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Covid-19: 109 new cases, 12 people in hospital

There were 109 new cases of the coronavirus detected in the latest round of test results, health officials said last night.

The cases were among 6,588 test results that came back to health officials from between last Wednesday to Saturday – a positivity rate of 1.6 per cent.

The news meant there are 180 active infections, with 12 patients in hospital, although none are in intensive care.

There were seven people in hospital at last Thursday’s update, with none in intensive care, and the number of active infections has risen by seven.

A total of 55 of the new cases are under investigation, 41 were on-island transmission and 13 came in from overseas.

There have been 102 recoveries since the last update. Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the Pier 6 vaccination centre would be closed on Mondays from next week.

She added the last day to get a free vaccination was March 31.

Ms Wilson said: “While our positive cases remain low, we are still seeing coronavirus related hospitalisations.

“The coronavirus pandemic has not gone away, and we need to continue to follow public health guidance.”

Ms Wilson said mask wearing was “an essential layer of protection” and that people should take regular tests, especially if they planned to attend a large event.

She told the public: “As always, to decrease the odds of getting the coronavirus, increase fresh air ventilation wherever possible indoors and avoid the ‘three Cs’ – closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings.

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

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Published March 08, 2022 at 7:36 am (Updated March 08, 2022 at 7:36 am)

Covid-19: 109 new cases, 12 people in hospital

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