This photo captured by BVI News reporter Esther Durand is a glaring reminder of the aptly-termed ‘new normal’ being experienced in the British Virgin Islands and the rest of the world.
Residents have affixed a surgical mask on to the face of the statue of the late local activist, Noel Lloyd.
Neither the persons who affixed the mask nor their intentions for doing so are known to our news centre. But whether it was done out of jest or a deeper expression/reflection of what society is today, it shows that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still happening.
During this time, government has mandated that all persons exercise the proper precautions to help prevent any spread of the virus. One of those precautions is that residents are mandated to wear masks when in public places.
At the time of this publication, the BVI had eight recorded cases of the disease — one of whom died from coronavirus-related symptoms. One of the territory’s four main islands, Jost Van Dyke, is currently under seven days of 24-hour lockdown to prevent any potential spread of the virus.
The lockdown is in response to credible reports local authorities received days ago that a passenger who recently departed the BVI for St Vincent and the Grenadines tested positive for the virus on arrival. Contact-tracing led health officials back to Jost Dyke and all residents on that island are now being tested for the virus.
Up to the time this article was published, there were no known active cases of COVID-19 in the territory.
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