A half-dozen more persons in the British Virgins Islands have died from COVID-19, the Ministry of Health announced Tuesday evening.
This brings the territory’s overall COVID-19 death toll to 23.
The latest recorded deceased persons include a 50-year-old female who died on July 18, a 71-year-old male, a 66-year-old female, a 41-year-old female, a 74-year-female who died on July 19, and a 67-year-old male who died today.
Five of these victims of the virus died at the Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital while one person died at home.
And as of July 18, confirmed active cases in the territory had fallen to 1,604 with what the ministry said is “a reduction in daily increase in new cases”.
“This is a difficult time for all of us here in the territory,” Health Minister Carvin Malone commented. “We have never seen a situation like this unfold. I pray that God continues to grant us favour and mercy to see us through this very troubling time.”
“We met with a team of over 45 doctors, who have pledged their support and we are calling on the nurses active, retired, at home or abroad to lend their services and support at this very important moment,” he further said.
Amid this viral outbreak, the government continues its drive-thru vaccination campaign launched last weekend.
Persons seeking their first or second jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine can do so from July 20 to 24 on the festival grounds in Road Town between 9 am and 4 pm daily.
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