Three more deaths from Covid-19
Three more people have died from Covid-19 – the largest number of deaths reported on a single day.
The grim news brought the death toll to 27.
Kim Wilson, the health minister, said last night: “Today, I am sad to report three Covid-related deaths.
“My heartfelt sympathy goes out to their family and loved ones.
“Reporting one death is sad, but reporting three deaths at one time is truly upsetting and a disturbing reminder of how serious the coronavirus is.”
A total of 37 people have recovered from infection since Wednesday and the number of active cases is 550 - down 29 from Wednesday and well down on the peak of 904 recorded last Monday.
There are 27 people in hospital - with seven of them in intensive care.
Of those in hospital, four are 80 or over, 11 are in the 60 to 79 age group, 11 are between 40 and 59 and one is aged between 20 and 29.
Of the 27 people who have died from Covid-19, 13 were 80 or older, ten were between 60 and 79 and four were between 40 and 59.
Ms Wilson said another eight cases were recorded out of 1,274 test results that came back to health officials today - a test positivity rate of 0.6 per cent.
A total of 37 people have recovered from infection since yesterday and the number of active cases is 550 - down 29 from yesterday.
A total of 27 people are in hospital - seven of them in intensive care.
A health ministry spokeswoman said two of the new cases came in from overseas – one a resident who arrived on the Jet Blue flight from New York on Tuesday and tested positive on arrival.
Another resident who arrived on a Delta flight from Atlanta on April 19 tested positive on their Day 8 test.
Three of the new cases were classed as on-island transmissions with known contacts.
The remaining three cases were classed as under investigation and are among residents with no identified link to other cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.
Bermuda needs to keep the number of daily cases under investigation below an average of seven for a period of 14 days in order to move to Phase Two of the recovery road map on May 9.
Ms Wilson repeated the appeal for as many people as possible to get vaccinated.
She told the public last night: “If you are putting off getting the vaccine, please don’t delay much longer.
“We are seeing younger people seriously ill and being hospitalised from Covid-19.”
She added: “Please remember that the ministry of health is still vaccinating close to home.
“This is convenient for people who have not yet registered for the Covid-19 vaccine, do not have access to the internet and prefer to register in person, or simply have questions about the Covid-19 vaccine.”
She added that the department of health would have a vaccine ride-through, drive-through, and walk-through site at the Transport Control Department in Pembroke on from 10am until 2pm on Sunday.
Ms Wilson said: “Additionally, the Bermuda College vaccination centre will be open for walk-ins tomorrow (Friday) from 9am until 1pm.”
The Bermuda College vaccination centre is not open on weekends.
People who want a weekend appointment should register on the gov.bm website, call the Covid-19 helpline on 444-2498, or attend this weekend’s clinic at TCD.
Ms Wilson told the public: “I encourage all eligible residents to please speak to your doctor so that you can make an informed decision about the Covid-19 vaccine which has proven effective in preventing serious illness and death if you contract the coronavirus.”