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Covid-19: New case of Omicron variant, total now two

Covid-19: Omicron variant accounts for eight per cent of the active cases of the coronavirus where typing was available.

One more case of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been isolated, health officials said last night.

The infection was found in a person who arrived on the island from overseas. There have now been two confirmed Omicron cases on the island.

The news meant the Omicron variant accounts for eight per cent of the 24 active cases of the coronavirus where typing was available.

But the number of active cases is down from the 31 logged in Tuesday’s update, when the first case of the Omicron variant was announced.

None of the victims are in hospital.

A total of four new infections were found in the latest 3,529 test results – two on Monday and two on Tuesday.

All were said to have come in from overseas.

Eleven people have recovered from the virus since the last update, which pulled the number of active infections down to 24.

Variant typing identified 63 per cent of active cases as the Delta strain, 8 per cent as Omicron and 21 per cent could not be determined.

Typing was not available in 8 per cent of cases.

Fully vaccinated people accounted for 95 per cent of the active cases.

All on-island transmissions and those under investigation are in unvaccinated people.

The seven-day average of the island’s real-time reproduction number is 0.16.

People were reminded they can book a PCR test or a 24-hour antigen test for travel here.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said antigen testing was available at all public test sites between 10am and noon with same-day results.

But she warned a test result could not be guaranteed within 24 hours for outbound travel tests booked for later than noon.

Ms Wilson said information about which travel test to book was available online.

She added: “As of December 14, anyone travelling abroad for 72 hours or less can use their pre-departure test obtained in Bermuda, as an arrival test upon return.”

Ms Wilson said anyone who planned to travel to Bermuda should visit the government website to learn about entry requirements.

* This story has been updated to amend the number of Omicron cases after The Royal Gazette was sent updated information this morning.

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Published December 10, 2021 at 3:43 pm (Updated December 10, 2021 at 3:43 pm)

Covid-19: New case of Omicron variant, total now two

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