The Ministry of Health confirmed another 22 positive cases of COVID-19 in the latest round of 2,154 tests results recorded since the last update.

A spokeswoman said: “These results are from testing done on Friday, April 23 (14 positive out of 1,140 results (1.2% positivity), and Saturday, April 24, 2021 (8 positive out of 1,017 results (0.8% positivity).

“Sixteen of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.

“The additional six 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 88 recoveries.”

There are currently 609 active cases, of which 581 are under public health monitoring with 28 patients in hospital – nine in intensive care.

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2,357 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which a total of 1,724 have recovered, and sadly Bermuda now has 24 COVID related deaths.”

For information regarding age distributions and overall transmission categories, please refer to https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-covid19-update.

“I am grateful that we are making progress in containing the spread of the virus, and we are making progress with our vaccination programme,” said the Minister, Kim Wilson.

“With more than 50 percent of our population having received at least one dose of the vaccine. We are well on our way to community protection, which will benefit us all,” she added.

“One of the Government’s primary objectives is to increase the avenues available to members of the public who wish to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated.  With this objective in mind, we are pleased to announce the “Close to Home” Vaccination Initiative has been established.

“The Department of Health’s Mobile Vaccination Team will begin an outreach programme to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines with a ride through, drive-through and walk through venue at Penno’s Wharf on Tuesday, April 27, from 10am – 2pm. The drive-in venue is specifically for persons who have not yet registered for the COVID-19 vaccine, do not have access to the internet, and prefer to register in person or have additional questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“As a reminder, starting today, April 26, the Bermuda College vaccination centre will continue to be open for walk-ins from 9am to 1pm. Those with appointments at the College vaccination centre are asked to attend the Old Wing of KEMH for their vaccination. The vaccination hotline will be doing phone follow up calls to confirm those appointments.

“I must also remind the public that if a friend or relative tells you that they are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and you attend Bulls Head to get tested, please stay in quarantine until a contact tracer contacts you to provide further advice. There have been times where persons have not remained in quarantine following testing who then tested positive.”

In closing, the Minister said: “Each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda app. Do the research, talk with your doctor and make an informed decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.”