Covid-19: seven more deaths, 83 new infections
Seven more people have died from the coronavirus, which took the island’s Covid-19 death toll to 82.
The news came as the island logged 83 new cases from 5,798 test results that came back to health officials since the last update – a positivity rate of 1.4 per cent.
The figure was down on the 2.2 per cent reported last Friday.
There are 53 people in hospital, with ten in intensive care.
There were 58 in hospital last Friday.
Nine of the new cases came in from overseas, with the remainder classed as on-island transmissions or under investigation.
Active cases of the coronavirus dropped from 1,377 to 1,106.
The number of cases have gone down by more than a third since the island’s peak number of 1,612.
There have been 347 recoveries recorded since last Friday.
There were 14 admissions to hospital and 13 discharges.
Kim Wilson, the health minister, offered “sincere condolences to the families and friends who lost a loved one over this weekend”.
Health officials said 74 per cent of the on-island transmission or under investigation cases were among unvaccinated people.
The seven-day average of Bermuda’s real-time reproduction number is 0.65.
Ms Wilson said that vaccinated people headed to Britain no longer needed to quarantine in the UK and will not need a pre-departure test if they have proof of vaccination.
Ms Wilson said people who wanted a vaccination could make an appointment on gov.bm or walk into the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital vaccination clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 4pm and 7pm or on Saturdays, from 8am to 4pm.
She appealed to unvaccinated people to talk to their doctors and “make an informed decision”.
Vaccinated people who want to travel to the UK and who do not want to quarantine can request a proof of UK vaccination confirmation letter through the vaccine call centre at 444-2498 between 8am and 4pm or send an e-mail request to email@example.com.
All requests must be supported with Government-issued ID.