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Health officials recorded 17 new coronavirus infections today.

The positives were among 3,423 test results that came back to health officials yesterday - a positivity rate of 0.5 per cent.

Nine cases are under investigation because they were among people with no identified link to other cases or history of recent travel.

The number of new cases classed as on-island transmissions with known contacts was five.

Three of the cases came in from overseas.

One was a visitor who arrived on the Jet Blue flight from Boston on May 8 and tested positive on arrival.

The second was a resident arrived on the BA flight from London on May 4 who tested positive on Day 4.

The last was a resident who arrived on the JetBlue flight from New York on April 30 and tested positive on Day 8.

Health officials said that there were 75 recoveries and one death over the weekend.

The latest results covered tests carried out last Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

There were five positives out of 1,263 results on Thursday - a 0.4 per cent positivity rate.

Friday saw three infections out of 1,218 tests, a 0.2 per cent positivity rate.

There were nine infections detected in 942 results on Saturday, a one per cent positive rate.

Health officials said there were 250 active infections - 236 of them being monitored by health officials.

There are 14 people in hospital, two of them in intensive care.

The seven day average of the real-time reproduction rate is 0.54 and the country status remained at “community transmission.”

A “Close to Home” mobile vaccination clinic will run at the Shelly Bay MarketPlace tomorrow from 10am until 2pm.

Another will be held on Thursday at TN Tatem Middle School over the same hours.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, reminded the public that the stocks of Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine on the island would expire at the end of June.

She said: For Pfizer, which requires three weeks between doses, we anticipate the last first dose will be administered on June 8.

“For AstraZeneca, the period between doses can be as great as 12 weeks, so we will continue to administer that vaccine until June 30 and administer the second dose when we receive our next Covax delivery.”

Ms Wilson added: “We can vaccinate anyone who wants to get vaccinated and we have plenty of supply to reach community protection.”

She said: “There is concern from parents and guardians that Astra Zeneca is not currently approved for those under the age of 18.

“Bermuda can still receive supplies of the Pfizer vaccine from the UK if we require more.

“At this time, we encourage parents and guardians to register their 12 to 15-year-old children to be vaccinated so that the Bermuda Government can appropriately gauge interest and assess whether additional supplies of Pfizer are needed.”

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Published May 11, 2021 at 8:15 am (Updated May 12, 2021 at 8:01 am)

Covid-19: 17 new cases recorded

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