The number of COVID cases in Bermuda continued on a downward trend, down by 36 to 241 from the 277 active cases recorded last week.

Since the last update, the Ministry of Health received 4,929 test results, 102 were positive for the coronavirus.

Eleven (11) of the new cases were classified as imported with a history of travel in the previous 14 days.

The additional 91 new cases were classified as either local transmission (40) or under investigation (51). 

Additionally, there were 138 recoveries.

There are 241 active cases, of which:

·231 are under public health monitoring; and

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

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 12,456 coronavirus cases, out of which 12,088 have recovered, and sadly there have been 127 coronavirus-related deaths.

The source of all active cases is as follows:

·20 are Imported

·100 are classified as local transmission

·121 are Under Investigation

The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

·2344 are Imported

·9680 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   4479 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   5201 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

·432 are Under Investigation

It was also noted that the fourth dose booster is still available at Pier 6.

But the Ministry said: “Due to demand, there will be no walk-ins at Pier 6.

“Instead, the Ministry of Health plans to continue the fourth dose booster at another location after March 31.

“Details will be announced shortly.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.”

As a reminder, after March 31, an indoor mask mandate will continue for the following settings only:

•        for those in healthcare or institutional settings, such as healthcare facilities, nursing homes, rest homes and Corrections facilities;

•        for those providing transportation for the public, which includes  the indoor spaces of ferries, as well as on buses, taxis and minibuses; and,

•        inside at the Airport

 Health Minister Kim Wilson added: “Businesses can set mask requirements for entry to their premises and for access to services which are appropriate for their establishments, and we encourage them to do so.

“Businesses have the right to set a mask policy, and all customers, clients and staff must comply with it.

“Masks effectively control the spread of the virus, and anyone who wishes to wear a mask is encouraged to continue to wear one, especially when physical distancing is impossible indoors, outdoors, when we are around strangers and in poorly ventilated settings. Wearing a mask is vital to people who have compromised immunity or are unvaccinated.

“Please remember that living safely with COVID means we must continue to follow public health guidance,” said the Minister.

“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.”