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Premier & Deputy Premier test COVID-19 positive

Premier & Deputy Premier test COVID-19 positive

As the millions of people celebrate Christmas around the world and in the Virgin Islands, Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has announced that himself along with Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) have both tested positive for COVID-19.

“During the early part of this afternoon, I was informed by the Health Officials for the need to have me tested as a result of me being in close contact with someone who had recently tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, late this afternoon, 24 December 2021, I was tested for COVID-19 and the results returned as positive,” Hon Fahie said in a statement released last evening, Christmas eve 2021.

“The testing was consistent with the established protocols where our Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley, recently tested positive for COVID-19 and all his listed recent contacts – of which I was one – required to also be tested.”

The Premier said that being fully vaccinated, and having recently taken the booster shot, it has contributed to his immune system being in the best possible position to


All recent contacts tested - Premier


He said following Health protocols and in an effort to assist with contact tracing, all his recent contacts were reported to the Health Officials.

“My entire family was also tested but all results received thus far are negative. Due to the aforementioned results, I am following the instructions of the Health Professionals to isolate for ten days.”

The Premier said that being fully vaccinated, and having recently taken the booster shot, it has contributed to his immune system being in the best possible position to "fight off" the virus and any possible negative effects thereby giving him the best chance for a full and fast recovery.

“I want the public, from Districts One to Nine, to know that I am in good spirits. I am feeling as normal as can be, and I continue to perform my duties and responsibilities as Premier remotely.”

Premier Fahie also reported that Deputy Premier Wheatley is also feeling strong and is also expected to have a full recovery.

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