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The vaccination programme at the Open Door Christian Assembly in St David’s (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Just two new cases of Covid-19 were recorded today and the number of active cases fell to 136, the health minister announced last night.

Kim Wilson said there were still nine people in hospital, two of them in intensive care.

She added the island’s positivity rate was 0.2 per cent and the real time reproduction rate was less than 1.

Bermuda’s country status remained at “community transmission”.

The number of active cases is the lowest since March 23, when there were 113.

Ms Wilson said 48 per cent of the population of 64,500 had full immunisation and another six per cent had had one dose of the vaccine.

It was revealed that:

· 73 per cent of those aged 80 or older were now fully vaccinated and a further seven per cent had had one dose

· 69 per cent of 65- to 79-year-olds had full vaccination and six per cent had had one dose

· 61 per cent of 50- to 64-year-olds had been given both jabs and seven per cent had had one dose and

· 34 per cent of 16- to 49-year-olds were fully vaccinated and seven per cent had had one dose.

David Burt, the Premier, predicted that 50 per cent of the population would have full vaccination this week.

Ms Wilson added: “We continue to see our numbers getting better. Our number of active cases is falling, and our recoveries are increasing. This is all good news.

“But we must continue to take this pandemic seriously. We are still in community transmission with 136 active cases, compared with 8 active cases just three months ago.

“There is still a high risk in our community that people can contract the virus.”

She said: “We are trying to prevent new outbreaks, and I remain concerned that if we have social gatherings and events and mixing of households, we will have more cases.

“So, gatherings and mixing of households should be minimal, if they happen at all.

“Similarly, while working from home is no longer mandatory, we strongly recommend that those who are able, continue to do so.”

Ms Wilson also revealed that people who wanted to be vaccinated after travel could now get the jab after they got a clear Day 4 test, instead of having to wait for a day 14 clear result.

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Published May 19, 2021 at 8:13 am (Updated May 19, 2021 at 10:56 am)

Covid-19: Active cases fall to 136

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