Covid-19: another death, active cases fall to 220 but new variant detected
Covid-19 has claimed another life, it was announced last night.
The news brought the death toll from the pandemic up to 129.
Health officials added that Caribbean Public Health Agency tests had shown the presence of the Omicron BA. 2 variant among the results.
There were 147 new cases reported since last Thursday’s update.
The new cases were among 7,112 test results that came back to health officials — a positivity rate of 2.06 per cent.
A total of 38 of the cases came in from overseas, 80 were classed as on-island transmissions and 102 are under investigation.
There have been 164 recoveries.
There are now 220 active coronavirus cases — down 18 on the 238 logged at the last update.
The number of people in hospital dropped to four from seven and none are in intensive care.
In addition, 87 per cent of all residents over 65 years have had at least one vaccination, and 85.7 per cent have received two.
Overall, 75.5 per cent of the population has had one dose of the vaccine and 73.8 per cent have had two.
Of those who have had two doses and are eligible for a booster, 72.9 per cent have had it, while six per cent of those with a booster have received a second booster dose.
Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, warned: “Living safely with Covid-19 requires us to continue to follow public health guidance.
“Please practise healthy behaviours and consider the safety of yourself and others.”
She told the public: “Keep a safe distance from others in public, wear a mask, and avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings.
“Have good hand hygiene, proper ventilation indoors, take an at-home antigen test before going to events and socialising, and get vaccinated and boosted.”
The seven-day average of Bermuda’s real-time reproduction number is 0.74.