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Saturday, Nov 28, 2020

Curfew extended as 3rd case confirmed

Curfew extended as 3rd case confirmed

Three days after the third COVID-19 case was confirmed in the territory, a 14-day extension of an initial six-day curfew began yesterday with exceptions for limited travel to groceries, pharmacies, gas stations and other essential businesses.
Premier Andrew Fahie, Governor Gus Jaspert and Health and Social Development Minister Carvin Malone updated more than 5,000 viewers on Facebook on Tuesday night about the new “regime,” which will last until 6 p.m. on April 16 as part of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“The cycle has to be broken,” Mr. Fahie stated. “The cycle cannot continue because we do not have the resources if we have a full-blown situation of positive cases.”

Mr. Malone announced Monday that the third patient is a 26-year-old male who recently travelled to a country “where there is a community spread.”

“All three confirmed cases are due to pertinent travel history,” the minister added. “There is no evidence of local transmission in the British Virgin Islands.”

Following six days of complete lockdown where residents were unable to get groceries, take their trash out, or walk any pets, an extended 14-day lockdown allowed exceptions to visit essential businesses and buy supplies.

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