COVID-19 has claimed another life according to the latest update released today by the Ministry of Health, bringing the total to 142 since this pandemic began in 2020.

The Ministry received 4,020 test results — 266 were positive taking the total number of active cases on island to 307, with 18 patients battling COVID in hospital.

Acting Minister of Health, Jason Hayward said: “I am sad to report that Bermuda has had another coronavirus-related death.

“I extend sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased.”

Of the 307 active cases, 289 are under public health monitoring. And while there are 18 people in hospital, the good news is there are no patients with COVID in intensive care.

Of the new cases reported, 107 of the new cases were classified as imported with a history of travel in the previous 14 days. The additional 159 new cases are classified as either local transmission (62) or under investigation (97). Additionally, there were 338 recoveries.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 16,988 coronavirus cases, out of which 16,539 have recovered.

The source of all active cases is as follows:

  • 122 are Imported
  • 75 are classified as local transmission
  • 110 are Under Investigation

The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

  • 3,502 are Imported
  • 13,107 are classified as local transmission of which:
    • 5,667 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
    • 7,440 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 379 are Under Investigation
  • 122 are Imported
  • 75 are classified as local transmission
  • 110 are Under Investigation

“Most people are ready to move past the pandemic, but COVID-19 is still widespread in our community, and around the world. The virus continues to evolve, and we see rapid transmission on the island,” Mr Hayward added.

“The main symptoms are a sore throat, body aches and headaches, and, also, blocked or runny nose, cough, hoarse voice, sneezing, fatigue and muscle aches. Mild symptoms are still symptoms to be concerned about. Stay home if you have any symptoms. It often takes a few days to test positive after you get symptoms.

“As Minister Wilson stated last week, COVID-19 remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, which was reconfirmed by the World Health Organisation last week.

“To avoid the risks of getting infected, wear a face mask, practice good hand hygiene, and maintain physical distance. Importantly, ensure there is proper ventilation when you are indoors. Fresh air ventilation is essential for any building or internal space and protects all of us from infections such as COVID. We should all increase fresh air ventilation wherever possible when indoors. Take an at-home antigen test before going to Cup Match or any event or gathering.”