Health Minister Kim Wilson confirmed another ten more deaths due to COVID-19 this evening, bringing the island’s death toll to 72.

While extending “heartfelt condolences”, the Minister also stated that another 99 new cases were reported in the latest round of 3,721 tests.

“I extend heartfelt condolences to the families and friends who recently lost a loved one,” said Ms Wilson.

But she said the number of active cases fell from 1,470 to 1,453.

The number of patients in hospital also dropped down to 61 from 66, with 11 patients in intensive care.

Six of the island’s new cases were classified as imported from overseas. The additional 93 cases were classified as either local transmission or remain under investigation.

To date, there have been 106 recoveries since Monday, with 13 hospital admissions and 11 discharges.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 5,244 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 3,719 have recovered, and sadly 72 COVID related deaths.

The source of all active cases is as follows:

●        67 are Imported

●        304 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   304 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   0 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

●        1082 are Under Investigation

Active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and type:

●        Imported cases: 90% are fully vaccinated, and 10% are not vaccinated

●        Local/Under Investigation cases: 20% are fully vaccinated, and 80% are not vaccinated

●        Variant typing is not available at this time due to the prioritisation of test results.

The source of all confirmed cases is as follows:

●        598 are Imported

●        3010 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   2399 are Local transmission with known contact/source and

o   611 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source

●        1636 are Under Investigation

The Minister also noted that a total of 87,215 vaccinations have been administered in Bermuda since January 11.

Of the 87,215 vaccinations given as of September 25, 52 percent are women and 48 oercebt are men, with 84.2 percent of all residents over the age of 65 years have had at least one vaccination, and 82.7 percent are fully immunised.

To date, 68.3 percent of the population has been vaccinated (1 dose), and 66.5 percent of the population has been immunised (2 doses).

Minister Wilson also advised: “If you have COVID-19 and you are looking after yourself at home, here are a few tips from medical experts.

“Have a friend, family member or neighbour check how you are doing daily. Arrange a regular call or talk through a doorway (not face to face).

“If you have a high temperature, get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids (water is best) to avoid dehydration – drink enough, so your urine is light yellow and clear, take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel uncomfortable.

“If you have a cough, it’s best to avoid lying on your back. Lie on your side or sit upright instead. To help ease a cough, try having a teaspoon of honey. But do not give honey to babies under 12 months. If this does not help, you could contact a pharmacist for advice about cough treatments, but do not go to the pharmacy, stay home.

“Be sure to contact your doctor for guidance, and if you do not have a doctor, the hospital has set up a phone number 239-2009 to assist with information on the proper treatment for your symptoms.

Minister Wilson concluded: “I encourage everyone to please do everything you can to protect you and your family from the virus.

“Everyone in our community has an individual responsibility to help stop the spread of the coronavirus,” concluded Minister Wilson. “We are all in this together, and we must all work together to ensure our community is safe. The Delta variant is spreading fast, causing more infections in our community. I urge those who have not been vaccinated to do so now. The COVID-19 vaccines work to prevent severe illness, which may be fatal.”