The number of COVID-19 cases active in the British Virgin Islands has rocketed to 49. This is up from the 13 cases reported earlier this week.
Forty-two of the total known cases are on the main island of Tortola while the remaining seven are on the sister island of Virgin Gorda.
The Health Ministry’s latest epidemiological summary dated Wednesday, July 30 has indicated that the majority of the cases are “mildly symptomatic” while six are have not displayed any symptoms.
News of these increased cases follows a media bulletin from the Heath Ministry advising persons who attended Bregado Flax Educational Centre’s graduation ceremony this week to self-quarantine and contact the Public Health Unit. A similar advisory was issued to persons who recently visited select clubs on Tortola recently.
Other establishments such as OneMart Superstore in Purcell Estate and the Magistrate’s Court on Tortola have reported having employees who have tested positive. The supermarket has reported two cases while the court reported having one. Both establishments have taken requisite precautions to prevent the possibility of spreading the virus.
These new cases now bring the territory’s total number of recorded positive cases to 350.
The Public Health Unit is currently undertaking a major contact-tracing exercise in light of this COVID