Corona virus and healthcare on the Virgin Islands

Healthcare on the Virgin Islands

Healthcare on the Virgin Islands is rather above average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age on the Virgin Islands is 76.2 years for men and 82.8 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 7.0 years lower (men: 70.2 / women: 74.7 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus on the Virgin Islands

The inhabitants of the Virgin Islands are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By April 7th, 2020, 45 infected persons and 1 death have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on March 23rd, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on March 23rd with 17 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected on the Virgin Islands

The graph shows the number of people infected.

Mortality rate of infected persons
From the previously infected and deceased people, on the Virgin Islands results in a mortality rate of 2.2%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 30 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives on the Virgin Islands a new mortality rate of 3.3%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Medical supplies

The medical care provided by doctors and hospitals on the Virgin Islands is above average and even exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 18.7 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 176 physicians on the Virgin Islands, there are about 1.65 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 1.65.

Through medical care, the mortality of major known diseases can be reduced to an above-average extent. For example, only about 0 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD.