FROM H.E. THE GOVERNOR AND THE HON. PREMIER
The Premier and I would like to update you on the current Covid-19 situation.
As of 9 am today, 26 August there are 45 confirmed active cases of Covid-19 on island. All individuals are in isolation. Track and trace investigations are ongoing with more than 900 individuals screened since 08 August. Samples sent off-island for genomic sequencing have confirmed the presence of the Delta variant in Anguilla
The Ministry of Health has previously identified clusters of cases that emerged from poorly ventilated indoor spaces. Currently, the main transmission is occurring among household and other close contacts.
The majority of positive cases are asymptomatic or show mild symptoms. This is a testament to the effectiveness of the vaccine in reducing severe COVID-19 symptoms. However, given that the symptoms are often mild, please consider self-isolation at home and testing if you are experiencing any cold or flu like symptoms, such as a mild cough or a runny nose. Please do call the COVID hotline for more information if you are unsure.
Unvaccinated persons are at higher risk of contracting severe COVID-19 which may require hospitalisation. We urge those of you who are not vaccinated to make every effort to protect yourselves, your loved-ones and your co-workers.
In light of the current COVID-19 situation, Executive Council has agreed the following:
From today 26 August
From 01 October
Clarification of measures introduced on 23 August
Executive Council recognised the need for clarification concerning the definition of villa as it relates to quarantine requirements and has made the following clarification:
The term “villa” refers to villas licensed to operate as a villa rental business under the Villa Rental Business Regulations Act and approved under the Safe Environment Certification scheme.
For quarantine and testing requirements currently in force we have created a chart which sets out the various requirements for arriving visitors and residents. This chart has been posted on facebook and has been distributed to the media.
In the coming weeks, vaccines for those in need of their second dose will be arriving on island.
The Ministry of Health is also asking for persons who would like their first dose and persons with children between the ages of 12 and 17 to register their interest for vaccination on the https://vaccine.gov.ai/ website. This will ensure that we receive enough doses for everyone who wants to be vaccinated.
Playing your part
The steps we have all been taking will continue to help keep us safe and save lives. So once again, we urge you all to take the simple steps:
Let us remind you of the Ministry of Health hotline on COVID-19. The number is 1-264- 476- 7627 that is 476 SOAP, or 1-264- 584- 4263, that is 584-HAND.
The Ministry of Health will publish guidance and information at www.beatcovid19.ai
May God bless you and may God continue to bless Anguilla.
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