Almost 60 percent of residents who participated in a recent BVI Red Cross survey have indicated that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their income earnings.
The BVI Red Cross conducted a survey entitled ‘COVID-19 Perception & Impact Survey’, which received responses from 200 residents.
From the findings, 58 percent of the respondents stated that their ability to earn an income had been affected over the past two weeks.
It further found that an additional 45.5 percent of residents said their income will be severely impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Little to no income pose challenge in accessing food
Director of the BVI Red Cross Stacy Lloyd noted that while the survey indicated that there was no food shortage in the BVI, it found that persons have challenges accessing food due to little to no income or restriction on movement.
She said: “Jobs have been severely impacted and due to loss of income, persons are very concerned about their expenses.”
Director Lloyd also said the survey found that 83.4 percent of respondents approve of the compulsory social isolation measures taken by the government.
According to a media release from the BVI Red Cross, the survey was designed to assess the impact of the quarantine as well as to gauge how well residents were receiving COVID-19 related information.
Lloyd said the information from the survey will be used to help the organisation better understand public perception and need.
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