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No 24hr lockdown in VI amidst COVID-19 spike- Gov Jaspert

- Revised curfew; 47 positive cases of COVID-19 in VI
With many eager to hear whether the Territory will be proceeding on a 24-hour lockdown for the next two weeks, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has disclosed that this will not be the case; however, there will be a revised 14-day curfew. Photo: Facebook/File
Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) disclosed that as of August 31, 2020, 47 persons have tested positive, 38 of which remain active. Photo: Facebook
Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) disclosed that as of August 31, 2020, 47 persons have tested positive, 38 of which remain active. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With many eager to hear whether the Territory will be proceeding on a 24-hour lockdown for the next two weeks, Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert has disclosed that this will not be the case; however, there will be a revised 14-day curfew.

Speaking during a live COVID-19 update this morning, September 1, 2020, the Governor said it would have been economically and socially taxing on Government and the people if it was to proceed on another complete lockdown, but urged persons to take the necessary measures to fight the spread of the virus in the Territory.

The curfew has now been revised to 1:00pm to 5:00am.

Governor Jaspert also noted that persons can now be fined on the spot if they are found to be in violation of COVID-19 protocols.

47 positive cases; 38 active

Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Carvin Malone (AL) disclosed that as of August 31, 2020, 47 persons have tested positive for COVID-19, 38 of which remain active.

The results of 15 tests are pending. 

Hon Malone said a total 3027 individuals have been tested for the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) is also slated to give an update.

More details to follow.

39 Responses to “No 24hr lockdown in VI amidst COVID-19 spike- Gov Jaspert”

  • fair enough (01/09/2020, 11:48) Like (20) Dislike (12) Reply
    They are finally coming to their senses
    • Cold as steam (01/09/2020, 12:43) Like (2) Dislike (21) Reply
      Why is Jonah making this announcement? He sits in Cabinet but does not get a vote - he has to do what cabinet tells him to do.
      • Until his boss talks (01/09/2020, 14:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        BUT!... Maybe they told him to... lol
      • @ Cold as steam (01/09/2020, 14:42) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        Cabinet is chaired by the Governor but its business is jointly managed by the Governor and the Premier. Additionally, the Governor chairs Cabinet except in instances when the Governor is in the Territory and away from his office (on leave) and there is a Governor’s Deputy instead of an Acting Governor. In such instances, Cabinet meetings are chaired by the Premier. An Acting Governor also has the authority to chair Cabinet.
      • Not true (01/09/2020, 15:49) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        He is the chairman of Cabinet. The decisions of cabinet are made by consensus, such that even if a member disagreed during the discussion, the final decision is still made by all of them. Learn before you post nonsense. Now is not the time for idiots and idiocy
  • tretretrete (01/09/2020, 11:51) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    I will continue to say that certain measures should have been put in place from day one. The boarders should have been secured and a fine should have been in place , but many saw how slack the law was and proceeded to do as they please because they knew nothing would come out of their actions. We must put an end to the practice of only waiting for things to happen before we put our foot down. The same applies to scooter riders who are wreaking havoc in the BVI
  • Yh (01/09/2020, 11:54) Like (5) Dislike (7) Reply
    Finally a decision made
  • SSB (01/09/2020, 11:57) Like (23) Dislike (10) Reply
    So how long more do we have to wait for the stimulus relief.
  • good (01/09/2020, 11:57) Like (10) Dislike (28) Reply
    Finally, we’re doing things in a balanced manner and realizing we need to learn to live with the virus until we have a vaccine
    • @good (01/09/2020, 12:25) Like (56) Dislike (1) Reply
      U and ur family will take those rushed of vaccine
      Your decisions
      As for my family n i we won’t take those sorry
    • @good (01/09/2020, 12:27) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      You lost me at vaccine
      • U need go to work. (01/09/2020, 12:40) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
        I hope these lazy xxxs Civil servers that keeps blogging Lock down go to work At least half day.. Learn to earn honestly...
    • @good (01/09/2020, 14:13) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      What dam vaccine you talking about. That is what Bill Gates want. To get his vacines out there to depopulate the world and to emplant chips in people. Do your research and you will see that these vacines protocols are set up in such a way that if anything happens to you , the governments are not responsible.
    • Local (01/09/2020, 16:48) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      I have to question what kind of curfew is this who does it benefit surly not the working man and woman only person that benefit is the business owners of these big stores that already set for life you cut my hours but the business still making the same money less hours but more business , you say we have to find a balance with working with covid but still you close certain business that follow the protocol set out and you deny us of being able to pay our bills government giving assistance is like you begging but still being denied the help you need you killing us slowly breaking us down mentally. You know where the problem lies keep those places close until year end and allow other businesses to go at this pace you the government is going to be the one that cause us to lose what we work so hard for. Our problem is enforcing the rules and laws put in place to protect us and that's where government has failed , person responsible for enforcing don't give a damn just concerned about collecting their paycheck
  • Jose (01/09/2020, 12:02) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    A tiny bit of common sense prevailed.
  • NICK (01/09/2020, 12:09) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    What i dont really understand is why the government is not buying more venatilators?
    • Carvin whats wrong (01/09/2020, 12:19) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
      U just didn't sound like yourself today...The confident, fluent, assuring composed person, U usually are...Never heard u statta this much, its almost sound like u were not happy with the decision, ur speech were excessive / long seems like u wanted a 24hr lock down...Its a reasonable decision, like the Governor say, " to lock down, open, lock down open is not a good look or a good plan"..I think he is 100% right...
    • Local (01/09/2020, 12:30) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      be a nice resident and sponsor us more!
    • Nice (01/09/2020, 15:03) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      They are expensive! Let’s work toward being in a position where there will not be a need to use the ones that we already have.
    • $$$ (03/09/2020, 21:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      $25,000 for a badic model to $50,000 for a machine used in the most advanced intensive care units
  • Thank you... (01/09/2020, 12:09) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    and no thank you to supermarkets for the next month plus
  • A good Decision (01/09/2020, 12:13) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    One question. Would Civil servants go to half day.?
  • pat (01/09/2020, 12:16) Like (6) Dislike (20) Reply
    This is no good lock it down
  • Covid19 (01/09/2020, 12:37) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Y cerfew 1 pm to 5 am , 5 am people still sleeping,, y not do it 5 pm to 7 am
    • @ Covid19 (01/09/2020, 14:37) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      It's the season where night sets in earlier. Curfew ending so close to sunset is not a good idea.
  • police (01/09/2020, 12:47) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    I am a police officer and with the lazy DPP and Senior Crown Counsel that’s down there people can break the curfew I am not arresting a soul. The two of them feel that they shouldn’t appear in magistrate court and making people’s life miserable. Look how all the local prosecutors left the department. So when you’ll saying hard lock down. See who getting lock up
    • Local (01/09/2020, 16:57) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @police I'm not surprised of your comment because you never do anything about person breaking the rules your concern is one thing your fellow officers to get paid every two weeks and your grammar as an officer tells alot about you and Chief of police Mathews this is your officer and apple tree can not bear orange so if this your harvest something is wrong to many bad apples that have no respect.
      • police (01/09/2020, 21:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I was about to give you a like for your comment, but when I noticed that you had no punctuations at all, I was like who is this retard.

        But just to enlighten you, the statement was aimed at making persons like you realize the issue.
  • guy hill (01/09/2020, 13:08) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    People of the Virgin Islands, please be responsible as there is no excuse for being irresponsible. Wash up, cover up, distance or pay the consequence. You have been warned. Act your age and be sage.
  • love it (01/09/2020, 14:14) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The key word here is ENFORCEMENT.

    I hope that ALL OF US begin to adhere to rules and regulations put in place to protect us and make the Territory even better.

    And while we are at it, we can also improve on our time management.
  • walkie (01/09/2020, 16:23) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I read o anoyher newaas site where a former polition speak about if there is a lockdown everytime there is a issue you former minister shut the hell up it is because we are going through these problems if you and the rest only had do the right things the country might have been in a better state ecimmically you help strip the country of its money some people still have not goten paid up to now for work done under you so go haul a chair and go vent on your issues you are not fit to enter our politics again what you should do go open a daycare that might stay open and leave the resturant business alone
  • Its a rough one (01/09/2020, 18:03) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I understand the partial lockdown but boyyyy if there is indeed about 1500 Suspected undocumented Cases here watch what’s coming in a few ... my people take these few hours you have been given , stock up your homes with foods that can last long (canned, dry goods , juices , water ) it’s also hurricane season . Be prepared now don’t wait .
  • Here is some sense (01/09/2020, 21:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply About if masks help, an interesting and fully documented video by the amazing John Campbell who has been on YouTube daily since the beginning of Corona Virus. He is a PHD. take a listen, I know I am going to go find a different mask tomorrow. Mine itches, and I need one that does not itch my face. Any recommendations as to where to buy masks??
  • PLEASE READ (01/09/2020, 22:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Take another look at HydroxyCholoroquine, this is an interesting article and it is recent.
  • Fools (01/09/2020, 22:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Many spent their rent and even borrowed to buy food for 14 days lockdown

    This is unfair
    Is like we are puppets on a string
    • Norris Turnbull (01/09/2020, 23:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      They choose to spend hurriedly and stupidly. You think the government will lock down 24/7 and not goive persons time to shop. Stop lying about people spending rent money.
  • Dancing in the sunshine (02/09/2020, 07:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am pleased that the government has struck a balance with the lock down. My opinion is that this COVID-19 will not be eradicated without a vaccine as so may other viruses. What the population need to do is to exercise hygienic practices in the community. For instance when AIDS was introduced many years ago there was a similar fear among the population and thank God the world is still continuing.

    Similarly, this virus will be with us for a long time, however, if we take precautionary measures we will get through this one too.
  • look scared (03/09/2020, 12:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why does he always look scared when he comes to report? Governor, we are not going to hurt you.

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