Covid-19: 18 New Positive Results, 75 Active

December 7, 2020

[Updated] There have been 18 more positive Covid-19 results — 13 classified as local transmission with known contact/source and 5 under investigation — so Bermuda now has 306 total confirmed positive cases to date, with 75 currently active.

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A Government spokesperson said, “There were 1458 test results received by the Ministry of Health over the weekend [5-6 December 2020], and eighteen were positive for COVID-19.

“Thirteen of the new cases are classified as local transmission with known contact/source with details as follows:

  • 5 residents who were under quarantine as close contacts [2 household, 3 workplace] of known cases
  • 8 residents who are associated with a social cluster

“The remaining 5 new cases are classified as under investigation. These cases are among residents with no history of travel or any currently identified links to other known cases or clusters.

“Bermuda now has 306 total confirmed positive cases. Their status is as follows:

  • there are 75 active cases, of which
  • 73 are under public health monitoring and
  • 2 are hospitalized with 1 in critical care;
  • a total of 222 have recovered, and
  • the total deceased remains 9.

“The average age of all confirmed positive cases is 49 years and the age range is 0 to 101 years.

“To protect privacy and confidentiality, the average age and age range of the hospitalized cases will not be provided.

“The average age of all deceased cases is 74 years and the age range is 57 to 91 years.

“The source of all cases is as follows:

  • 128 are Imported
  • 140 are Local transmission, with known contact/source
  • 21 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source, and
  • 17 are under investigation

“As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.

“The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is greater than 1 [1.12]. Bermuda’s country status is under review but currently ‘Clusters of Cases’.

The Minister of Health Kim Wilson said, “As I said during last night’s Facebook Live, I want to reassure members of the public that when a contact tracer reaches out to you, any information that you provide will be kept private and used only for outbreak investigation. Positive cases are allocated a case number; and that is how they are referred to during internal discussions. Therefore I would like to ask persons who are contacted by our contact tracers to please be forthcoming with information as it pertains to your close contacts. We need this to be able to trace the potential spread of the virus…and potentially save lives.”

Update: Also, on a technical note, Bernews upgraded the chart to include active cases. Please note it is interactive, for example you can click the ‘recovered’ [or any other category] to remove that line and can also hover your mouse [or finger if on an iPad] to see the numbers for the date.

For a full look at the testing results, including all the Government data spanning back to March 2020 and another interactive chart with total and negative tests results, please see the test results page on our dedicated Covid website

Update 10.19pm: The Government always provides the ‘average age of all confirmed cases’, which has now dropped from 51 to 49, and the Premier confirmed, via Twitter, that “the average age of 18 cases announced today is 31.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    It appears we are seeing the predicted “second wave”

  2. Confused says:

    So instead of just making it mandatory to quarantine for 14 days when arriving to the island regardless if resident or tourist we just going to keep letting these people roam free and infect everyone? Our health is way more important at this point!! take these steps before you lock us down.

    • jj ff says:

      14 day quarantine for everyone is unsustainable because it will destroy our tourism product. Force government to pay unemployment and combined lead our economy into further ruin.

      There is no right answer but there many solutions that simply will not work.

      • fredericka says:

        Well the tourism product doesn’t look too inviting at this time now does it?

      • MLL says:

        But in the long run, we are losing our coveted status as a country that clamps down on Coronavirus and is safe to visit. That’s going to cost us tourists and those applying for the 1 year work remotely from Bermuda work permit. You are right, there is no one right answer. But there has to be a better solution than this.

        • Tourist says:

          Precisely. We were scheduled to stay for six months, but have decided to leave now after just two. We came here because we wanted to escape Covid, and we are so disappointed that it didn’t work out. FWIW, we would have been thrilled to quarantine in order to be able to live freely afterwards.

      • trufth says:

        You must be new here, it’s Winter. This is not our tourist season. Seriously, can someone do some fast math and tell us just how many tourists are coming here and what their on-island spending amounts to? My guess is that it isn’t worth us going back into lockdown. Close the airport, let us support our own businesses and get back to zero cases like we were.

  3. Lockdown says:

    Lock down is our only choice because 53 cases in 8 days for Bermuda is a lot. In my opinion businesses that are able to do work from home should do so and schools should close until the holiday ends or go straight into online school and with 2 schools closing on the same day and other schools closing before.

    • Portia says:

      Nope. It was a disaster. If the lockdown worked before, why would we need to lockdown again? If it didn’t work in March why would we attempt it again? WHO has even confirmed, lockdowns are NOT good.

      • Incognito says:

        No lockdown did work, but they reopened the airport without proper measures

    • Raskarr says:

      Well, why don’t we just lockdown for the rest of our lives then- this virus isn’t going anywhere. Destroy the economy, ruin the holidays. How great!

  4. Donderered says:

    According to chart – thank you bernews – we have our highest number of active cases

  5. Unbelievable says:

    Maybe the organisers of this silly and dangerous anti-mask protest that is meant happen on Friday will pay attention. And that includes the authorities.

    • Ringmaster says:

      Clearly a violation of the 20 people max and requirement to wear masks rules. Hopefully the authorities will arrest them all and the courts fine them appropriately, despite the organizer’s connection within the PLP. Sounds like a repeat of the Blu fiasco, same issues, same people.

      • Unbelievable says:

        Like their lives are so upended over mask wearing. Silly and dangerous. Burt needs to step in and control his “connection”.

        • Portia says:

          “It’s just a silly mask.”
          “It’s just a silly vaccine.”
          “It’s just your silly business being closed down.”
          “It’s just your silly life…”

      • Henry T says:

        Pepper spray them and watch how fast they don masks.

      • Wing nut says:

        If you noticed the premier on tv the other night refused comment, so probably safe to say they won’t do nuffin.. zaney boys

      • Portia says:

        They have EVERY RIGHT to protest. If you feel uncomfortable stay home! Was anyone arrested when the BLM protests happened this summer? NO! So don’t try to push rules on some people and not others.

        • Unbelievable says:

          The BLM march wasn’t against wearing a mask or against a vaccine. Protesting is one thing but protesting so that you don’t EVER have to wear a mask is completely irresponsible. These people don’t want to wear masks in supermarkets, shops, the street, anywhere. They also are saying that they don’t want a vaccine. It’s silly and it’s downright dangerous.

    • anti trump says:

      gotta be a bunch of brainwashed trump like idiots.they would only be ones that dont give a s&1t about others only themselves

  6. lion says:

    The Gov is refusing to use the term Community Spread. They say they are following the WHO, but the WHO is not taking into consideration the population in our little 21 miles. Bermuda is a community and we have the virus spreading. We clearly have community spread. We all need to act like everyone is infected and keep our mask on and social distance

  7. Pop says:

    Who cares

    • Unbelievable says:

      Your comment is cruel, callous and selfish.

    • more brains says:

      obviouslyyour deranged, we care. Whats our R number and what direction is it going compared to lets say theUK. I somehow doubt you know what the r factor is

  8. Unbelievable 2 says:

    All those that don’t want to wear mask and not taking this virus serious needs to all be put in one big room with the virus so they could then take it serious. So annoyed by these lot. I don’t want no harm on anyone but damn peoples this is serious stuff. STOP BEING SELFISH AND WEAR YOUR MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS, AND SOCIAL DISTANCE!!! What’s so hard to do this?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?