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Three more Covid-related deaths but new cases fall to just 12

Three more deaths from Covid-19 were announced last night, raising the death toll from the virus to 95.

But active cases have dropped to 474 from the 658 at the last update. It brings case numbers below the 537 recorded for September 5, early in the current fourth wave of coronavirus.

Minister of Health Kim Wilson said: "Sadly, since our last update, Bermuda experienced three more coronavirus-related deaths.

"My sincere condolences go out to the families and friends grieving the loss of a loved one today.”

The latest update showed that there were just 12 positive cases out of the 3,149 latest test results, giving a test positivity rate of just 0.4 per cent.

One new case comes from overseas while the rest are local transmission or under investigation. There have been 193 recoveries since Monday.

The number of hospital patients remains at 37, but there are now eight people in intensive care, down from nine on Monday.

Six people were admitted to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in the last three days and five patients returned home.

Overall in the pandemic, the island has now logged 5,548 cases of the virus.

The are 332 cases under investigation at present.

Of the people testing positive after travel, 89 per cent were fully vaccinated.

But in keeping with trends, 73 per cent of the local cases, or in those whose cases are under investigation, were found in the unvaccinated.

Information on age distributions and overall transmission categories is available online here.

A spokeswoman for the health ministry said: “The seven-day average of our real-time reproduction number is 0.50. Bermuda's current country status is clusters of cases.

“However, local data continues to indicate that Bermuda meets the criteria for community transmission.

“Community transmission is characterised by an increased incidence of locally acquired, widely dispersed cases, with many cases not linked to specific clusters.”

This story was amended at 8.48am on October 14 to show that the number of active cases is 474, not 437 as originally reported. The 437 figure referred to non-hospitalised active cases.

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Published October 14, 2021 at 8:03 am (Updated October 14, 2021 at 8:48 am)

Three more Covid-related deaths but new cases fall to just 12

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