Coronavirus COVID-19

The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan City, China in 2019. The COVID-19 virus (which is called SARS-CoV-2) is a member of the coronavirus family (a group of viruses) that has never been encountered before. 

Most persons infected with COVD-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older persons and those with underlying medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020 making it the first non-influenza pandemic to affect more than 200 countries with more than 10 million cases. As of 4th February 2021,  a total of 149 cases have been confirmed and one death reported. Click here for updated local COVID-19 dashboard.

 

The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is scheduled take place Thursday, 11th February 2021.

The first shipment of 8,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were received on 4th February 2021 by Government officials including Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, His Excellency the Governor John Rankin, Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone, Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronald Georges and Minister for Transportation Works and Utilities Honourable Kye Rymer.

The vaccines arrived on a special charter flight from the United Kingdom to the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.

For more information on how to register for the COVID-19 Vaccine, click here.

For answer questions and concerns on the COVID-19 Vaccine, click here.

Persons experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should call the medical hotline at 852-7650. For a medical emergency dial 911.

 

 

COVID-19 Symptoms

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The most common symptoms include:

  • coughing 
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • breathing difficulties
  • loss of smell and taste

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually but commonly occur within 1-10 days after a person has been exposed.

Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Around one out of every six people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. 

BVI COVID-19 Protocols

In an effort to prevent, control and suppress COVID-19 Virus, the Government of the Virgin Islands has enacted and implemented the following legislations, policies and protocols:

  • COVID-19 Control and Suppression (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) act, 2020. (Click here)
  • Imposition of a curfew Order, 2020 (Click here)
  • Public Health (COVID-19 Control and Suppression Measures) Order, 2020 (Click here)
  • Public Health Ordinance (Cap. 194)

 

Residents and visitors alike are required by law to wear a mask in public spaces and maintain physical distancing where possible. Violators will be penalized. (Click here for more)

 

 

Regional Tracker & WHO Situation Reports

Get updates from the Pan American Health Organization here. Get global updates from the World Health Organization here.

 

 

 

 

Press Releases

The BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), is announcing the first update on the operations that will occur at Road Town Ferry Terminal when the seaport reopens.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, in his statement on Phase Two of the Economic Plan ‘Social Protection and Economic Stimulation in COVID-19’ mentioned that his Government launched the stimulus package for Taxi Operators who were unable to work due to COVID-19.  

Minister for Health and Social Development Honourable Carvin Malone stated that the Government of the Virgin Islands and residents have made many sacrifices in keeping the Territory safe as COVID-19 continues to affect countries around the world.

The British Virgin Islands marked another historic day as it received the first shipment of 8,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to combat effects of the COVID-19 virus.

Persons requiring a COVID-19 test for travel purposes are reminded to make an appointment three days prior to the confirmed date of travel.

The BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) has received a new automated extraction machine as it continues to enhance its laboratory arsenal to provide more efficient COVID-19 testing.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley has commended his ministry’s team for its hard work last year which he said was ‘an unconventional time’.