Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Monday, 17 August 2020 - 10:07pm

The British Virgin Islands detects two new positive cases of COVID-19.

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone made the announcement this evening that both patients had recently returned to the Territory, quarantined in accordance with the established health protocols and were tested at the end of their 14 day quarantine period.

Both persons will remain in isolation where they will be monitored; administered the necessary treatment services and thereafter re-tested by the BVI Health Services Authority until recovered.

Honouable Malone said, “I take this opportunity to extend best wishes to both individuals for a full and rapid recovery. This is another instance where our investments in various border control measures are serving the intended purpose of detecting imported cases and containing them in ways that limit the possibility of person-to-person community transmission of the virus in the Territory.”

The Minister for Health also highlighted other protective measures including the border patrols being conducted by the Joint Task Force comprised of HM Customs, Immigration and the RVI Police Force to help guard against illegal entry and condemned persons from attempting to enter illegally as it could bring harm to the Territory.

The British Virgin Islands’ Epidemiological summary includes a total of 1890 persons tested, 8 recoveries, 1 death and 2 active cases.

Health Minister Malone also noted that the 92 persons on board of the United Kingdom naval vessels HMS Medway and RFA Argus have all tested negative for the virus that causes COVID-19 and wished them a successful mission while in the Territory to conduct their humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief simulation exercise.



Adrianna J. Soverall

Ag. Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 852 7742