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Covid-19: active cases at highest level since February

Bermuda’s Covid-19 numbers continue to rise, with 376 active cases after 345 people were found positive for the coronavirus in the latest test results.

It marks the island’s highest number of active cases since February 1, when 471 were recorded.

The figures released tonight by health officials came after 293 active cases were reported at last week’s update, with nine people in hospital but none in intensive care.

The number in hospital remains at nine, but one person was said to be in intensive care.

Noting the uptick in cases, Kim Wilson, the health minister, said: “This is not the time for people to diminish their responsibilities.”

Ms Wilson said the ministry would “restructure Covid-19 testing” from this Sunday to meet demand from visitors and residents.

In addition, the free vaccine centre at the former Crisson & Hind gallery at 71 Front Street will close on Friday.

Vaccines will still be available from the Hamilton Health Centre on Victoria Street.

Penno’s Wharf and Dockyard will close as testing sites, and residents requiring a Covid-19 test for travel should schedule it at Washington Mall through early May.

“After that, outbound testing will be available through participating pharmacies across the island,” Ms Wilson said.

“You will be able to receive test results that meet all requirements for travel.

“Visitors will have their outbound test automatically scheduled for them at Perot Post Office when they arrive in Bermuda.”

Testing is also on offer at private clinics, with Helix Genetic and Scientific Solutions, C & S West Limited, Northshore Medical and Aesthetic Services all certified for tests and diagnostics.

The island’s latest figures come after 262 people tested clear of the virus.

The tests were carried out from last Tuesday through Monday, and yielded an overall positivity rate of 3 per cent.

No deaths were reported, with the total fatalities of the pandemic remaining at 131.

Out of the 345 new cases, 56 came from overseas, 93 were classed as locally transmitted and 196 are under investigation.

The total confirmed coronavirus cases of the pandemic now stand at 13,488.

To date, 72.4 per cent of the population have received both doses of the vaccine, and 71.9 per cent of people eligible for a booster have had their third jab.

A further 9 per cent have received a second booster dose.

To book a vaccine, register on the Government’s website, call 444-2498 and select option 2, or e-mail vaccine@gov.bm.

Ms Wilson reminded the public that securely fitting masks continued to prove effective against spreading respiratory infections.

Masks are required for passengers and operators during travel by bus or ferry, except for the outdoor decks of vessels, and in taxis, limousines or minibuses.

They remain mandatory for work or visits to health services, such as a hospital, dental facility, laboratory, or residential care facility.

Doctors, dentists, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare workers must wear masks.

They remain mandatory in corrections facilities and inside the airport.

Ms Wilson warned those with medical vulnerabilities to wear masks where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Masks are also advised in crowded places — whether indoors and outside.

Ms Wilson added that business could continue to require face masks on their premises.

“This is permitted, and those businesses that continue to have policies and good practices to protect the public and their staff are to be commended.”

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Published April 28, 2022 at 7:54 am (Updated April 28, 2022 at 5:01 pm)

Covid-19: active cases at highest level since February

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