Collective Prevention Services (CPS) has reported an increase in the seven-day moving average number of COVID-19 cases as of Monday, November 9.
The average has increased from a short-term trend of five per day to eight per day. “While these numbers are still small, it reflects a 60 per cent increase in cases over the last 10 days,” the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor VSA stated in a press release on Monday. “The island has also experienced an additional death, while six individuals remain hospitalised.”
According to the release, the recent increase can be related to a combination of factors: the recent Halloween festivities, an increase in the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) window for incoming travellers, the phased reopening of schools, an increase in the number of tests administered and the emergence of several clusters. CPS said it is planning additional public health messaging campaigns in the upcoming weeks to remind individuals of the need to remain compliant with the public health measures — wearing masks, social distancing and washing hands — especially moving into high season.
“For today, November 9, there were 896 confirmed cases and 801 recovered cases.
In addition, we would like to remind the 72 active cases, and the 240 close contacts in quarantine, of the importance of staying home, practising proper hygiene and wearing your mask to protect those around you,” concluded VSA Minister Richard Panneflek.
The Daily Herald.