Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) made the announcement during a COVID-19 update last evening, July 16, 2021, that the pandemic has claimed 13 lives in the VI thus far, with 12 in 2021 and 1 in 2020.
These stats were further broken down by the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronald E. Georges during the COVID-19 update broadcasted live on the Facebook page of the Government of the VI.
According to Dr Georges, the drop in total cases came as a result of the number of new positive cases dropping off, as well as the active caseload leveling off in the territory.
“Today was the first day where we saw a dip in active cases and those of you would have been following the number would have seen that we went from 1,602 active cases to 1,596 active cases,” he said during the update.
The new lower active caseload came as a result of 35 recoveries and 34 new cases with a few 'unfortunate deaths' he said.
Dr Georges also indicated that the large majority of the cases remain asymptomatic where the persons infected are under quarantine or in isolation, with more projected fall in new cases predicted for the next coming weeks.
Meanwhile, of the 27 persons currently hospitalised with the virus in the territory, only one out of the group is vaccinated.
To date, the territory has detected 2024 total COVID-19 cases with 420 recoveries and 13 deaths. In addition, some 24,647 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered with 14,208 receiving the first dose with 10,439 receiving both doses.