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The island has recorded two more Covid-related deaths, bringing the number of fatalities from the virus to 137.

There were also 307 new cases recorded from 9,183 tests carried out in the past week, giving a positivity rate of 3.3 per cent. There have also been 301 recoveries in the same period, bringing the number of active cases up to 360 from 356 last week.

Five people are now in hospital with the condition, although none are in intensive care.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, offered condolences to the family and friends of the victims.

She added: “Cases are still rising and people in our community have stayed home with serious coronavirus symptoms and unfortunately died before they got to the hospital.

“Regardless of your age, if you have worsening coronavirus symptoms, especially shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, diarrhoea and/or vomiting, immediately contact your primary care provider or the hospital on 239-2009 for guidance.”

Of the current active cases, 41 have been classified as imported, 84 are through local transmission, and the remaining 235 are under investigation.

The island has now recorded 14,442 cases of the virus since March, 2020.

The number of people who had their first dose of the vaccine rose by just 0.1 per cent to 75.8 per cent in the last week. The number of people who had a second dose remained unchanged at 74.4 per cent.

There will be a pop-up vaccination clinic sponsored by Bermuda Medical Doctors Association at the rear of Charities House at 25 Point Finger Road, Paget, this Saturday, from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Walk-ins are allowed but appointments are encouraged.

Ms Wilson said: “We are grateful to Omni Medical for hosting this clinic. “Vaccinations remain our best protection to minimise severe illness and hospitalisations due to Covid-19. Anyone who wants to get vaccinated should take advantage of this additional opportunity to do so.

“Vaccinations and boosters are also available through the Hamilton Health Centre at 67 Victoria Street. These vaccinations are by appointment only, with no walk-ins. Call 332 8906 for assistance in scheduling an appointment.”

Ms Wilson added that paediatric doses of the vaccine would be available until the end of this month.

Parents who wish to have their child vaccinated should register their child here and then contact their paediatrician to register an interest in getting the vaccine.

If a child does not have a paediatrician, parents should contact the Hamilton Health Centre on 332 8906 for assistance in scheduling an appointment.

For information on vaccine eligibility and where to get the vaccine, visit here.

A spokeswoman for the ministry reminded residents that they can get an outbound Fit-to-Fly test at Washington Mall until May 31, or through participating labs or pharmacies across the island. To book at Washington Mall visit here.

A list of participating pharmacies and labs providing supervised antigen tests, including Fit-to-Fly tests, is available here. To book a test through one of these private providers, go here.

Tonight’s figures came after the island last week recorded 356 active cases of the virus, marking the first drop in cases after weeks of rising numbers.

At that time there were seven people in hospital for Covid-19, with none in intensive care.

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Published May 19, 2022 at 7:56 am (Updated May 19, 2022 at 7:56 am)

Two Covid-19 deaths recorded as active cases edge up

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