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Another five coronavirus cases were confirmed last night – but the number of active infections dropped to 73.

A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said the new cases were among 1,029 test results received since yesterday.

Two of the cases came in from overseas – one a resident who arrived on the May 15 Delta flight from Atlanta on May 15 and the other a resident who arrived on a Jet Blue flight from Boston on the same day.

Both tested positive on the Day 4 test.

Two of the new infections were on-island transmissions with known contacts and the source of one is under investigation.

The spokeswoman added that 17 people had recovered from the virus since last night’s update.

A total of 69 cases are being monitored by public health officials and four people are in hospital – one in intensive care.

The seven-day average of the island’s real-time reproduction number is less than one, and the World Health Organisation country status remained at “community transmission”.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said the steady decline in active cases was a positive sign.

Ms Wilson added: “This is a result of people following our public health guidelines as well as more people getting vaccinated.”

“The vaccine has proven to be effective and as many people as possible should get vaccinated to reduce the risk of severe illness and death from Covid-19.”

She told the public: “The Covid-19 vaccination will help protect you, the loved ones around you, and the community generally by creating a dead end for virus transmission.”

The Ministry’s Close to Home mobile vaccination programme will be at the Transport Control Department in Pembroke between 10am and 2pm tomorrow.

The programme will resume next Tuesday at the Open Door Christian Fellowship in St David’s and move to Sandys Secondary School next Thursday and the National Sports Centre on May 29.

Ms Wilson said: “For those people who want to hear about the Covid-19 vaccine from a trusted source, we recommend the Close to Home programme as an ideal opportunity to learn more.”

She told the public: “There are doctors on site to answer any questions that you may have.

“You don't need an appointment. You can just show up and roll up your sleeve.”

A free minibus service will also be available to help people travel to and from vaccination sites.

Anyone interested should call 533-5903 between 10am and 1.30pm to book a ride.

The Ministry of Health spokeswoman added that the Covid-19 information line on 444-2498 will be open between 8am and 8pm every day from Monday.

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Published May 22, 2021 at 8:05 am (Updated May 22, 2021 at 8:05 am)

Five new coronavirus cases, but infections fall to 73

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