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February 25th, 2021
Governor Rankin signs new Curfew Order

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands will remain under a 3-hour curfew until March 11, 2021, according to a new Curfew Order signed by Governor John J. Rankin, CMG on February 24, 2021, and published in the Official Gazette.

February 25th, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination of teachers begins today

CAPPOON'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Non-mandatory vaccination of teachers in the Virgin Islands (VI) will kick off today, Thursday, February 25, 2021, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has announced.

February 24th, 2021
Reopening of seaports to international visitors deferred to April 15, 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Citing a number of reasons, including increased numbers of COVID-19 cases in the region and the emergence of new strains of coronavirus in certain countries, the reopening of the seaports to international ferry operations has been further deferred to April 15, 2021.

February 24th, 2021
USVI sets 50,000 vaccination goal

VI CONSORTIUM

FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- On the US mainland, some scholars are confident that the country will achieve Covid-19 herd immunity by April, a projection that would end the pandemic, by some estimates, rather early. Particularly, Johns Hopkins professor Martin Makary wrote in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed that the US will achieve the feat, pointing to a steep 77 percent decline in cases in the past six weeks.

February 24th, 2021
Premier Fahie takes first dose of COVID-19 jab

CAPPOON'S BAY, Tortola, VI - Some weeks after the first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZD1222) COVID-19 vaccine was publicly administered to Health Minister, Hon Carvin Malone (AL), on February 11, 2021, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) received his first jab of the vaccine today, Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

February 24th, 2021
Time for public conversation on mandatory vaccination – Skelton-Cline

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Social Commentator and talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has called for a public conversation on mandatory vaccinations, should frontline workers refuse to get vaccinated amidst wider concerns of vaccine hesitancy in the Virgin Islands (VI).

February 23rd, 2021
Hon Penn calls for 2nd round of COVID stimulus $$

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has called for a second round of business stimulus grants, which he says should be directed to the tourism industry.

February 23rd, 2021
‘We have to get our children back in school’– Hon Penn

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI – Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has called on the Fahie administration to now transition the territory’s educational system to full-time schooling and away from the hybrid learning initiative which he says has served its time.

February 20th, 2021
White men in a world becoming much less white

By Dickson C. Igwe

Now, the ability to change in a world that is changing by the second is a great human asset. The ability to change is a mark of resilience, even intelligence, however, change gets harder as we grow older.

February 19th, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination portal temporarily closed

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – With some 763 persons vaccinated as of Thursday, February 18, 2021, and some 1500 pending in the government’s registration portal, Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) has revealed that the portal is now temporarily closed for updates to the registration forms.

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