Health Ministry officials reported an unprecedented seven COVID related deaths this morning, since the last update, with 182 cases in the latest round of 4,982 tests, taking the total number of active cases up to 1,612 active cases.
“I am extremely sorry to report today seven COVID related deaths,” said Minister of Health, Kim Wilson.
“This is very sad news, and I extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased during this difficult time.
“This outbreak is serious, and I am sad to see where we are today,” the Minister added.
“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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the number of patients in hospital battling the virus jumped to 65 are in hospital, 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.
Additionally, since the last update, there have been 110 recoveries and seven (7) deaths.
Of the 1,612 active cases, 1,547 are under public health monitoring.
Since the last update on Wednesday, there were 17 new COVID admissions in the hospital and eight (8) COVID discharges.
Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 4,982 confirmed coronavirus cases, out of which 3,318 have recovered, and sadly 52 COVID related deaths.
The source of all active cases is as follows:
● 82 are Imported
● 317 are classified as local transmission of which:
o 317 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
o 0 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
● 1213 are Under Investigation
Active cases by vaccination status, transmission, and type:
• Imported cases: 95% are fully vaccinated, and 5% are not vaccinated
• Local/Under Investigation cases: 36% are fully vaccinated, and 64% 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:
● 587 are Imported
● 2,901 are classified as local transmission of which:
o 2,341 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
o 560 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
● 1,494 are Under Investigation