The British Virgin Islands have returned all negative results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) following the latest testing of 27 samples for the Coronavirus 2019 Disease (COVID-19).
Minister for Health Carvin Malone made the announcement during a national media conference late Wednesday.
He said: “Tonight, I am pleased to say that over the course of this week 27 samples were tested by CARPHA and all results were negative for the virus that causes COVID-19, 10 recently reported and 17 new results received today.”
Minister Malone also said nine additional samples are pending at the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA), and will soon be sent to CARPHA.
He also said testing in the territory will be soon be severely boosted.
“The BVIHSA is also expecting to receive additional supplies during the course of this week that will enable the territory to ramp up testing significantly. It is through extensive testing that we will be able to detect and contain any remaining cases of COVID-19, thereby minimizing the risk of transmission in the Territory,” he stated.
The 27 samples bring the total number of persons tested in the territory for COVID-19 to 120. Of that total, 114 persons were negative, while six were positive, with three fully recovered and one deceased.
The territory currently has two active COVID-19 cases.
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