The Ministry of Health reported 69 new COVID cases in the latest round of 5,011 tests, that turned up another 128 positive results, bringing the total number of active cases to 141.

Seven patients battling the coronavirus were also admitted to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

All 69 of the new cases reported were classified as imported.

The additional 59 new cases are classified as either local transmission (21) or under investigation (38).

Additionally, there were 108 recoveries and no (0) deaths.

Of the 141 active cases:

  • 134 are under public health monitoring; and
  • 7 are in hospital, with 0 in intensive care.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 17,913 coronavirus cases, out of which 17,624 have recovered, and sadly there have been 148 coronavirus-related deaths.

The source of all active cases is as follows:

  • 75 are Imported
  • 23 are classified as local transmission
  • 43 are Under Investigation

The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

  • 3,941 are Imported
  • 13,797 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 5,902 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 7,895 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 175 are Under Investigation

Health Minister Kim Wilson advised: “We recently sent COVID-19 test samples to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for gene sequencing. Gene sequencing allows scientists to classify a virus as a particular variant and determine its lineage.

“Based on the sequencing results, it can be determined that BA.5 was identified as circulating in Bermuda from May and BA.4 from July. Additional sequencing results are pending to determine when these sub-variants may have been introduced to Bermuda.

“We must continue vigilance as we are not out of the woods yet. I encourage everyone to be cautious, and if you are eligible for the COVID vaccine, please get it.”

“Anyone wanting to get vaccinated can visit https://bhec.bm/Covid-testing-facilities/ for a list of participants.”

Hamilton Pharmacy has availability as follows:

“1. September 1, Thursday 8:30- 11:30 (24 bookings available)

“2. September 6,7,8 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday] 8:30-11:30 [24 bookings each day)

“The Hamilton Health Center is currently closed for renovations and unable to provide service to the public for the Covid- 19 vaccine at this time.

“In closing, thanks to the hard work of our public health professionals, we are in a better space regarding positive coronavirus cases, and the number of patients in the hospital remains low,” said Ms Wilson.

“We should continue to avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings. Always practice good hand hygiene, ensure proper ventilation indoors, maintain physical distance, and wear a quality, well-fitted mask for extra protection if you choose to do so. Stay home if you test positive or if you have symptoms.”