The number of active COVID-19 cases in Bermuda has dropped by four to 58, with only 20 new cases reported by the Ministry of Health in the latest round of 6,674 tests carried out between last Sunday and Wednesday.

A Ministry spokesperson said tonight that there are four people in hospital battling the coronavirus and only one of them in intensive care.

Since the last update on Monday 24 people have fully recovered.

Seven of the new cases were classified as coming in from overseas and ten were listed as on-island transmissions, with the remaining three cases now under investigation.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Kim Wilson reiterated that the vaccine was still Bermuda’s best defence against the spread of the deadly virus.

It will decrease symptoms and severe illness and, in most cases, prevent death,” she said.

Booster vaccines are available for those 50 and older, healthcare workers, essential and critical service workers who have had a second dose at least six months prior.”

She also noted that proof of employment must be presented when attending for the jab.

All those with chronic conditions between the ages of 12 and 49, who had a second dose at least six months prior are also eligible for the booster,” the Minister added.

Pregnan women who had their second dose administered at least six months ago were also deemed eligible for booster shots.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 5,708 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 5,544 have recovered, and sadly 106 COVID related deaths.

The source of all active cases is as follows:

·         14 are Imported

·         35 are classified as local transmission

·         9 are Under Investigation

Active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and type:

·         Imported cases: 93% are fully vaccinated, and 7% are not vaccinated

·         Local/Under Investigation cases: 23% are fully vaccinated, and 77% are not vaccinated

·         Of the active cases where typing is available, 100% are Delta.

The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

·         679 are Imported

·         5,004 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   3.072 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   1,944 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         13 are Under Investigation