Covid-19: death toll passes 100
Bermuda’s death toll from Covid-19 rose by one to 101 last night after another death was recorded.
But other figures for coronavirus continued to fall – active cases were down to 84 from 99 three days ago, close to the numbers seen on August 7, early in the fourth wave.
There are 16 people in hospital, down from 21 on Wednesday, five of them in intensive care.
Kim Wilson, the health minister, appealed to the public to exercise caution over the Hallowe’en weekend to avoid further coronavirus outbreaks.
She said: “Do not host or attend Hallowe’en parties with unmasked, large gatherings where you cannot maintain being more than six feet apart.”
Health officials said ten people had tested positive out of the latest 3,855 test results.
Four cases came in from overseas and six were classed as on-island transmissions or under investigation.
The number of coronavirus cases recorded since the pandemic hit stands at 5,647.
Sixty-four per cent of the on-island transmissions were in unvaccinated people.
The seven-day average of the island’s real-time reproduction number is 0.64.
Ms Wilson reminded the public that the US will require foreign air travellers entering the country to be vaccinated from November 8.
She added: “The US travel restrictions may also impact persons needing to travel for medical reasons, such as newborn babies whose parents may be unable to accompany them if unvaccinated.”
Ms Wilson warned: “Gaining Centres for Disease Control approval to travel in an urgent situation may be extremely challenging.
“Right now the transfer of medical emergencies is dealt with just between the hospital, the insurer and, sometimes the Lady Cubitt Compassionate Association as well.”
Ms Wilson advised people who planned to Hallowe’en not to engage in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door-to-door.
People should also avoid activities with people outside their household.
Ms Wilson suggested low-risk activities such as carving or decorating pumpkins with household members, decorating the home, holding a virtual costume event or holding a Halloween movie night at home.
She added that Easter-style home trick-or-treat hunts could be held with household members.
Moderate-risk activities include one-way trick-or-treating, where individually-wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go.
But Ms Wilson said people should wash their hands before they prepared bags.
She added people could hold small outdoor costume parades with more than six-feet distancing, visit pumpkin patches where the use of hand sanitiser, mask-wearing and physical distancing was enforced and hold an outdoor movie night with family and friends with people spaced at least six feet apart.