Bermuda sadly recorded another death due to COVID-19 today.

Bermuda Real was informed early this morning of the latest casualty due to the coronavirus, by sources close to the victim’s family.

There has been no official report by Health officials as of 1:30pm this afternoon. We will have that report when it becomes available.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Health confirmed an unprecedented seven deaths since the last update, which was issued last Wednesday.

As of yesterday, there were 182 new cases reported in the latest round of 4,982 tests, taking the total number of active cases up to 1,612 active cases.

While extending heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of loved ones lost, Health Minister Kim Wilson said on Saturday: “This outbreak is serious, and I am sad to see where we are today.

“This is heartbreaking. More people are getting quite sick, more people are being hospitalised, and sadly, more people are dying.

“We must be mindful of where we go, what we do, who we are with and how careful we are at all times,” she added.

“Be mindful of the fact that, while being vaccinated reduces the risk of severe COVID-19 disease for the majority of vaccinated persons, this does not mean there are zero risks for all. Even if fully vaccinated, your personal health is a key factor in determining whether you will develop full protection, get ill with COVID-19 and, if you do, whether you are at risk of becoming sick enough to be hospitalised or be unfortunate enough to die,” said Ms Wilson.

“So, whether vaccinated or not, everyone must practise sensible public health measures, such as wearing a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor settings. Wash your hands frequently and maintain physical distance. Limit your movements and stay within your household bubble as much as you can.”

At last check, there were 65 patients in hospital battling this virus, with 14 in intensive care.

Six (6) of the new cases are classified as imported with a history of travel in the previous 14 days.

The additional 176 new cases are classified as either local transmission or remain under investigation.