The British Virgin Islands on Wednesday reported 37 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) over the last 24 hours. This is the largest one-day rise in positive case number since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 in the Territory.
It is a grim reminder of the threat which the coronavirus disease poses to the world.
This new development comes after reports this week of two positive cases from a local supermarket and one positive case from the Magistrate Court.
To date, the BVI, a British Overseas Territory with a population of about 30,000 inhabitants, has a total of 350 positive cases, 300 recoveries and 1 death.
Health Minister Carvin Malone earlier today warned residents to be vigilant in a WhatsApp community group.
“The GOODNESS of Jesus MUST NOT be taken for granted. Our Public Health team and the BVI Health Services Authority are currently undertaking extensive CONTACT TRACING and LABATORY TESTING activities as a result of positive cases reported earlier. BE VIGILANT MY PEOPLE,” the Health Minister stated adding that, a “detailed report of results and findings will follow some time later.”
It was only on 24 June 2021, the United Kingdom announced that the BVI will be on the green list for travel to the UK.
“From 4am on Wednesday, 30 June 2021, British Virgin Islands will move to the green list for entering England.”
Caribbean Update will bring more information on this new development shortly.