Nine more persons in the British Virgin Islands have been tested for the coronavirus and are now awaiting their results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad.
Health Minister Carvin Malone made the announcement during live public broadcast on Wednesday, April 1.
“The results will be known shortly - maybe within the next 48 to 60 hours,” the minister said.
Faster turnover time
Malone said the territory is now receiving test results at a much faster rate since there are three flights that arrive from Trinidad per week.
He said CARPHA officials travel to the territory to collect tests every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday — an arrangement organised by CARICOM and its Regional Security System.
Malone further said the 143 persons who are currently quarantined locally were also retested to determine whether further quarantine and/or isolation measures will be necessary.
With new nine cases pending, the BVI’s total tested cases to date now moves to 61, with 49 confirmed negative and three confirmed positives.