Another new case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been confirmed in the British Virgin Islands.
This brings the total number of cases that have been confirmed in the territory to six; with three recoveries, one death, and two active cases.
In a public statement on Friday, April 24, Health Minister Carvin Malone said the two active cases are now in isolation at the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital in Road Town.
Malone said this new case was tested among eight others but those eight tested negative for the virus.
In the meantime, Malone announced that an “aggressive” contact-tracing effort is being conducted by local health officials.
He also said 189 other persons are currently in quarantine in the territory.
Home testing being introduced
And in further developments, Malone announced that a “dedicated home-visiting service has been introduced to allow for COVID-19 testings to be done in private homes”.
He then made clear that “the deployment of healthcare workers or contact-tracing teams in the community, wearing protective gears does not necessarily indicate that a new COVID-19 case has been discovered at that location”.
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