Topic: Novel Coronavirus, Public Health | Posted By: aphillip
Thursday, 1 April 2021 - 9:08am
Today as Minister of Health, I will give an update of COVID-19 test results; the receipt and administration of additional AstraZeneca vaccines; the decision of Cabinet to reduce crowd sizes for all events, and the strong, very strong advice to consider the cancellation of this weekend's group or crowd activities and to observe ALL HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS.
Mr. Speaker, COVID-19 was declared a GLOBAL PANDEMIC on March 11, 2020.
Empowered by The Public Health Ordinance of 1977; The Infectious Diseases (Notification) Act, 2013; Quarantine Act, 2014 and the Public Health (Covid-19 Control And Suppression Measures) Orders of 2020, the Health Emergency Operations Centre (HEOC) was activated as the primary advisory body in the Territory’s defense against COVID-19.
The Government of the Virgin Islands, through the Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, Premier’s Office and his International Affairs Secretariat, has just received good news from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
It is my pleasure to provide a brief report on the British Virgin Islands implementation of the Santiago Commitment.
First, I am pleased to inform you that active cases of COVID-19 in the British Virgin Islands are down to zero as of 18th February 2021. This is the result of robust entry and health protocols and their enforcement by the health authorities and local places of business on our islands. We have now entered the vaccination phase of our health response which is in the early stage of rollout.