Another five persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in the British Virgin Islands.
This now brings the total number of active cases in the territory to 18.
Statistics from the Ministry of Health indicate that the majority of the active cases are from the main island of Tortola, which has 14.
Three other COVID patients are isolated on vessels in BVI waters while the final active case is on Anegada.
One of the patients is currently hospitalised.
Amid the report of increased cases locally, Health Minister Carvin Malone said in a late-night WhatsApp announcement on Sunday that “a number of events were being tracked for a safe BVI weekend”.
“It cannot be said enough — COVID is fighting it’s last battle. We’re almost there! Do your part. Don’t hesitate — vaccinate,” Malone urged.
The government is planning to roll out a mass testing exercise this week following news that a COVID-19 patient had attended a relatively well-attended funeral two Saturdays ago.
At least four legislators including the Premier and the Opposition Leader have been in isolation because of that event.
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