:43 am)

Seven new Covid-19 cases recorded as active cases rise

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