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Covid-19: no one in hospital for first time in almost four months

There are no patients in hospital with Covid-19 for the first time since the start of August, it was announced last night.

But health officials reported six new coronavirus results.

The new cases were detected among 4,528 test results that came back to the health ministry since the last update on Monday.

Three of the new cases came in from overseas and three were on-island transmissions or listed as under investigation.

There have been ten recoveries since the last update.

There are now 21 active coronavirus cases, all of which are being monitored by public health officials.

The health ministry said Bermuda is moving out of the “community transmission” category.

But the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport said use of the SafeKey scheme would still be required for large group exemptions.

Ernest Peets added that flexibility could be extended to some people “engaged in an antigen testing regime”.

But he said that most spectators and guests at large gatherings would continue to require SafeKeys.

Dr Peets added that sport large group exemptions would continue with the antigen testing regime for the sports group as detailed in the Government’s guidance on a return to sports.

A ministry spokeswoman said that false information had been circulated on the sports guidelines and that the correct information should be followed.

She added there had also been reports that contact tracing and mask wearing requirements had not been “consistently enforced” at some large-scale events.

The spokeswoman emphasised that contact tracing and masks continued to be a requirement for large events and highlighted guidelines.

The seven-day average of the real-time reproduction number is 0.04.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said the booster vaccine was now available to anyone 18 years of age or older who had had their second Covid-19 vaccination dose at least six months ago.

Anyone 65 and older can walk into Pier 6 on Front Street in Hamilton from Monday to Friday for the booster.

Appointments for booster shots can be made at www.gov.bm.

People can call also call the vaccination hotline at 444-2498, option #2, or e-mail vaccine@gov.bm.

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Published November 26, 2021 at 7:57 am (Updated November 26, 2021 at 7:57 am)

Covid-19: no one in hospital for first time in almost four months

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