“High spikes in active cases, immense pressure on our healthcare and public health systems, strict curfew orders, closures of programmes and schools and limited gatherings. These are all repercussions of what happens when there is a lapse or when there is non-compliance,” he said.
Hon Malone was at the time delivering a speech as part of the national COVID-19 update on December 17, 2020, where he also reminded citizens that the territory’s COVID-19 health measures and entry protocols to date, remains effective at detecting a preventing the spread of the virus.
“And now us as a people need to continue to do the work that makes this a success. We all have to comply, and we all have to keep our guards up, for ourselves and one another because we have seen and experienced what any type of lapse in procedures and protocols can do,” he reminded.
As of the last COVID-19 update on December 17, 2020, the territory has only 11 active confirmed cases of COVID-19, all imported and detected through the local entry protocols.
Hon Malone further called on citizens to hold each other accountable and report instances of individuals flouting the COVID-19 regulations.
“Our response highly depends on us all doing our part. And I am imploring everyone to call our Royal Virgin Islands Police by dialling 311 to report any suspicious activity of a breach or lapse in the public health measures or entry protocols,” he said.