(VI Consortium) The government of the British Virgin Islands has tightened its recently announced curfew to begin at 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily starting today, following a surge of infections that nearly doubled the total confirmed cases to 821 from 480 in two days.
According to BVI Health Minister Carvin Malone, the virus is now impacting the BVI through community spread, meaning the source of infection is unknown. BVI health officials during a public briefing Thursday confirmed that twelve individuals had been hospitalized and 341 additional active cases had been confirmed, leading to a total 821 active cases. Just on Tuesday, BVI reported 480 active cases.
BVI officials had already put in place strict Covid-induced restrictions on almost every facet of daily activity on Tuesday. On Thursday, BVI Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronald Georges confirmed the Covid-related death of a 32-year-old man, who passed while receiving care at the D. Orlando Smith Hospital in Tortola.