Sadly, Bermuda recorded another COVID related death last night, taking the island death toll due to this pandemic to 127.

But the number of active cases has dropped for the first time in weeks, with 123 new cases recorded since the last update on Monday, taking the number of active cases down to 277 from 312 cases.

Health Minister Kim Wilson extended heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.

She also expressed concern that “there are far too many positive cases” and “increased hospitalisations”.

“Living safely with COVID requires us to look out for our safety and to care about the safety of others, especially our vulnerable persons,” said the Minister.

“There are far too many positive cases in our community, and we have increased hospitalisations.

“It also saddens me that there are coronavirus related deaths every week. Please practice healthy behaviours and consider the safety of yourself and others.”

There are currently 11 people battling the coronavirus in hospital, with one of them in intensive care.

Five of the new cases were classified as coming in from overseas.

The remaining 118 new cases were listed as on-island transmissions or under investigation.

Since the last update, the Ministry of Health has received 3,674 test results.

Of the 277 active cases:

·266 are under public health monitoring; and

·11 are in hospital, with 1 in intensive care.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 12,354 coronavirus cases, out of which 11,950 have recovered.

The source of all active cases is as follows:

·17 are Imported

·121 are classified as local transmission

·139 are Under Investigation

The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

·2,333 are Imported

·9,615 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   4,439 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   5,176 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·406 are Under Investigation

 Since January 11, 2021, Bermuda residents have received a total of 127,090 vaccinations.

 Of the 127,090 vaccinations given as of March 19, 2022:

·52% are women and,

·48% are men

87.0% of all residents over the age of 65 years have had at least one vaccination, and 85.7% are fully immunised.

To date, 75.2% of the population has been vaccinated (1 dose), and 72.9% of the population has been immunised (2 doses).

 Additionally, 72.2% of those eligible for a booster have received their booster.

“As a reminder, the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine is now available for persons who had their third dose more than five months ago and are immunosuppressing conditions, older than 65 or residents of residential care homes,” the Minister added.

“The fourth dose booster will be available by appointment at Pier 6 on March 24 and March 25, 2022, then walk-ins from Monday, March 28, to March 31, 2022, between 12 noon and 5.30pm. 

“Anyone wishing a booster vaccine can book an appointment on www.gov.bm by selecting ‘Book a Booster Vaccine Appointment’. They may also call the Vaccination Hotline at 444-2498 (option #2) or e-mailvaccine@gov.bm.”

“Please remember that living safely with COVID means we must continue to follow public health guidance. Keep a safe distance from others in public, wear a mask, and avoid closed spaces, crowded places and close contact settings. Practice good hand hygiene, have proper ventilation indoors, take an at-home antigen test before going to events and socialising, and get vaccinated and boosted.”