by STAFF WRITER
January 21, 2022
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Jan 21, CMC — Bermuda’s death toll from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has risen by two to 112, but active cases have started to fall, health officials said.
They said there were 14 patients in hospital, including two in intensive care.
The last deaths attributed to the coronavirus were reported in the week of December 20 last year after the first Omicron variant case was logged on December 7.
A total of 622 new cases of COVID-19 were reported among the latest batch of 8,187 test results, carried out between last Friday and Tuesday, but the number of active infections dropped for the first time in the present outbreak as there were 687 recoveries since Monday.
The total fell from 1,953 active cases in Monday’s update to 1,886 on Thursday night.
A total of 104 of the new cases came in from overseas, 38 were classed as on-island transmissions and 480 are under investigation. The latest figures pushed the island’s total known confirmed cases during the pandemic to 9,766.
Officials said the speed of the latest surge in coronavirus cases, attributed to the Omicron variant, showed the high transmissibility of the new strain.
Between December 23 and Monday – 25 days – the total number of cases over the pandemic jumped from about 6,000 to 9,000.