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Covid-19: Sharp increase in active cases

Bermuda’s active cases of Covid-19 have climbed sharply in the past week to 293, health officials reported last night.

There are now nine people in hospital, but none are being treated in intensive care. No deaths were recorded this week.

The update comes one week after the island logged 207 active cases of the virus, with three people in hospital and none in intensive care.

Also last week, two deaths related to Covid-19 were reported for the period of April 6 to 13 – bringing the total confirmed death toll over the pandemic to 131.

The latest figures come from 7,897 tests carried out from April 12 to this Monday, with 242 found positive.

The figures put the island’s test positivity rate at 3 per cent.

Of the new cases, 49 come from overseas, 67 were classed as local transmission and 126 are under investigation.

There have been 156 recoveries in the last week.

Vaccination figures show that 74.1 per cent of the population have now received both doses of the vaccine against Covid-19.

A total 129,931 shots have been administered to residents since the vaccine programme began in January 2021.

Additionally, 72.6 per cent of people eligible for a booster have received the jab – and 7.8 per cent of those with a booster have received a second booster dose.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said there was increased interest in the vaccine for travel this summer.

“Many people are eager to travel again, and most countries have vaccine requirements.”

Ms Wilson said those interested should register on the government website.

The Crisson building on Front Street in Hamilton, across from the No. 4 car park, is open for vaccinations until April 29 on weekdays only, and walk-ins are accepted.

Vaccines are also being given at the Hamilton Health Centre on Victoria Street, by appointment only, every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm.

Appointments can be booked online or by calling 332-8906.

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Published April 21, 2022 at 12:09 pm (Updated April 21, 2022 at 12:09 pm)

Covid-19: Sharp increase in active cases

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