Friday 4 December, 2020

British Virgin Islands added to CDC 'avoid travel' list

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The British Virgin Islands is the latest in a string of Caribbean islands to have a travel warning issued against it by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC classified the BVI as having level 3 for COVID-19 transmission which means the risk of contracting the virus is high and new cases are increasing.

In it's advisory, the CDC questions the British territory's ability to treat with a severe illness often caused by COVID-19.

Travellers have been advised to avoid and consider postponing essential and non-essential travel to the territory.

The advisory further stated: "Within the last 14 days, new cases of COVID-19 in the British Virgin Islands increased. If you get sick and need medical care, resources may be limited.  Some examples of essential travel  may include travelling for humanitarian and aid work, medical reasons or family emergencies."

The CDC said people who fall into at-risk groups should consider postponing all travel including essential travel to the British Virgin Islands.

In a recent statement, Premier Andrew Fahie said that there are only eight ventilators in the British Virgin Islands.

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