Bermuda Reports Significant Increase In Omicron Cases

(CMC) — At least 16 of Bermuda’s 35 active coronavirus cases are of the Omicron variant, up from just two last week, health officials have confirmed.

The news came as 20 people tested positive among the latest batch of 6,762 test results announced on Monday night.

The active cases are all being monitored by public health officials and none is in hospital. There were 24 active cases listed in Thursday’s previous update.

Health officials said 11 of the new cases had come in from overseas. Eight of the remaining nine cases were classed as on-island transmissions and one was listed as under investigation.

Of the imported cases, 92 per cent were fully vaccinated.

For on-island cases or those under investigation, 90 per cent were found in fully vaccinated people – a reversal of earlier trends where most were found in unvaccinated people.

Variant typing was only available for 28 of the active cases, but Omicron now accounts for the majority of known cases.

A further 12 people have been found to have the Delta variant. There have been nine recoveries since last Thursday.

In all, Bermuda has recorded a total of 5,784 cases of COVID-19 with 106 deaths since the start of the pandemic last year.