British Virgin Islands

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2020

Premier shoots down claims he visited family of COVID-19 victim on JvD trip

Said social media has been buzzing with untruths

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie has set the record straight regarding his trip to the sister island of Jost van Dyke over the weekend.

The Premier said, contrary to what is being said on social media, he made no contact with the family of the individual who has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A voice note circulating via WhatsApp alleges that the Premier either had lunch or was in contact with the family of the Vincentian national who resided on JvD and upon her return to her homeland tested for COVID-19 last week.

During the 13th Sitting of the Second Session of the Fourth House of Assembly today, July 21, 2020, Premier Fahie said: “Mr. Speaker, I went Jost van Dyke, and I hear that I was by the person where they were staying and whatever the case may be and I had lunch there. Pure untruths.”
He added: “I didn’t even eat at Jost van Dyke. I was up there for a couple hours, and I didn’t make no contact because I was so conscious of what was happening. I came back over. I went to Frenchman’s Cay.”


Plenty rumours!

The Premier said while he did not want to get into ‘these things’, social media has been buzzing.
“There is so much things out there. Just misinformation! As if going Jost van Dyke is a crime, as if I should feel bad about going Jost van Dyke and not tell the truth about what happened when I went Jost van Dkye. I already sit down and speak to the health people, but I know that this country is long on rumours and short on facts,” he added.

The entire island of Jost van Dyke has been placed on lockdown for 7 days, until July 28, 2020.

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