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Archive for July, 2021

The BVIHSA's Senior Medical Officer, Dr Shaun Ramroop explains rapid antigen testing to Health Minister Carvin Malone. (photo provided)

Rapid COVID tests start at major ports of entry locally

The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has announced that rapid antigen testing is now officially part of the territory’s COVID 19 screening process. The BVIHSA said this alternative coronavirus testing option was rolled out at the Road Town Ferry terminal […]

by / on July 27, 2021 at 7:35 AM /
The Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital in Road Town

Challenging times but hospital not underfunded — Premier

Reports that the Health Ministry has been cash strapped and the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has seen diminished supplies have been dismissed by Premier Andrew Fahie.  In an appearance on JTV’s The Big Story recently, the Premier said once the hospital […]

by / on July 27, 2021 at 7:29 AM /
FIA Director, Errol George.

Inadequate funding hindering BVI’s Financial Investigation Agency

Director of the Financial Investigation Agency (FIA), Errol George, has listed funding as one of the weaknesses hindering the FIA from carrying out its work more effectively. He said the current funding the FIA receives is inadequate, adding that most, […]

by / on July 27, 2021 at 6:41 AM /

Outrageous! Penn calls on gov’t to rescind ‘political advisers decision’

Opposition Leader Marlon Penn has called for the governing Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to rescind its recent decision to hire political advisers to service Cabinet and juniors ministers within the government. The government said it will hire up to nine […]

by / on July 26, 2021 at 12:51 PM /
Premier Andrew Fahie

Untrue! Gov’t political advisers will not collectively earn $1M yearly

Premier Andrew Fahie has dispelled claims that his government’s initiative to introduce ministerial political advisers will cost as much as one million dollars per year. A cabinet document recently disclosed that the government’s nine advisers are expected to be paid as […]

by / on July 26, 2021 at 9:12 AM /
President of the BVI Horse Owners Association Patsy Lake

We’re ungrateful! The BVI has too many gov’t critics — Patsy Lake

Local businesswoman, Patsy Lake, has complained that the BVI may have too many critics, especially when it comes to decisions made by the government. Appearing on the Honestly Speaking radio programme recently, Lake defended decisions made by the current Virgin […]

by / on July 26, 2021 at 8:46 AM /
Nearly half of local businesses back employee vaccination requirement

Nearly half of local businesses back employee vaccination requirement

Nearly 50 percent of local businesses that participated in a recent survey from the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association (BVICCHA) have said they support requiring employee vaccination. Almost 20 percent of these businesses also indicated that vaccines should […]

by / on July 26, 2021 at 7:35 AM /
No COVID variants of concern found in BVI — Chief Medical Officer

No COVID variants of concern found in BVI — Chief Medical Officer

Samples returned from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) have revealed no variants of concern, and more importantly, no traces of the much-feared Delta variant of COVID-19 in the BVI. This news, which the Acting Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr […]

by / on July 26, 2021 at 7:20 AM /
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$390K contract signed for asphalt works on 6 road projects

The government has issued a contract to dump more than a quarter-million dollars worth of asphalt to service multiple road development projects in the BVI. The Ministry of Transportation & Works in collaboration with the Recovery & Development Agency (RDA) […]

by / on July 26, 2021 at 6:59 AM /
Premier Andrew Fahie

Two more deaths even as BVI sees decline in COVID cases

Health officials this evening (Friday, July 23) announced two more COVID-19 related deaths; pushing the territory’s coronavirus death toll to 25 persons. The news comes as current positive cases saw a significant decline and now stand at 1,109 — down […]

by / on July 23, 2021 at 11:35 PM /