The Ministry of Health reported another 108 new cases of COVID-19 in Bermuda, taking the total number of active cases to 630, with 18 in hospital and four in critical care.

The latest figures were released last night (April 3), from 3,339 test results obtained “from testing that took place on Wednesday, with 70 positive out of 1,865 test results received (3.7%), and testing on Thursday where there were 38 positive out of 1,474 (2.6%)”.

A spokeswoman said 22 of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.

“The additional 86 new cases are classified as under investigation. These cases are among residents with no currently identified link to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.

“Additionally, since the last update, there were 15 recoveries.”

Of the 630 active cases, 612 are under public health monitoring and 18 are in the hospital, with four in critical care.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 1,400 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 758 persons have recovered, and 12 persons have sadly succumbed to COVID-19,” she added.

The source of all cases is as follows:

·         245 are imported

·         901 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   809 are local transmission with known contact/source and

o   92 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         254 are under investigation

The Ministry also noted that since March 19, “there have been 56 emergency room visits associated with the current outbreak among persons with COVID-19”.

Our hospitalised COVID-19 patients are rising, and that is very disturbing,” said Health Minister Kim Wilson.

“We need to all make sure that we are doing our best to stop the spread and stay in our bubbles.

There are quite a number of clusters of cases identified by the Case Management team. This very much reflects the contagious nature of the UK variant.

“Please be patient with our contact tracers as they aim to contact the increased number of persons confirmed with COVID-19 and their close contacts.

“If a friend or colleague has told you that they have tested positive and you are a close contact, please do not wait until the contact tracer contacts you. Put yourself in quarantine.”

The Minister also reminded “parents of children who are in quarantine to work with the Ministry of Health”.

“The Ministry of Health assesses all test results. Negative test results by a particular child or teacher will not automatically mean release from quarantine,” she said.

“The Ministry will inform the school directly who may be released from quarantine and when.”

She also noted that “the vast majority of parents are cooperating in this challenging situation”.

“But some are less cooperative and question the guidance provided by medical and public health professionals,” said Ms Wilson.

“Please remember the safety of the entire island is paramount, and our public health measures are in place to protect the community. Please be patient.”