The British Virgin Islands has confirmed one more COVID-related death, bringing the total number of deaths in the islands to 17 since the latest outbreak started three weeks ago.
Clive Baronville, 39, who died July 17, was the 17th individual whose death can be traced to the virus in the territory.
Health Minister Carvin Malone said, “ 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.”
Over the weekend, Dr. Ronald Georges, acting chief medical officer, had this explanation for the deaths.
“Most of our cases are obese, some morbidly obese — meaning very obese,” Georges said. “Most of them have chronic diseases, most of them have diabetes, most of them are hypertensive, a few of them have chronic lung conditions.”
In his news release, Georges said that with the death toll continuing to rise, it has become more apparent the BVI must rely heavily on vaccination to curb the spread of COVID and to minimize the risk of a future outbreak.
On Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest-level Travel Health Notice for the BVI.
The CDC advises travelers that even if they are fully vaccinated, they should carefully consider travel to the BVI.
“Because of the current situation in the British Virgin Islands, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants,” the CDC warns in the advisory.
In addition to standard testing requirements, the CDC is advising unvaccinated travelers returning from the BVI to “get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel and stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full seven days.”
Since the pandemic, the small British overseas territory recorded 2,024 positive cases, 420 recoveries, and 17 deaths.
With Sources – Cayman Compass and virginislandsdailynews