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Island records four more Covid deaths – total now 110

Bermuda has recorded four more deaths from Covid-19, the Ministry of Health announced last night.

Two of the deaths occurred in September and November, respectively, and are being reported following ongoing death certificate reconciliation.

The other two deaths occurred during the week of December 20. The Ministry did not release any further details and did not explain why the deaths were only being announced now.

The total number of Covid-related deaths is now 110.

Wayne Furbert, the acting health minister, said: “It's always difficult to lose a loved one. And I wish to take this opportunity to extend my sincerest and heartfelt condolences to those families who are grieving during this sad time.”

The ministry said the next coronavirus update with more detailed statistics was due tomorrow.

A spokeswoman for the ministry urged the public to adhere to public health guidelines, adding: “Please continue to exercise caution in high-risk settings – such as holiday gatherings, bars and restaurants.”

Since the last update, two people were in hospital with Covid-19 as cases of the Omicron variant continued to surge.

At that time, there were 234 active coronavirus cases – typing by variant was available for 160 of the 234 active cases with 144 cases, or 90 per cent of them Omicron.

The remaining 16 cases were the older Delta variant, responsible for the majority of the island’s fourth wave of cases in the autumn.

Omicron cases have climbed sharply since the first case was detected by health officials on December 7.