Health Ministry officials reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 in Bermuda in the latest round of 2,003 test results taking the total number of active cases up to 106.
A spokeswoman said: “One is in hospital and not in critical care.
“Two of the new cases are classified as imported by one resident who arrived on Delta Airlines DL617 from New York on 15 March 15 and tested positive on their Day four (4) test, and one non-resident who arrived on Jet Blue B62231 from New York on 12 March 2021 and tested positive on their Day eight (8) test.
“Thirty (30) of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases. The additional nine (9) 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 three (3) recoveries.
“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 830 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 712 persons have recovered, and 12 persons have sadly succumbed to COVID-19.”
A total of 105 are under public health monitoring.
The source of all cases is as follows:
· 227 are imported
· 584 are classified as local transmission of which:
· 492 are local transmission with known contact/source and
· 92 are local transmission with an unknown contact/source
· 19 are under investigation
“Although priority will be given to those aged 65 and over, everyone can now register to be vaccinated,” she said.
‘The combination of getting vaccinated and following the Ministry of Health’s guidelines on how best to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19, and help us slow the transmission.
“As a result of the increase in positive cases, the Government has had to roll back our restrictions to reduce the spread of the highly contagious UK variant. We must be extra vigilant, resist the urge to attend any social gatherings and do everything we can to protect ourselves and others from catching the virus. We need everyone’s cooperation to get Bermuda past this pandemic.”
The Minister also noted that “there have been several people going to work or sending their children to school with COVID-19 symptoms because they assumed that they were suffering from allergies or had the flu”.
“This has contributed to our most recent spread. As well, school bubbles, for the most part, have worked well. However, the extra-curricular activities have undermined the bubbles and demonstrably contributed to the spread.
“If you have flu-like symptoms or a bad cold, stay at home, speak to your doctor and get tested. Do not have your kids in extra-curricular activities outside their school bubble.
“If you have been told to quarantine, you must stay home. If you are contacted by our contract tracers, it is important that you are truthful and forthcoming with the requested information.”