While noting that the patient, whose death is suspected to be coronavirus-related “came into contact from an overseas source”, Health Minister Carvin Malone said nearly two dozens persons of interest have been identified.
He said these persons are those who may have come into contact with the patient before she died.
A total of 24 test samples were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad yesterday, April 17 and results are expected to return later today, Saturday, April 18.
“These samples were taken from the patient and 22 of her immediate contacts as well as case number-three who is now ready for retesting to confirm his recovery status,” Malone stated during a national broadcast Saturday afternoon.
Some persons living in patient’s building have fled
He said the individuals are persons who resided in the apartment building where the now-deceased woman and her family lived. That building along with neighbouring structures are now under quarantine.
Malone, in the meantime, said BVI health surveillance teams continue to carry out contact tracing as some persons who were living in the area have relocated.
“We are aware that a number of persons residing in the compound have since left. We implore them to call the medical hotline so that we can effectively have these persons examined and/or questioned so that we can determine their status,” Malone said.
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