Most of Bermuda’s new infections linked to UK strain — Premier

Premier of Bermuda David Burt says over70 per cent of the island’s active coronavirus infections are linked to the UK variant of the virus.

Premier of Bermuda David Burt

Burt made the revelation in a series of tweets, where he further disclosed that the UK variant, more formally known as B.1.1.7, is more easily transmissible.

“Coronavirus fatigue is real, but we can’t let our guard down. 24/31 of #Bermuda’s active #Coronavirus cases are the ‘UK Variant’,” said Burt on Twitter.

“This strain is known to be more transmissible & is also more deadly. As you move around the island – please remember to follow the rules,” added Burt.

“We are fortunate to have access to vaccines & are top 10 in the world in testing & vaccinations, but we need to be sensible.”

– Premier of Bermuda David Burt

He stressed the need for residents to follow COVID-19 protocols amid reports of growing fatigued with measures aimed at preventing the spread.

Recently, police were called to East End to break -up a birthday celebration which had over 30 people in attendance

Under Bermudan law, a maximum of 25 people is allowed to gather.

Burt said despite the country being among one of the more fortunate with access to the vaccine regionally, good sense still needs to prevail.

“It is vital that we follow the simple precautions in place to limit transmission while we continue to immunise our seniors & the vulnerable. We are fortunate to have access to vaccines & are top 10 in the world in testing & vaccinations, but we need to be sensible.”