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Covid-19: active cases fall to lowest rate since August

Active Covid-19 cases have dropped to 258 – below the levels at the start of the island’s latest outbreak at the end of August.

There are now 29 people in hospital with the illness, with six in intensive care – down from the 35 in hospital with nine in intensive care reported on Friday.

No further deaths have been reported and the death toll from the coronavirus remained at 95.

The positivity rate for the coronavirus has dropped to 0.5 per cent.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, revealed that 70 per cent of the population has now received one dose of vaccine and 67.6 per cent of the population was now immunised.

There are now 29 people in hospital with the illness, with six in intensive care – down from the 35 in hospital and nine in intensive care reported last Friday.

Four of the new cases came in from overseas, and the remaining 22 were classed as on-island transmissions or under investigation.

There have been 118 recoveries from the illness since last Friday.

Covid-19 discharges from the hospital also have overtaken admissions, with five against four since the last update.

In active cases from overseas, 82 per cent were detected in fully vaccinated people.

But in the on-island transmissions and those under investigation categories, 73 per cent of active cases were found in unvaccinated people.

Variant typing for the virus remains unavailable.

The seven-day average of the real-time reproduction number is 0.48 and the island’s country status is at community transmission.

The number of Covid-19 cases since the pandemic hit stands at 5,593.

There have been 89,029 jabs administered since the vaccination programme started in January, 40 weeks ago.

A total of 85.7 per cent of people aged 65 or over have had one shot and 83.4 per cent were fully immunised by last Saturday.

Registration for the vaccine is available here.

Walk-ins and appointments are available at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm.

Appointments can be made at the vaccine call centre at 444-2498, option 2.

Booster shots are being administered at the National Sports Centre in Devonshire.

They are available this week until Friday from noon to 6.30pm, and next Monday to Friday from noon to 6.30pm.

People aged 65 or over as well as pregnant women who have had their second dose at least six months before are eligible to make appointments.

The booster can be booked online here.

People without internet access should call the vaccination hotline on 444-2498.

Ms Wilson reminded anyone scheduled for a second dose not to miss their appointment.

She added if an appointment was missed, people should call the vaccination hotline or e-mail vaccine@gov.bm as soon as possible.

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Published October 20, 2021 at 7:49 am (Updated October 20, 2021 at 7:49 am)

Covid-19: active cases fall to lowest rate since August

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