The Ministry of Health reported more than 1,600 active cases of COVID-19 in Bermuda last night, with another 689 new cases recorded in the latest round of 7,125 tests
The total number of active cases climbed to 1,604, with six people in hospital – fortunately, none are in intensive care.
A Ministry spokesperson said 189 of the new cases were classifed as imported with a history of travel in the previous 14 days.
The additional 500 new cases were classified as either local transmission (58) or under investigation (442).
“Additionally, there are 196 recoveries and 0 deaths.”
Of the 1,604 active cases, 1,598 are under public health monitoring.
“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 7,880 coronavirus cases, out of which 6,166 have recovered, and sadly there have been 110 coronavirus-related deaths.”
The source of all active cases is as follows:
- 572 are Imported
- 192 are classified as local transmission
- 840 are Under Investigation
The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:
- 1,623 are Imported
- 5,318 are classified as local transmission of which:
- 3,353 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
- 1,965 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
- 939 are Under Investigation
The Ministry also advised “that there continue to be delays with COVID testing as the demand is relatively high and our resources are strained”.
Health Minister Kim Wilson stated: “We are working quite hard to improve our testing system and processing times.
“The Perot Post Office location is running smoothly, with shorter lines and quicker processing, as a result of our Washington Mall testing facility,” she added.
“The new Washington Mall site is working well. The testing at Washington Mall is for outbound travellers only. As we announced last week, all outbound travellers (visitors and residents) who require an antigen test 24-hours before they depart from Bermuda will now get tested at this new location.”
The new testing site, located on the western walkway above Washington Lane, in Washington Mall, is open daily from 10am to 4pm.
“Anyone who requires a 24-hour outbound antigen test will be able to book a travel antigen test online at www.gov.bm to attend the Washington Mall testing site. And with the opening of the new Washington Mall site, the temporary airport antigen service, which was set up over the weekend, is closed.
“Please remember that we need the cooperation of everyone in the community to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. As basic as it may seem, public health guidance is the best defence against this virus.”
The Minister concluded: “We continue to advocate vigilance, personal responsibility and compliance. The public should continue to wear a mask, wash their hands, keep physically distanced from others, not in their household, and add antigen tests to their pandemic toolbox.”