Two more Covid-related deaths brings total to 100, curfew to be lifted on Monday
Bermuda’s deaths from Covid-19 last night hit the grim milestone of 100 with two more fatalities related to coronavirus.
Kim Wilson, the health minister, also announced 12 new cases out of the 3,450 latest test results for the virus.
Active cases continue to fall, from 127 announced on Monday down to 99 yesterday – back to the numbers seen in early August.
There are 21 people with the virus in hospital, six of whom are in intensive care.
Although the island’s death toll from the pandemic has now reached 100, health officials announced further cuts to restrictions last night.
The island’s curfew is to be lifted from 6am on Monday as the fourth outbreak of the pandemic eases.
Group sizes will move from a maximum of 20 people to 30, and a seating limit of ten people to a table will be lifted for bars, clubs and restaurants, also on Monday.
Ms Wilson said she was “pleased” to announce changes to the Public Health (Covid-19 Emergency Powers) (Phased Reopening) Regulations 2021.
The loosening of group size restrictions will affect weddings, funerals and domestic partnership ceremonies, as well as wakes, receptions and recreational boats, which are limited to 30 people.
On other boats, SafeKey will be required for more than 30 people on board.
Ms Wilson underscored the importance of vaccination as the US prepares to ban nearly all unvaccinated air travellers from entering the country from November 8.
“This has serious implications for our unvaccinated citizens who wish to travel to the US or who may have to travel there for medical reasons,” she said.
Ms Wilson gave condolences to the family and friends of those lost to the illness.
She added: “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.”
Two of the new positive cases of Covid-19 came from overseas, and the rest are classed as either local transmission or are under investigation.
For the ten local cases, 69 per cent were not vaccinated. Since Monday, 38 people have recovered.
The island’s seven-day average real-time reproduction number now stands at 0.64.
In 41 weeks of vaccinations, Bermuda has administered 92,770 jabs.
In residents over age 65, 85.9 per cent have had at least one vaccination, and 83.8 per cent are fully immunised.
To date, 70.4 per cent of the population received one dose of the vaccine; 68.1 per cent have had both
From January 11 to the week ending October 23, there were 302 hospital admissions, and 89 per cent were in people not fully vaccinated.
Of the 84 deaths in that time, 85 per cent were not fully vaccinated.
To get vaccinated, residents can book an appointment or walk into the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital vaccination clinic on Tuesday and Thursday, 4pm to 7pm, and Saturday, 8am to 4pm.
It is also available by appointment at the Hamilton Health Centre on Victoria Street, every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm.
This week, there is a second vaccination centre at the National Sports Centre for those eligible for the booster dose, from Monday through Friday, noon to 6.30pm.