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Sunday, Jan 24, 2021

COVID cases climb to 11, fines increase

COVID cases climb to 11, fines increase

Health Minister Carvin Malone revealed this number Thursday night, December 17. The minister said all the active cases were imported and were confirmed either after the first COVID-19 test immediately after landing or after the second test on the fourth day of quarantine.

Two of the active cases are returning residents and nine are tourists or non-residents.

“All persons were deemed non-symptomatic and are safe and secured in quarantine until they have completed the re-test protocols yielding negative results to be considered recovered,” Malone said.

Fines increase

Cabinet has also increased the fines for persons who breach COVID-19 protocols:

1. Fines for deliberate tamper and damage to geo-fencing (tracking) devices are up from $125 to $2,000.

2. Unauthorised visits to those under quarantine will pull a fine of $5,000 up from $500.

3. Failure to comply with a quarantine order will see offenders charged a fine between $5,000 and $10,000

4. Those who contravene the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines face a fine of $10,000 up from $1,000.

The fine increases come just days after it was revealed that a traveller who tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in the BVI, left the quarantine area without approval and put more than 16 persons at risk of contracting the virus.


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