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Another Covid-19 death logged but active cases continue to fall

Another death from Covid-19 was reported last night – which pushed the island’s death toll from the coronavirus to 121.

But active cases of the virus continued to drop, down to 206 after 165 people recovered from infection, although 100 new cases were found in tests carried out from last Wednesday to Saturday.

The new figures came as the island’s active cases in the fifth significant outbreak of Covid-19 fell to 272 last Thursday.

The fifth wave, which has largely been driven by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, peaked on January 11 at 1,953 cases.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, offered her condolences to the friends and family of the latest coronavirus-linked death.

The last fatality was reported last Thursday.

There are eight people in hospital with the illness, one of them in intensive care – down from 12 people in hospital at the last update.

Details were not given on active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and variant type.

The new cases were made up of 38 on-island transmissions, 11 from overseas and 51 which are still under investigation.

The island’s total known cases in nearly two years of the pandemic now stand at 11,246.

Many of the restrictions imposed to combat the spread of the coronavirus have been relaxed, including the requirement for SafeKey passes for indoor use of venues such as bars and restaurants.

But Ms Wilson reminded restaurants, bars and clubs that they were restricted to seated service only and that they were still required to collect contact tracing information.

She warned: “The coronavirus has not gone away.

“Things are improving, but to decrease the odds of getting the coronavirus, we should increase fresh air ventilation wherever possible indoors and avoid the three C’s - closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings.

Ms Wilson told the public: “Continue to follow public health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, and maintain physical distance.”

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Published February 15, 2022 at 8:03 am (Updated February 15, 2022 at 10:33 am)

Another Covid-19 death logged but active cases continue to fall

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