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90 per cent of Covid-19 deaths are Black people, says CMO as infections fall

Ayoola Oyinloye, the Chief Medical Officer (File photograph)

Just three new cases of the coronavirus were logged yesterday.

The positive results were among 1,204 test results that came back to health officials – a positivity rate of 0.2 per cent.

The news came as Ayo Oyinloye, the chief medical officer, revealed 90 per cent of deaths linked to Covid-19 were among the Black population.

Dr Oyinloye said none of the fatalities had been fully immunised – but he revealed that one death was someone already sick with Covid-19 who should not have been given the second vaccine dose.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said that two of the new cases were classed as on-island transmissions with known contacts.

The other positive, a resident with no known contacts or recent travel history, is under investigation.

There were no fatalities and 46 people recovered in the wake of a record month in April for new cases and deaths.

There are 14 people in hospital, two of them in intensive care, and the number of active infections stands at 340.

A total of 326 people are being monitored by health officials.

There have been 2,432 recorded infections since the pandemic hit last March and the death toll is 30.

Ms Wilson said that a total of more than 60,000 doses of the vaccine had been administered by this week.

There were 58,193 doses given by last Saturday.

More than 25,200 people had been given both doses and were immunised – equivalent to 39 per cent of the population.

Ms Wilson said another 7,661 people – 12 per cent of the population – have had the first jab.

Ms Wilson warned that the stocks of the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines would hit their expiry date at the end of June.

She said that meant that the last first doses of the Pfizer vaccine would be administered on June 8, although the Astra Zeneca version could be used until the end of the month.

Ms Wilson emphasised there was enough vaccine in stock to immunise every adult in Bermuda.

Dr Oyinloye said the AstraZeneca vaccine was safe for people under the age of 30.

He added that Bermuda was likely to follow Canada’s example and start giving the two-shot Pfizer vaccine to children aged 12 and over.

The Pfizer jabs supplied by the UK are at present restricted by a memorandum of understanding to people aged 16 and over.

But Dr Oyinloye said the island was in the process of renegotiation of the arrangement.

David Burt, the Premier, admitted there had been “maybe a 35 per cent drop-off” in the number of people getting the vaccine.

But he said: “We are going to continue to do the work – 3,000 doses a week is a significant amount”.

Mr Burt added the island might hit immunisation of 70 per cent of the population – the gold standard “herd immunity” – in June rather than at the end of this month as had been hoped.

But he added: “What’s important to note is the vast majority of persons who are eligible have elected to get protection.”

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Published May 07, 2021 at 7:59 am (Updated May 07, 2021 at 8:15 am)

90 per cent of Covid-19 deaths are Black people, says CMO as infections fall

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