Eleven new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the latest round of 3,359 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update with the total number of active cases now down to 161.

There are currently nine (9) patients battling the coronavirus in hospital, with two (2) in the Intensive Care Unit.

A Ministry spokeswoman said: “Eight of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact as they are associated with known cases.

“The additional three 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 34 recoveries and no deaths.”

Of the 161 active cases, 52 are under public health monitoring and nine (9) are in hospital, with two (2) in intensive care.

“Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2,477 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which a total of 2,284 have recovered, and sadly 32 COVID related deaths,” the spokeswoman added.

The source of all cases is as follows:

·         298 are Imported

·         2072 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   1632 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   440 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·         107 are Under Investigation

Bermuda’s current WHO country status remains “Community Transmission”.

This week the mobile vaccination programme will be at the following locations:

·          Tuesday, May 18, Penno’s Wharf in St. George’s from 10am – 2pm

·          Thursday, May 20, The Southampton Princess from 10am – 2pm

·          Sunday, May 23, TCD in Hamilton from 10am – 2pm

“For those people who want to hear about the COVID-19 vaccine from a trusted source, we recommend the Close to Home programme as an ideal opportunity to learn more. There are doctors on site to answer any questions that you may have.”

Health Minister Kim Wilson, added: “Today (May 17), I want to recognise our EMS providers in celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week.

This week we pay tribute to our paramedics and emergency medical technicians for their daily efforts and service to our community. Our EMS providers provide essential care, they risk their lives and they save lives.”

In closing, Ms Wilson said: “Each of us has a role to play in stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Follow Public Health guidelines, wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance and download the WeHealth Bermuda app. Do the research, talk with your doctor and make an informed decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.”

For information regarding age distributions and overall transmission categories, please refer to https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-covid19-update.