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No Delta variant found in samples sent to CARPHA- Dr Ronald E. Georges

- said VI’s COVID-19 explosion can be traced to mass gatherings & lack of adherence to protocols
Tests on samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) labs in Trinidad have not detected any Delta variant in the Virgin Islands. Photo:
According to Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. Georges, samples sent to CARPHA have revealed that the VI has the B.1.623 variant of coronavirus, which he said is 'basically not a variant of concern'. Photo: Facebook
According to Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. Georges, samples sent to CARPHA have revealed that the VI has the B.1.623 variant of coronavirus, which he said is 'basically not a variant of concern'. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After the Virgin Islands experienced a COVID-19 outbreak where cases surged to over 1600 and a number of COVID-19 related deaths were recorded, many had come to the conclusion that the Delta variant or some other highly contagious strain had reached the territory’s shores.

So far; however, there is no confirmation of the Delta variant being present in the territory as tests on samples conducted at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) labs in Trinidad have tested negative for the dreaded variant.

No 'variants of concern'

This is according to Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronald E. Georges during a live update on July 23, 2021.

“There is a lot of talk about Delta variants and all sorts of Greek letters of variants, so we sent samples off to CARPHA in Trinidad, we continue to send samples to CARPHA in Trinidad on a weekly basis.

“So the results came back and they did not identify any variants of concern,” Dr Georges disclosed.

Delta (B.1.617.2) is a sublineage of B.1.617, which was first detected in India. According to research, Delta spreads more easily and may lead to more severe disease for unvaccinated people.

VI has B.1.623 variant

Dr Georges said; however, that the samples sent to CARPHA did reveal that the VI has the B.1.623 variant of coronavirus, which is “basically not a variant of concern.”

According to the Acting CMO, the COVID-19 “explosion” can be attributed to the many mass gatherings, including graduations and parties, which occurred two weeks before the upsurge.

“And just from the pictures from social media we are quite aware that there was not a lot of mask-wearing, there was not a lot of social distancing and not a lot of handwashing…

“During that time we were able to have sufficient contacts with persons to cause this explosion of cases in the BVI without a new variant. So we can’t blame a new variant, we have to blame ourselves,” Dr Georges said as he called for responsible behaviour and strict adherence to public health measures.

“How we get out of here is again by strict adherence to public health measures,” the Acting CMO stated.

26 Responses to “No Delta variant found in samples sent to CARPHA- Dr Ronald E. Georges”

  • WOW (25/07/2021, 10:59) Like (46) Dislike (14) Reply
    So we have all these cases and so many deaths right now and it isn't even the worst strain of covid?

    Lord help us for when the delta variant does reach. Get vaccinated while you still have your life.
    • Wayne DEAD (25/07/2021, 12:26) Like (19) Dislike (14) Reply
      No GET YUH ARSE IN SHAPE AND A BETTER DIET WHILE YOU STILL HAVE LIFE. Delta don't care about the vaccinated and anyone that previously had COvid and developed antibodies. But you know what's the cure? Stop STUFFING YUH GUTS WITH CRAP! When you FEED THE BODY CORRECTLY then Covid Delta Alpha Omega whatever is simply a bad cold.
    • 2030 (25/07/2021, 13:35) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Same thinking I had when I read the headlines!
  • Vaccinate NOW! (25/07/2021, 11:03) Like (34) Dislike (8) Reply
    Don't know about you but this is actually very scary, if it was regular COVID that caused this much damage in the BVI over the last few weeks, imagine when the Delta does hit!
    Please talk to your doctor and take his/her advice and not the social media advice on this subject; you trusted your doctor's advice in the past right? Why stop now?
    Realize it is a numbers game, the more people infected, the more likely it is to get to our vulnerable family members, friends, and neighbors and then it's too late. So don't only vaccinate but follow all health protocols. I know we are all tired of this way of living but ignoring it or rebelling against it does not change it. Live in reality and do what must be done.
  • child (25/07/2021, 11:04) Like (21) Dislike (12) Reply
    Hi Doc, i know you are doing your work highly profesional but please do not ley no politiciantake you off focus. You told us why we had that spreqd of covid 19 is because of different activities we had on the island but remember for months we had no cade or cases so let me request of you that you would advise the goverment to stop focusing on cruise ship passangers and focus on people lives ny not allowing vaccinated persons to ealk home no longer where as unvaccinated ones have to be quarantine because that is what brings us to where we are.
  • bvi (25/07/2021, 11:12) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    Glad to hear it wasn't the Delta Variant and this goes back to the song by The Lashing dogs"Who to Blame"...nobody to blame except for yourself.
    • THEY (25/07/2021, 13:30) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
      Did say they have vaccination plan in mind...they just didn't expect the backlash to have so a big effect on the BVI..Let in the Virus and try control it by a vaccine drive...but something went wrong
  • child (25/07/2021, 11:14) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    Doc, ahter the first lockdown 2 nurses had refused entry by this government please advise them not to repeat dlsuch behaviour again ever because right now we are serking for help, also i am hearing that the expatriates nurses and doctors have no pension benefits if that is so ask them to review this policy.
  • Laura (25/07/2021, 11:26) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    Good news! Country is nearly prepared when the delta does pass through the country because it’s more easily transmitted than Covid.
  • hurray (25/07/2021, 11:52) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Now this is good news
  • FEO GOMEZ (25/07/2021, 12:39) Like (10) Dislike (18) Reply
    This post isn't meant to be disrespectful but look at the people pushing the vaccine. Seriously LOOK at the people pushing this vaccine look at their girth their size their habits WE KNOW THESE PEOPLE WILL NOT CHANGE THEIR DIETS SLOTHFULNESS and EXERCISE? EXERCISE!? SHite not happening and we know this. People its not complicated if you don't have preexisting conditions.

    When we breathe, the carbon monoxide we exhale is turned back to oxygen by the trees plants etc. then we inhale the fresh air right? So when you wear a mask tight to your face all day even when you secluded by yourself how much of that poisonous carbon monoxide you inhaling back into your respiratory system? Stoooopids
    • Logic (25/07/2021, 17:51) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      This was disproved, months ago. In normal times, who wears those masks the most? Doctors and nurses and some of them wear them the whole day, depending on what procedures they are doing. And, they do just fine.
    • Cummins, CAT or JZ (25/07/2021, 20:27) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      What kinda engine you be exhaling carbon monoxide mehson? You better go read and understand before you out here calling people exercising good sense stoopids. SMDH
    • STOOGE (26/07/2021, 01:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Welcome home stooge
  • ... (25/07/2021, 12:47) Like (13) Dislike (17) Reply
    proven point that some of the cases was just the flu and dengue fever..
  • Strupes (25/07/2021, 16:26) Like (14) Dislike (10) Reply
    Doc you playing the fool mamn. You said no sign of delta now you change your statement just to fighten people so we can take the vaccine.
  • Equalizer (25/07/2021, 17:31) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    The Delta was confirmed in the USVI this week. Now we must tighten restrictions on them, like they did to us.

    Delta was also confirmed this week in Antigua. So Gaston Browne can mind his business and focus on that. We should put restrictions on Antigua too.
  • Truth (25/07/2021, 18:02) Like (56) Dislike (4) Reply
    Somebody needs to tell the absolute truth about the Covid demon. Too many mixed information being shared. For starters, the Health officials need to publish statistics of all vaccine usage of the BVI in the past fifty plus years and the negative impact on persons. Furthermore, statistics of all diseases should be made public. Trust is a key factor.
  • Self exalted so-call "Truth", that you have claimed for yourself a name that is for ONE person only: The Most High God. (25/07/2021, 22:07) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    He is willing to forgive you of your ignorance.
    I am humble suggesting to you the you use another nickmame. Rather truth as a nickname, I suggest that your new nickname should probably be, Mine opinion or another one that is catchy.
    I am only trying to help, if you allow me to. Use Godly wisdom. Godly wisdom superior over man's limit wisdom all of the time. It will help you think right, speak right, and make wise decisions, most of the time.
    May God continue blessing you, richly.

    • Truth (27/07/2021, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Self ecxlated etc.

      First of all, no where in my comment did I say I was God or pretending to be God. I will repeat again. all we need is the truth and nothing but the truth. May God continue to bless you too.
  • Forbidden Truth (25/07/2021, 22:34) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    I take that with 2 grains of Salt.
  • @FEO GOMEZ (26/07/2021, 01:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dam stooge. Don't know what the crap you talking about but you here blabbering your mouth.
  • Confucious (26/07/2021, 12:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    How did it get here in the first place? That is the million dollar question and why we cannot trust the system. School children say it came via fully vax from 15th June as they did not have to quarantine or test. They have since corrected that to require testing on arrival. Still no quarantine and second test! We playing with fire.

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