16 more COVID-19 cases recorded in VI; Total jumps to 63

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ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has announced that the Virgin Islands has recorded 16 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed in the Territory to 63, with 52 active cases.
Hon Malone made the announcement this morning September 4, 2020, during a COVID-19 update where he also moved to clear up some statements relating to a projected figure of 1,482 virus infections in the Territory.

“This figure represented a scientific projection of what could have happened over a period of time if we had not acted swiftly to quell the outbreak,” he said.

The statements had attracted criticisms from Opposition Leader, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) who said the statement on the undocumented cases was irresponsible and would cause fear and panic.

New cases related to existing clusters

Meanwhile, Hon Malone said the 16 new cases, however, are related in some way to existing COVID-19 clusters in the Territory, linked to families, workplace and social settings.

He encouraged persons who may be experiencing symptoms of the virus to contact the COVID-19 hotline number on 852-7650 to schedule testing.

He said to date, there have been 10 recoveries and one COVID-19 death in the Territory, with two COVID-19 patients still in hospital being treated for underlying medical issues.

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