10,000 People Currently Under Quarantine

According to a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health, 10,000 people, almost one-sixth of Bermuda’s population, are currently in quarantine as a result of Bermuda’s fourth major wave of Coronavirus cases; the RG reported today.

According to the spokeswoman, community transmission of the virus is so common that it is only a matter of time before unvaccinated people become infected with the newer and far more contagious Delta variant of the virus. The best protection against the virus, she added, is after receiving two doses of the vaccine.

As of Friday September 17, 66 percent of the population received both doses of the vaccine, and there are around 230 first doses left before the next shipment of vaccines arrives from the U.K. The vaccination team is also looking at options that accommodate existing demand and minimize wastage.

“ We strongly encourage unvaccinated people to do their research with trusted, reliable sources, talk with their physicians and get vaccinated,” the Ministry spokeswoman told the Gazette. “ The more people vaccinated, the better the chance we have at stopping the spread.”

According to her, the Government’s Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory is processing thousands of tests per day, but people should expect their results within at least 24 hours, but it could sometimes take longer.

Anyone who does not receive any result within 36 hours are encouraged to consult with their local physician.
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