Tuesday 27 October, 2020

BVI reports 16 new COVID-19 cases and 10 recoveries

Minister of Health Carvin Malone.

Minister of Health Carvin Malone.

The British Virgin Island’s coronavirus (COVID-19) tally jumped to 63 with the confirmation of 16 cases on Friday evening.

Minister of Health Carvin Malone confirmed the cases in a national broadcast Friday evening.

Malone did not give specifics on the infected persons only noting that they came from “small clusters” linked to families, social or workplace settings.

The Minister noted that testing at the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital reached a milestone when 1,823 new people were tested for the virus over an 18 day period.

“The lab currently has capacity to test another 3,000 samples. Efforts are underway to procure additional testing supplies and other arrangements have been put in place to boost testing capacity,” Malone stated.

“While testing for persons requesting certificates for travel and emergency admittance to the hospital will continue at the facility erected at the main hospital, the Sea Cows Bay Community Centre has now been fully commissioned as a temporary testing site for repatriates exiting quarantine and for persons identified through the process of contact tracing.”

During the address, Malone also announced that 10 patients have recovered from the virus.

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