Another eight samples from the Virgin Islands have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad to test for COVID-19, bringing the total awaiting test results to 17.
The Virgin Islands has 3 confirmed cases of the virus and has since been in curfew mode to prevent community spread.
“A further eight samples were sent today for testing, taking the total awaiting test results to 17,” Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert said in a statement on Saturday, April 4, 2020 as the Virgin Islands proceeded on a 14-day lockdown.
Cabinet said it is basing its lockdown plans on scientific research that has identified how effective isolating can be in stopping the spread of this virus.
Police will be patrolling- Gov Jaspert
The public has been ordered to strictly observe the curfew as a result and warned that non-compliance can result in prosecution.
“This means that unless you are classified as an essential worker on duty as set out by our government you are now required to stay at home continuously. You should not go out, you should not be on the streets at any time during the day or night for the next 14 days. This means not leaving your house or yard for any reason unless it is an emergency.
“Police will be patrolling and will enforce the curfew and can arrest for breach of the curfew if necessary,” Governor Jaspert warned.