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Covid-19: three more deaths but number of active infections falls

Three more deaths from Covid-19 have brought the island’s toll from the coronavirus to 92, it was revealed last night.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, added that there were 35 new cases out of 5,141 test results that came back to health officials since the last update.

The figures meant the test positivity rate has fallen to 0.7 per cent.

The number of active infections has dropped sharply by 154 to 658 from the 812 reported last Friday.

There are 37 people in the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, nine of them in intensive care.

Bermuda’s test positivity rate for coronavirus has fallen to 0.7 per cent.

Seven of the new cases came in from overseas and the other 28 were classed as on-island transmissions or as under investigation.

There have been 186 recoveries from the coronavirus since last Friday.

There were two new Covid-19 hospital admissions and four people have been discharged. For more Covid-19 data, click here

Of the latest imported cases, 90 per cent were in fully vaccinated people.

But 70 per cent of the on-island infections or those under investigation were detected in unvaccinated people.

The island’s total number of cases since the pandemic hit last March stands at 5,536.

Variant typing for the virus remains unavailable.

The seven-day average of the island’s real-time reproduction number for the virus was 0.53 and the country status remained at “clusters of cases”.

But health officials said that Bermuda continued to meet the criteria for community transmission.

A health department spokeswoman highlighted the vaccine booster programme for the immunosuppressed.

A clinic will be open at the KEMH between 8am and 8pm on Wednesday.

The spokeswoman said: “Residents who are immunosuppressed who received an e-mail for an appointment last week and did not attend KEMH on Sunday will be called by phone to schedule an appointment for Wednesday.

“The Ministry of Health is assisting this priority group with making their appointments.”

She added people with weakened immune systems who had not been given an appointment should contact the vaccine call centre at 444 2498.

Immunosuppressed people include those with blood cancers, advanced HIV/Aids, organ transplant or stem cell transplant recipients and other cancer patients.

The group also includes people with conditions that depress immunity like sickle cell disease or Down syndrome or have treatment with drugs that depress immunity, such as high dose steroids.

A second vaccination centre will also be launched on Wednesday at the National Sports Centre in Devonshire to accelerate the booster programme.

The dates and hours of operation for the next three weeks are noon to 6.30pm from October 13-15, October 19-22 and October 25-29.

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Published October 12, 2021 at 5:01 pm (Updated October 12, 2021 at 5:01 pm)

Covid-19: three more deaths but number of active infections falls

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