Health Minister Kim Wilson confirmed a 20th death due to COVID-19 tonight, marking the third death in as many days as the number of new cases climbed to 91, in the latest round of 2,100 tests.

Speaking at the latest COVID briefing tonight, she said the number of active cases of this virus has reached 904, with four of the new cases classified as imported by non-residents and 41 were locally transmitted with known contacts.

“These cases are among residents with no currently identified link to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days,” said Ms Wilson.

“Additionally, since the last update, there were 53 recoveries and two deaths, one previously reported (April 18, 2021).”

Of the 904 active cases, 864 are under public health monitoring and 40 are in hospital with six (6) in intensive care.

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2,214 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which a total of 1290 have recovered, and 20 persons have sadly succumbed to COVID-19,” the Minister said.

“Sadly, Bermuda has experienced another COVID-19 death today. This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Bermuda to 20.

“I extend my sincere condolences and prayers of support to the family and friends of those who recently died, on behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda. The Ministry will not release personal details about the individual, and I ask the public to respect the privacy of the family as they mourn their loved one.

“While our number of positive cases is slowly reducing, which is encouraging, this is not an opportunity for us to stop cooperating with the guidelines and safety measures,” she added.

“We much continue to be extremely careful, and remain vigilant and do not mix households.

“The changes to the restrictions go into effect tomorrow, and if you must return to work or leave your home, please remember to avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation, crowded places with many people nearby, and close-contact settings such as close-range conversations. 

“Six feet must be maintained at all times including during greetings. Avoid shared lunch rooms and gathering, unmasked, outside for your smoke breaks etc. Your work environment and colleagues are not your bubbles.”

Regarding those businesses that will open tomorrow, the Minister of Health advised: “Please adhere to the regulations and don’t push the boundaries. We must all work together to stop the spread of this virus so that we can further roll back the restrictions sooner rather than later.”