Another New Positive Coronavirus Case Identified Today

The Ministry of Health received 1445 test results since the last update, and one (1) was positive for COVID-19. This gives a test positivity rate of 0.1%.

The new case is classified as under investigation. It is a resident with no currently identified link to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.

Additionally, since the last update, there were no recoveries and no deaths.
There are currently five (5) active cases, of which;
·           4 are under public health monitoring and;
·           One (1) is in the hospital, with none (0) in intensive care.

Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 2499 total confirmed cases of COVID-19; out of those, 2461 persons have recovered, and sadly, there have been 33 COVID related deaths.

The source of all cases is as follows:
·         308 are Imported
·         2189 are classified as local transmission of which:

o   1682 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
o   507 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
·         2 are Under Investigation
As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.
The seven-day average of our real-time reproduction number is less than 1.
Bermuda’s current WHO country status remains “Community Transmission”.

Bermuda’s WHO country status could be changed to “Sporadic Cases” on June 21 2021, if our epidemiological situation continues to meet the criteria, i.e. case numbers remain low, and any detected cases are either imported or linked to imported or other known cases.

Bermuda’s current PAHO country status is Sporadic Cases.

I will now provide an update on our vaccination programme…
We have completed the twenty-second full week of vaccinations. Since January 11 Bermuda has administered a total of 76,526 vaccinations – a figure that rises to 76,860 if you include vaccinations on Sunday June 13 and Monday June 14 as well!

Of the 76,526 vaccinations given as of June 12:
52% are women, and,
48% are men.
81.6% of all residents over the age of 65 years have had at least one vaccination, and 76.4% are fully immunised.

To date, 64.0% of the total population has been vaccinated (1 dose), and 55.4% of the total population has been immunised (2 doses).

We have had questions about the percentage of the population that is eligible to be vaccinated. To date, 72% of the eligible population has been vaccinated with one (1) dose, and 62% of the eligible population has been immunised (2 doses).

We have confirmation from Government House that 4,680 more Pfizer vaccine doses are arriving next week from the UK, which is excellent!

This will allow us to continue to offer vaccinations to as many people as possible. The more people who are immunised, the safer our community becomes, and I am pleased to announce that we can now end most public health restrictions due to our significant progress in controlling the virus as reflected in our updated country status.

However, the following restrictions will remain: a maximum of 100 people for large group gatherings and the wearing masks indoors (particularly when not eating or drinking).

Regarding face masks, by now all of us know a face mask is a key preventive measure when it comes to the slowing spread of the coronavirus. We also know that we have not yet conquered this global pandemic. So, mask wearing indoors – the setting most likely to result in transmission – will continue for some time to come.

What does this mean for gyms, for example? Gym owners will no longer need to space their equipment. However, when not working out, staff and patrons must wear a mask. To be blunt: we don’t know who is and who isn’t vaccinated, and now is not the time to end our vigilance completely. We have come too far and worked too hard for the success we’ve achieved. The entire Bermuda community deserves relaxations but within this reasonable limit: wear a mask indoors.

We are completing all of the necessary amendments to finalise the Quarantine Order pertaining to mandatory quarantine.
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