(CMR) Bermuda recorded 150 new cases of persons with the coronavirus Monday, the highest number in one day since the start of the pandemic last year. The country now has 1084 active cases, which is also a record high for the British Overseas Territory.
Health Minister Kim Wilson reported 150 new coronavirus cases from 2,929 tests, giving a test positivity rate of 5.1%. Since March 2020, Bermuda has recorded 4027 cases of COVID-19; of this, 2907 have recovered, and 37 have died. There are currently 42 persons hospitalized, with 12 in ICU.
One of the new cases is a person with a recent travel history; however, the other 149 cases are classified as local transmission.
More than 160 people in their 20s have the virus, and 210 people between the ages of 30 and 39 were also infected. The average age of all cases is 39.
The recent spike in cases has seen the implementation of several safety measures. There will be a two-week curfew from 12.30 am until 5 am starting Friday. Essential services will be exempt.
For the next four weeks, restaurants, bars, and clubs will be limited to the number of customers they can serve, with seating limited to ten patrons per table, which must be placed six feet apart.
Bar service will be permitted, but there will be no standing at a bar. The health minister said the police would be given new powers to shut down any establishment that does not comply with the regulations.
Face-masks must be worn indoors and outdoors in crowded settings.