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Active Covid-19 cases tumble but health minister warns about letting guard down

The island’s confirmed active cases of Covid-19 have tumbled to 251, health officials revealed last night – with three people in hospital but no one in intensive care.

Active cases of the virus, which have hovered below 400 for the past few weeks, stood at 375 in the previous figures given on June 16.

At that time, there were ten people in hospital, with none in intensive care.

But tonight the Ministry of Health noted that the island’s testing numbers had fallen by about 50 per cent, due in part to the United States dropping its requirement for travellers to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test before entering the country.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, said the latest figures came as “multiple European countries are experiencing a significant surge in new Covid-19 infections”.

“With an increase in travel for locals and visitors, it is vital that we do not let our guard down.”

The new Covid-19 numbers came from 4,992 test results from Tuesday last week through to this Monday.

There were 195 positive cases found, yielding a test positivity rate of 4 per cent.

Of the new cases, 53 came from overseas, 55 were classed as local transmission, and 87 were under investigation.

There have been 319 recoveries since the last update and the island’s total confirmed death toll from the pandemic remains at 138.

Ms Wilson reminded the public that the island’s stock of Covid-19 vaccines expires at the end of June, with no new supply until the autumn.

The jab for Covid-19 remains available at the following locations:

• Somerset pharmacy: call for appointments at 234-2484;

• Wee Care Paediatrics: for patients and family members aged 12 and over, as paediatric vaccines are no longer in stock. Appointments at 296-3032;

• Edgewood Paediatric Services: for patients and family members aged 12 and over. Appointments at 295-8000;

• Omni Medical: Saturday for the general public. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred at 236-3838;

• Northshore Medical: appointments at 293-5476;

• Somers Medical Services/Dr Laura Murphy: for patients only. Appointments at 295-1110;

• Bermuda Healthcare Services/Dr Reddy: appointments at 236-2810;

• Bermuda Diabetes Association: June 29, 9am until noon. Open to the public. Call 297-8427 for an appointment or visit www.diabetes.bm;

• Hamilton Pharmacy in collaboration with Helix Lab: tomorrow, June 29 and 30, 1pm to 4pm. Customers can book an appointment online at www.hamiltonpharmacy.bm.

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Published June 23, 2022 at 7:56 am (Updated June 23, 2022 at 7:56 am)

Active Covid-19 cases tumble but health minister warns about letting guard down

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