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Three new coronavirus cases as tenth UK vaccine shipment arrives

A batch of Covid-19 vaccinations arrive on the island. (Photograph from Facebook)

Three new coronavirus infections have been recorded, health officials said yesterday, while six people have recovered from the coronavirus since the last update on Monday.

The recoveries brought the number of active cases down to 30. All the new cases came in from overseas and no one is being treated in hospital.

A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said the real-time reproduction number was 0.44.

She added: “Local data shows that Bermuda is moving out of community transmission”.

The spokeswoman added that 71.8 per cent of the population had received one Covid-19 vaccine shot and 70.1 per cent of the population had been fully immunised.

More than 20 per cent of the population has received a booster.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, said that the Government would change its pre-arrival test requirements for travellers and accept supervised or observed antigen tests taken no more than three days before arrival.

She said: “While the pre-arrival antigen test provides a result right away to the traveller, observation of the sampling process is required to confirm the result.

“The ‘Fit to Fly’ certificate will be provided by the health service, be it a laboratory or pharmacy that observes the traveller as they do the test.”

Ms Wilson told the public: “You can do this from home by purchasing a test, booking an appointment for the observation by video, and the certificate is e-mailed to you.”

The policy change will come into force tomorrow.

Ms Wilson added that there were some establishments that have closed their bathrooms to the public because of the pandemic.

She said: “Such closures are not a mandatory requirement, although businesses can limit the use of their facilities.

“However, I would encourage businesses to please consider persons with disabilities or health issues who may require access to your bathroom.”

A tenth delivery of Covid-19 vaccines is set to arrive on the island from the UK today.

The Government House Facebook page highlighted the arrival of the shipment – 9,360 doses of the Pfizer shot and 80 doses of the AstraZeneca jab.

The post said: “Each journey is around 3,600 miles from northern England to Bermuda with an unbroken cold chain in shippers which lasts only 84 hours.

“The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office has sent over 70 deliveries of vaccines to British Overseas Territories across six continents without losing one batch so far.”

The post highlighted that the UK had also sent vaccines to the Cayman Islands, South Georgia and Turks and Caicos this week.

The last batch of 2,300 doses of vaccine arrived from the UK in late September.

Covid-19 vaccinations are available at the Hamilton Health Centre on Victoria Street on Tuesdays between 2pm and 4pm by appointment only.

Appointments can be made at www.gov.bm/vaccines or by phone at 332 8906.

Vaccination appointments are also available at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday and Thursday between 4pm and 7pm, and Saturdays between 8am and 4pm and walk-ins will be accepted.

Booster shots can also be booked online at www.gov.bm/vaccine-booster. People aged 65 and older can walk into Pier 6 on Front Street for a booster and KEMH booster clinics will be held on Wednesdays and Sundays between 8am and 8pm for the rest of the month.

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Published December 03, 2021 at 7:56 am (Updated December 03, 2021 at 7:56 am)

Three new coronavirus cases as tenth UK vaccine shipment arrives

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