Press Release

Ministry of Health & Social Development
Release Date:
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 - 8:18pm

Minister for Health and Social Development,Honourable Carvin Malone has warned property owners who are tempted to violate and disregard human rights to safe, sanitary and decent living conditions.

Honourable Malone made the plea after explaining during the COVID-19 Update today, “During their contact tracing activities, the Public Health team has uncovered an over-crowded commercial property on Wickham’s Cay that has seemingly been unlawfully converted into residential use. All the occupants of that property have been placed under quarantine, tested, and will be required to undergo follow up testing after 14 days.”

He said that property owners who may be engaging in such illegal activities should cease and desist or be subjected to consequences of the law.

Additionally, Honourable Malone stated that the frontline teams remain critical to the Territory’s success in the detection of COVID-19 cases.

“The majority of cases, 81 percent were detected through case contact and surveillance. The remaining 19 percent were among returning individuals and residents seeking health care. This clearly shows the efficiency and resilience of our various teams to which I have reported from time to time.”

While speaking on those directly affected by COVID-19, Honourable Malone highlighted that the majority of persons infected with the virus were between 21 and 59 years old.

He also disclosed that cases have been detected among children, teens, and older persons.

“Seven patients were between the ages of ten months and ten years, three were between ten and 20 years old, and three patients were over the age of 60. More males than females tested positive, with 52 percent of cases recorded among males,” said Honourable Malone.

Since the official COVID-19 Update at 10:00 am today, the total number of persons tested in the Territory is 4308, the total cases of COVID-19 recorded is 69, the total number of persons recovered is 46, the total active cases of COVID-19 is 22 and the total number of death remains at one.

Author

Adrianna J. Soverall

Ag. Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 852 7742
Email:    asoverall@gov.vg