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No Covid-19 deaths were recorded last night, health officials said.

The latest figures also showed the number of active cases of the coronavirus had dropped sharply.

There have been 143 recoveries, which brought the number of active infections down to 350.

It is the lowest number of active cases since September 2, when 343 people were infected. The current wave reached its peak on September 21, when there were 1,612 active

There were 19 new cases recorded from 3,564 tests carried out on Tuesday and Wednesday – a positivity rate of 0.5 per cent.

There are 35 people in hospital – a figure unchanged since Wednesday – with nine in intensive care.

Just one of the 19 new cases was classified as coming in from overseas.

The rest were said to be on-island transmissions or under investigation.

The majority of on-island transmissions – 73 per cent – were found in unvaccinated people.

The continued drop in cases sparked a warning by Kim Wilson, the minister of health, against complacency.

She said: “This is a holiday weekend and I want everyone to remember that the Covid-19 pandemic is not over, and the Delta variant is still with us.

“Please act responsibly over this holiday weekend. Now is not the time to party and let your guard down.”

Ms Wilson repeated that vaccination was the best protection against the coronavirus.

She said: “I encourage anyone who wants to get vaccinated to register their interest as soon as possible on gov.bm/vaccines.

“The Covid-19 vaccine remains our best defence in preventing the spread of this virus. It will decrease symptoms and severe illness and, in most cases, prevent death.”

Ms Wilson said that vaccination clinics were available at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Appointments can be booked online at www.gov.bm or through the vaccine call centre on 444 2498.

She also pointed out that vaccine-based SafeKeys expired today.

Ms Wilson said: “You can renew your SafeKey by going to https://www.gov.bm/safekey.

“The purpose of the Safekey is to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 infections and outbreaks during the pandemic and allow residents and visitors access to activities and services identified as high risk for spreading the virus.”

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Published October 17, 2021 at 1:11 pm (Updated October 17, 2021 at 1:11 pm)

No Covid-19 deaths recorded and active infections drop

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