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BVI turns to UK for ‘suitably-equipped ship’ to quarantine potential COVID-19 cases

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Premier Andrew Fahie said his administration has reached out to the United Kingdom for support to quarantine any novel coronavirus cases that may reach the territory.

While the British Virgin Islands has not had a confirmed case of the virus to date, the Premier said: “I have written to the Governor requesting the support of the UK Government for the provision of a suitably-equipped ship for the purpose of quarantining of persons in the event that we need to do so.”

He continued: “I have also asked for the UK’s support in setting up temporary quarantine facilities on land, among other resources, if needed.” 

Safety first

The Premier said his administration is taking these precautionary measures “because the safety and health of our people come first”.

“We are also urging you to exercise safe practices such as frequent hand-washing with soap for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth when you cough, and keep your immune system strong by taking the necessary vitamins,” Fahie stated.

He continued: “Should you develop the symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath, do not visit the doctor. Instead, call the medical hotline at 852-7650. This is important to ensure that you get the appropriate treatment and to protect those around you, such as your family members. Vigilance is very important.”

In the meantime, Premier said there is no ‘benefit’ which can come from panicking or what he describes as panic buying.

“The way to get through this is by being level-headed, informed, and calm. The measures mentioned above will ensure that all aspects of this challenge can and will be handled in an orderly fashion,” he surmised.

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  1. vg residnet says:

    A ship is the worst case environment for a quarantine. Better to take over a local hotel or resort. They will have no tourists so empty and available to be used.

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    • Retired says:

      I agree. However there will be lots of idle cruise ships lying around for the next few months if no resort/hotel is available.

  2. Jjff says:

    As long as it has a good Wi-Fi support, air conditioning good food good shower and a comfortable bed and ample space I can take a boat

  3. WOW says:

    This is a good move by government.

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  4. wow says:

    them bringing a ship from UK…. where actually have the coronavirus?

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  5. Sensible says:

    Its a good job we never took the UK loan guarantee finance; at least every thing is all fixed up, so we’re in good shape for this. I’d rather use a ship we don’t have, than a hospital we do. Way to go BVI!

  6. But but but says:

    But I thought the UK were trying to take over and that independence was imperative for the completion of emancipation.

    Except for when we need help, obviously.

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    • @But but but says:

      You can tell that you are foolish person and unresearched. For years the UK has neglected us but want to get their hands on us now because of BREXIT!

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  7. |I says:

    Wish they say No!

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  8. Lol says:

    The same uk noboady wants they are running to? They will learn it takes 2 hands to clap.

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  9. sigh says:

    ummm…..the main interest here is having whats needed to protect us all in case this virus hits our shores and the nonsense you people come on here with! do or dont do some people never pleased sah….praying… good movement

  10. Funny says:

    We should be ashamed to ask the UK for help, while claiming that we can stand on our own two feet (Independence)….

  11. How about says:

    I’d suggest commandeering Sir Dicks island for a quarantine facility. It’s all ready self contained.

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