Following the confirmed death of the female patient who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) locally, government has suspended the phased internal reopening of the territory.
Premier Andrew Fahie made that announcement during a national broadcast on Saturday afternoon, April 18.
He said: “We were all looking forward to the phased relaxing of the curfews and restrictions next week … But you would understand that the present circumstances leave us no choice but to adjust these plans to ensure your safety”.
“In this regard, the phased reopening has to be pushed back and we need to extend our the 24-hour curfew for just a few days more from today onwards,” Fahie said.
How will residents access food?
As it relates to residents getting access to food, the Premier said: “Your government, Cabinet, HEOC, is working on a plan to ensure that you have access to foo supply during the next few days of the extended curfew period.”
While noting that there is ‘no need for panic’, Fahie said more details will be provided in a subsequent broadcast later today.
The Premier did not specify how long the extension of the lockdown will last but said it will continue ‘until authorities are certain it is safe’.
In the meantime, Premier Fahie said the woman’s case is “suspected” to be a coronavirus-related death.
The now-deceased 52-year-old tested positive for the virus locally but the BVI must wait for official results from an independent test by the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad.
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