Two of the BVI’s closest neighbours have been flagged with the highest travel warning from America’s public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
These countries are the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and Puerto Rico — both of which are prominent gateways into the British Virgin Islands.
Both countries are listed at Level 4 — which means there is a “very high level” of the COVID
-19 in those jurisdictions.
The latest statistics show that Puerto Rico has more than 94,000 active cases of COVID
-19 and an overall total that’s in excess of 188,000. Closer to home over in the USVI, reports are that they have about 94 active cases and nearly 3,000 confirmed cases overall.
“Travel [to these countries] increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID
-19. CDC recommends that you do not travel at this time,” said the CDC, adding that persons should “avoid travel” to these jurisdictions altogether.
Puerto Rico and the USVI are among 21 Caribbean countries flagged as ‘red’ countries by the CDC.
The others are Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Barthelemy, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, St Martin, St Maarten, Suriname, and Turks & Caicos Islands.
The BVI, Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis and St Eustatius are the only seven Caribbean countries and territories at Level 1. This means they have “low levels” of COVID
The BVI is currently enjoying no active cases and is currently advancing with its vaccination efforts. Based on estimates from the World Bank’s data catalogue which places the territory’s population at 30,030, the BVI has inoculated more than 21 per cent of its populace so far.
The Andrew Fahie
administration is credited for its aggressive approach towards managing COVID
-19 in the territory.