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Fake News! 2 returning locals test negative for COVID-19

- BVI News erroneously reported that returnees were COVID-19 positive
Contrary to reports erroneously published by BVI News on June 27, 2020, that two returning nationals were COVID-19 positive, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has said the two persons have both tested negative for the virus but are still undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Photo: Facebook
BVI News' erroneous article had caused panic among persons on social media. Photo: BVI News
BVI News' erroneous article had caused panic among persons on social media. Photo: BVI News
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Contrary to reports erroneously published by BVI News on June 27, 2020, that two returning nationals were COVID-19 positive, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, Honourable Carvin Malone (AL) has said the two persons have both tested negative for the virus but are still undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine.

No positive cases

“The Ministry of Health is advising the public that a party of two nationals, shortly after arrival on returning to the Territory, were tested for the virus that causes COVID-19.

“I am pleased to report that both results were returned as negative,” Honourable Malone stated in a live COVID-19 update to the Territory this evening, June 28, 2020.

The Health Minister said the decision to conduct the test at the beginning of the 14 day quarantine period, resulted from reports reaching the Ministry of health that the two travelers had reportedly been exposed to the COVID-19 virus while overseas.

Fake News!

The announcement virtually dismisses BVI News’ report as fake news.

BVI News had said: “Highly-placed sources told our news centre that the individuals were travelling from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic when they were tested in-transit and found to be carriers of the virus.

BVI News understands that they arrived on Seaborne Airlines at the TB Lettsome International Airport on Saturday, June 27 after another airline, who reportedly administered the test, denied them from travelling on their aircraft.

The persons in question were classified as asymptomatic, meaning they were showing no symptoms of COVID-19,” BVI News erroneously reported.

It is unclear at this time if the two locals are considering legal action against BVI News.

PCR testing

Meanwhile, Hon Malone said Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing at Dr D. Olando Smith Hospital was carried out upon arrival as a precautionary measure to verify whether any two of the persons under investigation were currently carrying the virus, although neither of them had exhibited symptoms of the disease.

According to Verdict Medical Devices, PCR tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies. By detecting viral RNA, which will be present in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present, the tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on.

Hon Malone also reminded that the re-entry protocols also require both travelers to be retested at the end of the 14-day quarantine period before being approved to exit their quarantine facility.

The Minister added that the established port health procedures for the handling of suspected cases were followed at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on arrival of the flight that carried both passengers, in compliance with international health regulations.

“Our airport is open. Our people are coming home after a long wait. It is likely we may have people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 when returning. We have protocols in place for dealing with such occurrences,” Hon Malone assured.

268 nationals returned; 169 tests done

He said to date 268 nationals have returned to the VI since the phased border reopening.

Some 169 of the returning residents have been tested and all have returned negative results.
167 persons have been approved to exit the quarantine facility.

Meanwhile, 110 persons remain in quarantine, which includes 99 nationals and 11 immigrants who recently entered the Territory illegally.

As of June 26, 2020, 439 persons were tested in total.

The Virgin Islands remains COVID-19 free.

25 Responses to “Fake News! 2 returning locals test negative for COVID-19”

  • Someone (28/06/2020, 21:49) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Some one is responsible for this fake news. There is a leakage in the system somewhere honorable you need to find it. This thing is happening to often. True or false information reaching the public posing the territory under fear is not right. The public always gets the news before you can update the public. Bad apples in the pack. Either you to slow or something
    • hot (28/06/2020, 22:07) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
      Dont understand why u all waiting all the way September to open up the country....like its going make a difference if you open tomorrow, september, December or next year...
      • ... (29/06/2020, 08:24) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
        BVI news should be taken to court for placing the people of the bvi in a panic!!!! its not write I am sick and tire of their poor and bad reporting just changing the head lines. they too dishonest
    • priest (28/06/2020, 23:57) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      Something smell fishy here. I sensed a set up. Was this news INTENTIONALLY leaked to BVI News? Was this meant to discredit someone? Is there a feud going on here? This drama at it best. Lets just wait for a thrilling end. Or would someone be disappointed? Stay tune!!!
  • :) (28/06/2020, 21:52) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
    Government should make an example of people for spreading wrong news. The law is in place and it need to be enforced. Publishing a false story and have people getting anxiety and frustration over a false report is unacceptable. These sources should provide some proof instead of word of mouth before the story is considered.
  • We in trouble (28/06/2020, 22:05) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Damaged done....This was all over Electronic media...This is very serious...Glad u clear the Air...
  • Yellow journalism (28/06/2020, 22:18) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply
    Bvi news is trash they should be shut down
  • Ridiculous (28/06/2020, 22:27) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    BVI News aight to be held responsible for the ridiculious incorrect information that always peddling... always pulling stories, correcting headlines... malicious news website.
  • indee (28/06/2020, 23:36) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is unclear at this time if the two locals are considering legal action against BVI News.
    Did the news site call names?
  • Local (28/06/2020, 23:52) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Did i call your NAME's saying ( THIS & THAT about you. ?? Then go ahead and press legal action.
  • Intel. Analysis (29/06/2020, 00:17) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    Based on the information released by BVI News, no names [as far as I read] were mentioned. It is therefore unlikely that successful legal action against the News Site. It is a timely remember for all who publish or blog. Check the accuracy of all information receive before going Public with it. This is not the first time a new site has to pull back on a story. When I heard the news, I immediately checked this News Site as they had always been accurate on their reporting. I believe I know what happened. I will rather drink the medicine I just prescribed.
  • BP (29/06/2020, 00:24) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    THIS NEED TO STOP .
  • Tell us (29/06/2020, 02:52) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    The question is , were they the only two locals that came in on that flight ? who were they referring to , John & Moe Doe.
  • bvi (29/06/2020, 04:58) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    FAKE NEWS
    They ready to put there damn knees and island people neck. when the news says( 2 Local ) now they see how island people strong , and will always be on top of things may God be with you all i love island people.
  • vex (29/06/2020, 07:05) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
    Bvi news sucks
  • facts (29/06/2020, 08:18) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    BVI news has always been trash news that is why they try and go after VINO and the esteemed
  • 007 (29/06/2020, 08:49) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    Wrong news again from the same site!!! BVI news sources are very weak. They get it wrong all the time, trying to compete with VINO who has a history of accurate news. That trash site should spend more efforts in reporting facts instead of rumors and hear say!!!!!
    • 007 (29/06/2020, 10:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dude, I know I borrowed the name from James Bond but really you couldnt muster a tiny bit of brain power to find another name to steal. How about 008, Don Key or Jack A$$.
  • Wow (29/06/2020, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    For real?
  • Miro (29/06/2020, 09:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    That's not funny at all
  • See (29/06/2020, 10:24) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    This story might have been put out there to scare people into thinking borders should remain closed . Open the borders soon with strict protocols or we will have the healthiest bankrupt territory around .
  • asking for a friend (29/06/2020, 11:31) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    How come no one is saying boycott bvi news?
  • ? (29/06/2020, 14:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nah Mr keep playing with mr and mrs. corona .
    people may be soon running around tortola like chicken with out head .and that would be me.
  • y (30/06/2020, 10:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why don't you all let the premier do his job it looks like you all want Corona take over this country it seems like we did not have enough cases us is in big problems to our premier don't let know one make up your mind keep up the good work God bless you all


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