Sadly, Bermuda recorded another two deaths due to COVID-19, taking the total number of lives lost to 45, as health officials announced another 168 new cases with 1,547 active cases.

The number of patients in hospital has also increased to 58 with 14 people in intensive care.

Public health officials are now monitoring just under 1,500 cases.

Health Minister Kim Wilson said: “This month we have seen quite a few deaths and I realise this is causing unbearable pain for so many families.

“I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who recently lost a loved one to circumstances related to the coronavirus.

As the number of active cases increases, primarily through community transmission, we need to remember that these are not just numbers – these are people getting sick and dying,” she added.

Of the 168 new cases reported, 148 of them were classified as either on-island transmissions or were still under investigation.

The remaining 20 cases were imported by people who had a history of overseas travel in the last 14 days.

There have been 132 recoveries since the last update.

To date, there have been 4,800 COVID cases since the global pandemic hit our shores last March with 3,208 recoveries, with a total of 302 of the active cases reported classified as on-island transmissions and 89 came in from overseas.