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Gov’t implementing 4-7 week plan on lowering COVID numbers– Premier

- public vaccination & adherence to COVID-19 protocols remain key
remier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie has revealed that the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) will be implementing a 4-7week plan on lowering COVID infections in the Territory. Photo: GIS/File
Hon Andrew A. Fahie revealed that the plan was shared in cabinet by Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL). Photo: VINO/File
Hon Andrew A. Fahie revealed that the plan was shared in cabinet by Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL). Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has revealed that the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) will be implementing a 4-7week plan on lowering COVID infections in the Territory.

“We have been working to develop and implement a four-to-seven-week plan of how we project to get the numbers down, stop the spread, and increase vaccination. This plan was shared by the Minister of Health,” the Premier revealed.

Vaccinations key in the VI

Hon Fahie provided the update in a Friday, July 9, 2021, statement on the state of the virus in the Virgin Islands when he indicated that the plan includes the following COVID-19 suppression protocols and getting vaccinated. 

“We have boosted our health infrastructure, refurbished the old Peebles Hospital into a major COVID-19 center, invested in our own testing lab at the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital, we have implemented effective protocols, and we have made vaccines and testing available with the assistance of the UK,” the Premier reminded.

He said the government and the local agencies continue to be guided by our very competent and qualified medical professionals.

“This puts us in a stronger position to fight this. But this plan can only succeed with everyone’s cooperation. The past 15 months have proven that the BVI can fight off COVID-19 when we work together,” he said.

Gov't remains committed to boosting Economy - Premier 

Hon Fahie reminded that in the last 15 months, the territory was able to keep persons safe and to keep most businesses in the position to be able to reopen and to provide jobs.

“We have been able to receive tourists since December 2020. We have been able to revive economic activity,” he said.

Hon Fahie also indicated that while the recent developments represent a serious and major setback to the aspirations of the VI, the commitment to taking the economy into overdrive has not changed.

21 Responses to “Gov’t implementing 4-7 week plan on lowering COVID numbers– Premier ”

  • close the country until (15/07/2021, 12:44) Like (45) Dislike (5) Reply
    ask the UK for a medical ship
  • Sarah (15/07/2021, 12:45) Like (59) Dislike (7) Reply
    you had an entire year and only implement a 4-7 week plan? from time the numbers hit 100, this plan should have been in place Sir. you all need to get serious
  • bvi first (15/07/2021, 12:50) Like (11) Dislike (30) Reply
    If you give us say $3000 trust me you will see how fast we get covid under control, people are broke and starving, so covid invading the body, can't pay our bills but food to fight off covid, the masses minds already been made up not to take the jab, trust me just give us that money and it will be abracadabra, if not covid will be here to stay, mark my words.
  • think (15/07/2021, 13:52) Like (26) Dislike (18) Reply
    Just do a vaccine lottery once you get vaccinated you will be automatically enter for a chance to win the jackpot of at lease 10 winners can emerge with cash. Let’s say first prize $200,000. , second prize $150,00 , 3 prize $100,00 ———- government will be getting ppl vaccinated and helping some lucky ones with cash at the same time and you will see how many ppl will rush to get the vaccine .
    • Sara (15/07/2021, 15:46) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      This is a good idea and perhaps one of the charity organizations can help donate the win siutation
      • I belong (15/07/2021, 18:50) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
        People really so stupid that you have to pay them to take a free vaccine to save their own lives? Only in the BVI smh.
        • @I belong (16/07/2021, 05:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Clarification needed....most people in the BVI are not from thete and don't give 2 2cents what happens as long as they get the
        • Hmmmm (16/07/2021, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          And the US
  • mind (15/07/2021, 14:04) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    People have their mind made up! An DC will not take no vaccine.
  • Hmm (15/07/2021, 15:19) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    Ah 2 weeks LOCKDOWN me sayyyyy!!!!!!
  • Here we go (15/07/2021, 15:36) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    What you all need to get ASAP is anti body test because by now if it’s 1500 tested positive the numbers are way way higher. We really are in this together same as when cruise season starts waves of sickness we dealt with yearly but no one cared.

    People will recover when they do won’t it be wasteful to vaccinate them twice?
  • @here we go (15/07/2021, 15:44) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Brilliant idea ...
  • reload (15/07/2021, 16:29) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    If the medical staff won't take the vaccine how does that help anyone? Pray you don't have to check in the hospital because you probably won't check out without getting infected. Get Covid from staff who are to dumb to realize they are the culprits spreading it! The plan should have been and still should be to make sure there are enough staff who are vaccinated so your staff won't be too sick to work and spreading it around!
  • Questioner (15/07/2021, 16:51) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    I have a serious concern after reading the statement from the USVI Governor. He is asking for a negative PCR test done within 48hrs. Results in the BVI for PCR test are given in 72 hours. Major problems coming. BVI will have to step up the game otherwise alot of vacationers and visitors will get stranded. BVI Health Services please look into this.
    • Island Peep (15/07/2021, 19:00) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      The USVI Governor knows that the BVI cannot produce a test result that fast! He wants to stop all people coming from the BVI but politically cannot say that. From his point of view, he's keeping the danger out.
  • Lucifer (15/07/2021, 17:05) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is all well and good but assuming increasing vaccination rates is a key part of the plan, it may be impossible to achieve given the level of vaccine hesitancy and resistance of those that remain unvaccinated to following reason and science. We can only hope that they see the death and illness and realise it is a far worse outcome than taking a shot which is based on existing vaccination techniques and scientific knowledge with a minimal chance of adverse effects
  • 007 (15/07/2021, 18:24) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    In 4-7 weeks nature will take care of business. The vaccinated and those who have had it will be largely immune and numbers will start to fall. Best thing the government can do is keep out.
  • now now (15/07/2021, 18:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon Pre..... you now jump up from sleep like ye ole RipVanWinkle and come with plan.......aye sah.......
  • Well (15/07/2021, 18:56) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This going on 2 weeks now, I thought we were already doing " the plan", I am confused!
  • 1st District (15/07/2021, 20:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Primer, what is the plan for the incinerator toxic fumes. This has been a health issue while you was on the other side of the isle and still is. Then come COVID!! Our house roofs in Carrot Bay is the reciver of toxins. We consume the water when it rains. Are we going to be another DuPont result!!
  • ... (15/07/2021, 20:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    them man the win you with a lot of words...paying for a mistake they made all now but they want blame the unvaxxers...when everyone was being tested it was contained but for the greed of a dollar they stop testing persons once they could prove they was we bEep we beep ( like voice note)

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