The British Virgin Islands has recorded its ninth positive case of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Health Minister Carvin Malone made the announcement during a national broadcast Saturday afternoon, August 1.
He said Case Number 9 is a person who recently returned to the territory from abroad. That individual, whose gender has not been made public, is being kept under quarantine in a government-contracted facility, the minister said.
“Only mild symptoms have been reported so far and we pray for a full and speedy recovery. While the patient remains in isolation, testing will be repeated seven days from the first positive result and repeated until two negative laboratory tests have been recorded,” Malone stated.
As of Thursday, July 30, a total of 1,522 persons have been tested at the BVI’s national laboratory. Of that number, 1,514 persons tested negative for the virus that causes COVID-19.
Of the total nine known positive cases recorded in the BVI, seven have recovered, one is still active, and one has died.
In a bit of related news, the traveller whom St Vincent officials said had tested positive after flying from the BVI has now been confirmed as a negative case by the Caribbean Public Health Agency in Trinidad & Tobago.
Malone said the BVI received that report on Friday.