Residents of the British Virgin Islands will have to wait a bit longer to find out whether the territory has its first case of the Novel Coronavirus.
During press conference last Thursday, February 27, government officials said at a press conference that the test results for the territory’s suspected carrier would have returned in three days.
“The results have not returned from Trinidad as yet,” a source close to the matter told BVI News on Tuesday, March 3.
When our news centre contacted the Minister for Health, Carvin Malone, he confirmed that information.
In the meantime, BVI News understands that the results should be back by Wednesday or Thursday and will be announced in a subsequent press conference.
Last Thursday, Premier Andrew Fahie said there was no confirmed case of the virus.
He said an individual had returned from China via the TB Lettsome International Airport and was exhibiting symptoms of the virus. The person has since been tested and quarantined at home.
While there were some initial tests conducted, further tests were sent to Trinidad for further analysis.
In the meantime, in a March 3 statement by Health Minister Carvin Malone, he said his ministry continues to ‘closely’ monitor the rapid spread of the disease.
He said health officials are applying “all necessary precautions to prevent the importation or transmission of the disease in the British Virgin Islands.”
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