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COVID deaths in VI’s ‘close-knit community’ impacting all- Premier

- urges persons with underlying health conditions to prioritise vaccination
Calling the regent spate of COVID-19 deaths ‘too many,’ Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says the impacts of the deaths are affecting not just the families of the deceased, but the VI community as a whole. Photo: VINO/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie reiterated that vaccination remains the best option for people to fight the virus in the territory. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Premier Andrew A. Fahie reiterated that vaccination remains the best option for people to fight the virus in the territory. Photo: GIS/Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Calling the recent spate of COVID-19 deaths ‘too many,’ Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) says the impacts of the deaths are affecting not just the families of the deceased, but the VI community as a whole.

“As you know this is a ‘close-knit community where we all know each other. When one person dies, it shocks us all. We are all touched by it, so this is heartbreaking not only for me but for families and friends who have been directly impacted,“ Hon Fahie said during a statement on Friday, July 16, 2021.

At the time of Premier Fahie's statement, there were 13 COVID-19 related deaths; however, in just one weekend deaths have climbed to 19, according to the latest information from the Ministry of Health and Social Development today, July 19, 2021.

“My heartfelt condolences, words cannot begin to express what I am feeling right now, and what you the family are experiencing, as we have lost our loved ones prematurely,” said.

Vaccine is best chance against virus - Premier Fahie

The Premier reiterated that vaccination remains the best option for people to fight the virus in the territory.

‘Whilst it is voluntary, I strongly urge you to take the vaccine. Being vaccinated gives your body the best chance to fight the virus. I especially urge those who have underlying health conditions, the elderly and the young, safeguard yourselves,” he said.

Hon Fahie further called on the VI community to come together, pray together, and believe in God that things will turn around for the good.  

“God will do his part, but we must do our part,” he said while noting that building resilience and capacity in the health system remains an important factor as the number of cases increases locally.

46 Responses to “COVID deaths in VI’s ‘close-knit community’ impacting all- Premier”

  • Hbh Da Don (19/07/2021, 18:41) Like (26) Dislike (78) Reply
    This is rubbish boss man. Get rid of the vaccine. We would prefer you recommending people use pcp before they take da poison. If alu want to know about poison know that i went peebles 5 years ago for a condition and was given Biktarvy to help with my condition. After 2 years of Biktarvy my condition only got worse and the side effects required mental health treatment. I dont trust medication and vaccines are no different. Use the herbs of the earth and you will conquer covid.
  • compulsory (19/07/2021, 18:53) Like (26) Dislike (92) Reply
    Make vaccine compulsory for all work permit holders or no renewal of work permit, it really is that simple, doesn't even effect your voters
    • Discrimination (19/07/2021, 20:29) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
      So you think that it’s the work permit holders who are infected by the virus alone?
      I’m sure all the person entering the island have to go into isolation. The virus doesn’t pick and choose so statement is disrespectful of work permit holders any you may not be smart enough to understand this statement. Stay safe all and try to either get the vaccine or continue following the prevention protocols.
      • Tvip (20/07/2021, 05:58) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
        I think the point was the majority of our population is made up of work permit holders. If this was done we would easily reach more then 75% vaccinated and herd immunity.
        • Stupes (20/07/2021, 10:22) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
          it ain majority of work permit holders dropping tho, reassess your statement and encourage your fellow locals to get vaccinated!
    • I care (19/07/2021, 20:30) Like (14) Dislike (5) Reply
      Make it mandatory for everyone on the island , your to bias
    • dick van dyke (19/07/2021, 21:34) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
      sure it wont affect the votes but the country will suffer because all they have to do is pack up and go to their home land. lets see how those landlords will pay the bank if all apartment becomes empty. have you thought about that you selfish bitch. God has bless everyone with a brain so we dont need anyone to think for us.
    • right (20/07/2021, 08:58) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Because the voters can’t get the virus….? Smh
  • gun (19/07/2021, 20:45) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Was any of the deaths fully vaccinated?
    • 007 (19/07/2021, 23:58) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
      No. All unvaccinated. All the Covid hospital admissions were unvaccinated. Do you see any white people or Philippinos dying now? No. That’s because they are nearly all vaccinated. Does this tell you something.
    • @ gun (20/07/2021, 05:19) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      No no not one
    • @Gun... (20/07/2021, 13:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some of the people who died in the from Covid was Fully Vaccinated people....
  • Judith Fahie (19/07/2021, 21:18) Like (6) Dislike (33) Reply
    I will only take a vaccine if it is the Cuban vaccine, and that goes for my entire family, all 78 of us living hete in the Territory, what those on St.Thomas and the US mainland do that's on them, but us here already had a family meeting and we won't budge, it's a choice and no one can take our rights away, just saying.
    • Rubber Duck (19/07/2021, 23:55) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
      Why do you think a vaccine produced by a third world country is better?
    • niack (20/07/2021, 06:55) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      there is no cuban vaccin.
      • Nine (20/07/2021, 14:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        My friend try headucate yourself before posting. Fyi Cuba has produced two Covid 19 vaccine 1. Abdala with a 92.3 efficacy and Soberana 02 witha 91.2% efficacy. It is not available for use outside Cuba as it awaits approval from WHO. Fyfi China has the Sinopharm vaccine and Russia has the Sputnic. The Sinopharm is presently being administered in Antigua andthe Sputnic is in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. to all a blessed day.
    • Family planning (20/07/2021, 09:02) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well, that’s one way to winnow the family. Pray tell what is the Cuban vaccine? There’s Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Sputnik, Sinovax, but Cuban?
    • Ms. Fahie (20/07/2021, 09:16) Like (13) Dislike (22) Reply
      As a family of 78 people that is ill informed and irresponsible. Last week the people of Cuba were rioting because their government had not done enough to procure vaccines for their people. Does a Cuban vaccine even exist? Please speak to a professional in the field before making such ridiculous decisions for so many people. I hope none of your 78 family members have underlying conditions or are overweight - this would severely hinder their chance to fight the virus if they did get it.
    • Well (20/07/2021, 12:46) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Death will take your rights away. Let us know how you make out in a week or two.
  • Get it (19/07/2021, 21:22) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    Saffron (turmeric) i used about 5/6 roots
    Pineapple (whole one )
    Blue vervain

    Wash and scrub saffron and ginger in the skins
    Cut them up note I used a toothbrush to scrub the skins well over running water
    Put to boil for about 5 mins
    While it’s boiling wash scrub pineapple
    Cut off the skins and the flesh
    Now add to the boiling pot
    Add your orange (2) with skins
    Let this all boil another 5 mins

    Remove from
    The stove now add your blue Vervain cover let it draw for half hour or longer
    Remove the flesh and put that in a blender
    Now return to the liquid and using a strainer squeeze the purée stuff (I used my fist) not the back of a spoon soo as to get everything out
    This is a potent drink antioxidants and immune Builder
    Blue vervain also help with sleep problems kidney stones and much more.

    It hurts me to see ppl selling stuff or hiding any ingredients soo as to sell it.

    Do what u have to regardless of vaccinations status.

    If u having mild breathing problems or just congestion
    Use peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil to do steam cover your entire head with a towel over a bowl for couple mins take deep breaths

    Or menthol crystals
    Over a boiling pot of water
    Drop a small piece of the crystals then immediately go over it with a towel in your head directly over the pot and take deep breeds you’ll feel
    Or in your lungs

    If u suffer from sinus asthma head cold or congestion this will really help u.
    • Paracelsus (20/07/2021, 09:04) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      Would you mind posting a recipe for goat water? Tastes better and probably just as effective in clearing sinuses.
  • @compulsory (19/07/2021, 22:06) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    of are right..!!! covid only affects work permit holders......!! how could we have all been so stupid. you should become our leader.

    you munt !
  • facts (19/07/2021, 22:46) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Premier thank you for all you and your Government have done and doing in this pandemic. We the people have to play our part and we will be just fine.
    • Son of God (20/07/2021, 08:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thank you for being positive! We have to thank our goverment and frontliners. God bless us all.
  • Dan (20/07/2021, 01:21) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Please use a lot more Garlic & Ginger to help your respiratory system at least and keep home if you don’t have to come outside.... we are all in this together
  • CLOSE COMMENTS (20/07/2021, 02:06) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Maybe now is the time to consider closing the comments section.
    We are dying, and people aren't changing.
    Even if you can't or won't change, the least you can do is remain quiet with your views.
    Our views are affecting others in more ways than we know.
    We are dying. Death is in the air, and we aren't changing.
    Vino, do the responsible thing, and protect us from each other.
    We are dying. We are dying, and still we refuse to change.
    • Close eyes (20/07/2021, 09:36) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      Maybe it is time for you to refrain from reading what to you is not
      pleasing to you. That is a gift of freedom.
    • @close comments (20/07/2021, 10:02) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Buh you aint dead yet. hahaahaha
  • one eye (20/07/2021, 05:21) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Take the vacine its the only hope yall
  • when (20/07/2021, 06:14) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    We need to hear a plan going forward, this thing dividing the people and trying break down economies. We is one people vacced or unvacced, I advise people to keep their status to themselves. Unvaccinated folks never was and ain’t the problem so take ayo relax with the crazed vaccinated rants everyday.
    • Lucifer (20/07/2021, 08:25) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
      Maybe you should take a trip to Peebles and see who are the people that are in the ICU. Given that 99% of the admissions have been unvaccinated, it is not those that have been vaccinated that are putting strain on the health system and dying. To suggest people being unvaccinated is not a problem is clearly not true.
      • Tongue Fu (20/07/2021, 09:03) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
        I’ll tell you what is putting a strain on the health care system: non-communicable chronic conditions where most can be avoided or managed. No covid vaccine can cure that, only lifestyle changes. Oh yes Vaccinated people can die of covid related illness but they will blame it on underlying conditions.
        • Lucifer (20/07/2021, 11:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Yes, chronic conditions are an issue but that is everyday healthcare and is not what is causing the current situation at the hospital. I'm sure if you had a Venn diagram of people with underlying chronic conditions, and those that are unvaccinated, you would find quite a large degree of overlap. Its certainly those with such conditions that seem to be falling prey to the virus
    • The TRUTH (20/07/2021, 12:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Get vaccinated, stay your behind home, and be quiet. That's the plan.
  • Ummmm (20/07/2021, 06:44) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    Community boards need start banning these toxic white folks, only since the pandemic they come out spreading their beliefs like facts. Most probably fake accounts and some don’t have no pictures
    • Lucifer (20/07/2021, 08:28) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Maybe we need to look at the demographics of those being admitted to hospital and succumbing to this terrible virus if we are going to start throwing accusations as to who is speaking truth and who is spreading falsehoods
  • jamgirl (20/07/2021, 09:34) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    We need to take the vaccine it saves life.How much of the fully vaccinated persons are in the morgue today.God help those who helps themself,my people be wise.
  • TanTam (20/07/2021, 09:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Simply look at those on line just now vaccinating after the deaths caused.. As always,the same demographic"building up " the only way they know.
  • Food be thy medicine (20/07/2021, 09:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have health ministers and other health authorities in our countries for a reason. And the reason is not only to push Vaccines. We talk about folks with underlying conditions but no one talks about how to get the said conditions reversed or controlled. They don't even talk about preventing the conditions. I have no problem with vaccines but let's promote healthy living also
  • Liane (20/07/2021, 12:22) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    There will come a time when doctors will have to choose who will get a ventilator and who won't. They will have to choose who lives and who dies because the hospital is overwhelmed with COVID cases and they don't have enough equipment to deal with all the desperate cases.

    Will they choose the physically fit 18-year-old student or the 40-year-old overweight diabetic? Will they choose the school teacher or the grocery clerk, the low-level government worker or the lawyer, the father of four from down island or the local pastor, the rich man or the poor man?

    I sure wouldn't want to be in their shoes ... but don't anyone dare accuse them of playing God, because by choosing not to be vaccinated, that person chose their own path and their own destiny. Be it right or wrong, THEY made the choice. The doctors can only do what they can, given the lousy circumstances folks have put them in.

  • RedStorm (20/07/2021, 14:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wake up people this is a small population with close nit families people dying in your community is no joke . this is both expat and native who are known and connected by friendship. It pains my heart to see how some people just bashing the government, and if some has to exchange place with the government , it will be worst. I was out there on the festival ground watching how those people working to multitask all the different steps to get the people the vaccine. A problem happen and as soon as they notice it , they sprang into action, they were organized. i said kudos to red cross and those who help. Take your exercising , if its for just ten minutes per day, eat those fruits and vegetables, and drink your tea.

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