The number of new COVID-19 cases in Bermuda continues to fall as the Ministry of Health reported only 12 new positive cases in the latest round of 1,260 test results received since the last update.

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

“The additional five 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.”

There were also 31 recoveries and no deaths and there are now 582 active cases, of which 551 are under public health monitoring and 31 are in hospital with seven (7) in intensive care;

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2,374 confirmed cases of coronavirus, out of which a total of 1768 have recovered, and sadly 24 COVID related deaths.

Health Minister Kim Wilson said: “If you wish to get vaccinated, now is the time.

“The Department of Health will do all that it can to make vaccinations accessible. Our Mobile Vaccination Team will continue the outreach programme to increase access to COVID-19 vaccines with a ride through, drive-through, and walk through venue at Southampton Princess, Thursday, April 29 and Sunday, May 2 at TCD, from 10am – 2pm. The drive-in venue is specifically for persons who have not yet registered for the COVID-19 vaccine, do not have access to the internet, and prefer to register in person or have additional questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Additionally, the Bermuda College vaccination centre will continue to be open for walk-ins from 9am to 1pm from Monday – Friday. The Bermuda College vaccination centre is not open on weekends. If you require a weekend appointment, please register for the vaccine on gov.bm, call the COVID-19 helpline on 444-2498, or attend this weekend’s walk-in vaccination clinic at TCD.

“Those with appointments at the Bermuda College vaccination centre will be contacted to attend the Old Wing of KEMH for their vaccination. The vaccination hotline is doing follow up phone calls to confirm the date and time of those switched appointments.”

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.