The Ministry of Health reported another 35 new cases of COVID-19 in Bermuda in the latest round of 9,495 test results received since the last update, taking the total number of active cases up to 83.

According to the statement released tonight, 80 active cases are now under public health monitoring, with three in hospital and one patient in the Intensive Care Unit.

Sixteen (16) of the new cases are classified as imported, including non-residents who arrived here from London, the US and Canada.

A Ministry spokeswoman said: “14 of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.

“The additional one (1) new case is classified as under investigation. This case is among a resident 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 19 recoveries and 0 deaths.

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2645 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 2529 have recovered, and sadly 33 COVID related deaths.”

The source of all cases is as follows:

·         389 are Imported

·         2243 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   1748 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   495 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         13 are Under Investigation

“Of the imported active cases, 26 (70%) are fully vaccinated, and 11 (30%) are not vaccinated,” the spokeswoman added.

“Of the active cases, which are Local Transmission or Under Investigation, 18 (41%) are fully vaccinated, and 28 (59%) are not vaccinated.”

Meanwhile, Health Minister Kim Wilson repeated the warning that “the Delta variant is highly transmissible, causing more infections and spreading faster than the Alpha (UK) variant.

“It is essential everyone, vaccinated or not, actively gets back to the basics: wear a mask indoors, practice good hand hygiene and keep physically distanced from those not in your household,” she said.

“All public spaces must have hand sanitiser available for patrons and maintain accurate contact tracing records. This includes all businesses, restaurants, bars, gyms, beauty salons, and workplaces. This is not voluntary, this is a requirement, and enforcement action may be taken against businesses that do not comply. It is vital that all individuals and businesses do their part to control the spread of the Delta variant in Bermuda, and we will do that by remembering the basics.

“Also, as a reminder for travellers, when filling out a Travel Authorisation (TA), please know it will be rejected if the TA is incomplete or the information provided is not correct. However, the ‘rejection’ email tells the traveller what is missing from, or needs to be corrected in, the TA form. Most importantly, that email now contains a link that travellers can use to access their TA form and upload the missing or corrected information. Travellers are encouraged to carefully read the rejection email they receive and use the link to correct their TA rather than calling the COVID Hotline.”

The Minister also noted that “the vaccine against COVID-19 is one of the single most important measures to keep our community safe, and community immunity is our best chance of ending this pandemic and returning to normality”.

“As always, avoid the three “Cs”: closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings.”