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Covid-19: One more death but active infections continue to fall

Another fatality has pushed the Covid-19 death toll to 120, it was revealed last night. The death is the second this week.

There are 12 people in hospital, although none are in intensive care.

There were 88 new cases recorded between last Sunday and Tuesday out of 3,063 tests that came back to health officials.

Active cases of the coronavirus have dropped again to 272, although information of vaccination status and variant type was not available.

The island had 311 active cases on Monday.

There were 11 in hospital at the time, with one in ICU.

A total of 12 of the new cases came in from overseas, 38 were classed as on-island transmissions and 39 were said to be under investigation.

There have been 126 recoveries since Monday.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, reminded the public that Bermuda’s mass vaccination programme will end on March 31.

She told the public: “The Covid-19 vaccine is available for free, and first, second and booster doses will continue to be available at Pier 6 until March 31, either by appointment or you can walk in.

“Following further consideration, the booster is now being offered to those who have had their second dose five months prior.

“Those that this applies to are now permitted to book their booster appointment.”

Ms Wilson said: “After March 31, the Covid-19 vaccine will be available through physicians’ offices, as well as participating pharmacies.

“However, there will likely be a charge for this service.”

The hours of operation at Pier Six, on Hamilton’s Front Street, will be noon to 6pm on weekdays and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays from next Monday.

Ms Wilson said: “On another note, the Centres for Disease Control recommends people who are infected with Covid-19 not travel for a full 10 days after their symptoms start or after the date their positive test was taken if they had no symptoms.

“The CDC updated the guidance for travel given the increased incidence of Covid-19 in the United States and globally.”

Ms Wilson added that she wanted to encourage employers to “welcome their employees back to working in the office”.

She said: “With our more relaxed restrictions, workers can return to the office with appropriate public health guidelines in place.”

But Ms Wilson added: “Especially, we recommend that proper ventilation is ensured and fully support those employers who wish to put in place a twice weekly antigen testing regime.

She said: “As we cautiously move forward with less coronavirus related restrictions, we must keep doing our part to keep each other safe and to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

She appealed to the public to increase fresh air ventilation where possible when indoors to cut the risk of contracting the virus.

She added people should also avoid the “three Cs” – closed spaces, crowded palaces and close contact settings“

Ms Wilson said: “Follow public health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, and maintain physical distance.”

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Published February 11, 2022 at 4:14 pm (Updated February 11, 2022 at 4:14 pm)

Covid-19: One more death but active infections continue to fall

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