BVI suffers 16 COVID deaths in less than two weeks

The British Virgin Islands confirmed three more COVID-related deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of deaths in the islands to 16 since the latest outbreak started three weeks ago.

Most deaths occurred in the past seven days as the small British overseas territory struggled to contain rampant community transmission.

The three deceased male patients reported on Sunday were 39, 45 and 49 years old.

“We will spare no cost, no effort or no time to get whatever we need to stabilise this condition and return to the Virgin Islands that we know, the Virgin Islands that we love,” Health Minister Carvin Malone said.

As of 18 July, four COVID-positive patients have died in the hospital’s emergency room, eight after being admitted to the hospital’s COVID-19 ward and another four in the intensive care unit in the latest wave of infections.

Twenty-four people remain hospitalised and four people are in intensive care. Of the 24 patients, 23 are not vaccinated. Meanwhile, 14 people have been discharged from the COVID ward.

As of 15 July, the BVI government said confirmed active cases had fallen to 1,596 due to recoveries.

The government launched a vaccination effort over the weekend which saw 400 people taking the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab on Saturday alone at a vaccination drive-through centre in Tortola.

The territory’s health minister confirmed that another shipment of vaccines and rapid test kits is expected to arrive from the UK within a week.

At this stage, only about a third, or close to 10,000, of the 30,000 BVI residents are fully vaccinated.

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  1. Coming to a hospital near you soon! As soon as quarantine becomes unmonitored, Covid will likely break into the community. Those who are most likely to engage in risky behaviours and catch the virus will be those most likely to break quarantine knowing that it is no longer monitored. Then it’s only a matter of time before you are standing next to someone infected in the supermarket queue.

  2. Bottom line: Get vaccinated. Yes, I know vaccination will not prevent infection but it is key in preventing serious illness and death. Unless Cayman is to stay closed for many years to come, Covid will at some point be in the community and we had best learn to live with it. Covid will continue to circulate in the world, it will continue to mutate, that is what viruses do, this process is not unique to Covid. Again vaccination is key in reaching some sort of herd immunity.

    BVI can’t be compared to Cayman, the vaccination rate is extremely low, and as Debora G. pointed out “23 hospitalized patients are not vaccinated. 1 hospitalized patient is vaccinated.”