Premier Andrew Fahie has pleaded for continued vigilance as active COVID-19 cases in the BVI surged to 95 persons in recent days.
-19 epidemiological summary released by the Health Ministry yesterday, April 21 shows that along with the 95 cases, there are now four persons currently hospitalised as a result of contracting the virus.
The epidemiological summary also shows that the bulk of these cases – 86 infected persons – reside on the main island of Tortola while a scant few reside on Virgin Gorda (eight persons). Only one infected person has been found on Jost Van Dyke, based on tests conducted.
It should be noted that the latest figures for the current active cases reflect testing that was done on April 20 and reported on April 21.
The summary also classified 62 of the infected persons as local cases and indicated that 24 persons have tested positive for COVID
-19 between entry screening on day-zero and day-five.
Some 17,187 persons have been recorded as being fully vaccinated while a further 1,443 persons are listed as partially vaccinated, according to the Health Ministry.
Just days ago, the government announced a relaxation of COVID
-19 protocols and put an end to the quarantine requirements for persons entering the territory.
The government also advised that wearing a mask outdoors is no longer required.
At the time, Health Minister Carvin Malone said, “these relaxation in protocols are in keeping with international and regional norms given the less severe impacts of the new variants, the current capabilities of the health system, the ready availability of vaccines
, balanced with the need to continue to allow increasing levels of economic activity moving forward.”
According to Malone who has continued to insist that the BVI is not out of the proverbial woods with regard to the virus, the new relaxed measures shift further responsibility towards the public in taking personal responsibility to manage and mitigate their own risks associated with COVID