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Covid-19: only two new infections logged

The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the Covid-19 virus (File photograph)

Just two more coronavirus cases were recorded yesterday.

The infections were among 992 test results that came back to health officials – a positivity rate of 0.2 per cent.

Both were classed as on-island transmissions with known contacts.

The island’s death toll remains at 30 and 33 people have recovered from the illness since the last update.

The island now has 309 active cases, with 297 being monitored by health officials.

A total of 12 people are in hospital, two of them in intensive care.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said she had received “numerous questions” on the vaccination of children.

She added: “There is concern that AstraZeneca is not currently approved for those under the age of 18 and Bermuda will administer the last first doses of Pfizer vaccines on June 8.

“To be clear, Bermuda can still receive supplies of the Pfizer vaccine from the UK, if we require more.”

Ms Wilson appealed to parents to register 12- to 15-year-olds for vaccination so the Government could gauge interest.

She said, as schools will reopen on Monday, anyone involved in education should get tested tomorrow – parents, as well as staff and pupils.

Ms Wilson added: “Everyone needs to know their status so that we do not reintroduce the virus back into our schools.”

Mobile vaccination will be available tomorrow at the National Sports Centre in Devonshire from 10am to 2pm.

Doctors will be present to answer questions.

The next update on the virus will be delivered on Monday.

There have been 2,434 coronavirus cases since the pandemic hit last March.

A total of 1,829 cases were on-island transmissions and 294 came in from overseas.

The number of on-island transmissions with known contact is 1,481, 348 have unknown contacts and 311 are under investigation.

Information on age distribution can be found here.

Health officials said transmission categories may change as investigations are concluded.

The seven-day average of the real-time reproduction number is 0.54.

Bermuda’s country status remained “community transmission”.

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Published May 08, 2021 at 8:05 am (Updated May 08, 2021 at 8:05 am)

Covid-19: only two new infections logged

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