Premier Andrew Fahie has announced that the ‘more intense’ 24-hour surveillance of the territory’s borders since the recent spike in COVID-19 cases locally has already started to pay off.
Addressing members of the media Tuesday night, August 25, the Premier said he received reports that smugglers were recently intercepted and barred from entering the territory.
He said: “I was advised today that our current efforts that we the people of the Virgin Islands have putting place on our borders at enhancing border protection has already aborted an apparent attempt from persons who were blocked from getting into our territorial waters as they were making an apparent attempt to smuggle in.”
“I want to commend Customs, Police and Immigration for that. We are already seeing results through the swift action, and also we have seen results by further strengthening our border control with our people for our people, by our people,” the Premier added.
He also said the territory is proving it can protect its borders.
“I believe the people of the Virgin Islands are growing from strength to strength to keep our sea borders safe. And any help that we get to help to keep our sea borders be safe, it must be help that will strengthen the people of the Virgin Islands, and it must be help that would value added to our resources in terms of equipment that we have,” Fahie stated.
Recent smuggling and human trafficking activity from the neighbouring US Virgin Islands has been linked to the BVI recently being classified as having clusters of COVID-19 cases.
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