At least one businessman believes that the frequently publicized COVID-19 numbers by the Government of the Virgin Islands are doing more harm than good to the Territory’s economy.
Businessman Sylvan ‘Clavie’ Penn told BVI Platinum on Thursday, January 13, that it will deter cruise ships from coming to the British Virgin Islands.
“I heard we have major, major [cruise] cancellations on schedule for this month! Because of the BVI Government announcement that we have over 1,300 Omicron COVID-19 cases in the BVI.”
He continued: “You know how damaging that information is going out there? The cruise ships have to do all these things to come; you hear we are a preferred stop for all of the ships. Now [they] gone to the ends of the earth to get all the requirements to be able to visit, now you announcing we have 1,200, 1,300 cases.”
Mr. Penn said cruise ships would now be hesitating to come for fear of cross-contamination of their guests.
“We need to do better than this because if that number continues to be public for the next two weeks, it’s going to kill our whole tourist season. Kiss it goodbye! They should not be publishing that!”
As of the last update issued by Ag. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronald Georges, the BVI now has 1,305 active COVID-19 cases and two recent deaths, bringing the total deaths to 42 since the start of the outbreak.