Tuesday 27 October, 2020

BVI activates Orange Alert to manage & minimise spread of COVID-19

The British Virgin Islands has activated the Orange Alert phase of its COVID-19 response.

According to Minister of Health Carvin Malone the main objective of this part of the territory's COVID plan is to manage and minimise active transmission while also reducing the physical, psychological, social and economic effects of the pandemic.

The Minister identified four steps which he said is critical to the success of this phase of the governments COVID response plan.

Avoid large-scale events
Minister Malone said the virus is known to spread quickly in large scale events and challenged promoters to find creative ways to host events to minimise risks.

Protect the vulnerable to reduce death
The elderly, essential workers and residents with underlying health conditions have a greater risk of contracting the virus. Minister Malone said taking the necessary steps to protect these individuals could reduce the COVID-19 death toll.

Adhere to all COVID-19 protocols
Eash citizen/resident has a responsibility to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 by adhering to all the protocols and guidelines that have been put in place for their protection.

Rigorous contact tracing
The Health Minister said consistent contact tracing will help the authorities identify and where necessary, isolate people who have been exposed to the virus to slow the spread.

Minister Malone said these steps will help the government in its quest to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

To date, the British Virgin Islands has recorded 38 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and one related death.

A new curfew took effect on Wednesday and will remain in effect for 14 days.

The curfew hours are 1 pm to 5 am daily.

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