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Statistics Act to be revised to require ‘mandatory compliance’

A section of the main island of Tortola. (Photo by Davion Smith/BVI News)

The government will be revising the BVI’s Statistical Act to make it mandatory for persons to provide data to the Central Statistics Office.

This is according to the government’s latest post-Cabinet statement released on Thursday.

The statement said: “Cabinet approved the General Statistical Data Policy by the Central Statistics Office and decided that a legal review of the Statistics Act be undertaken with a view to draft the required regulations and enact provisions that require mandatory compliance on the part of data providers.”

This decision follows reports early last year from the Director of Central Statistics Office, Raymond Phillips that persons have been “reluctant to cooperate” with census officers in the past.

Addressing those confidentiality concerns at the time, Phillips said: “Persons should not be reluctant to cooperate with our census officers as the strictest confidence is applied to the data we collect.” He explained, adding, “This data is not shared with any other Government agency as the Statistical Act prohibits this type of data sharing.”

The BVI”s population census was planned for June 2020 postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  1. Lodger says:

    This is why they have no idea of the size of our population, demographics, kids etc. still want to know 70% of what? Nurses report vaccination centres open with no customers and they need ten at a time so as not to waste a bottle. If you are reading this and have not been vaccinated PLEASE GET IT DONE RIGHT AWAY. Your and others lives may depend on it especially when the seaports are open and people think they can come back and ignore protocols. If last weeks episode was a result of influence pedaling then someone needs to be locked up.

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    • @ Ledger, , Time 4 hard decisions says:

      Seriously.. I will be taking a beating for this, I truly think when the support opens we have to give been vaccinated some credit and advantage, for example, Upon returning those with no vaccination will be subjected to the present protocols,, those who are half vaccinate just one shot, get one night quarantine ,Those fully vaccinated, no quarantine,,,, Its time to make the hard decisions and defend vaccination.. ,

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    • Did You All Read the Article says:

      This is about making it mandatory to provide information regarding your living arrangements, who lives with you, race, race, age, relationship, etc.

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  2. SHAFT says:

    A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT TAKING THOSE VACCINES BUT NOT THE ( SIDE EFFECTS ) SO ITS WHATS REALLY IN THOSE VACCINES AND TO SIMPLIFY IT ( IS IT SAFE ) AND IN THE MEANTIME A LOT OF PEOPLE’S MIND ARE DRIFTING IN LIMBO ON MAKING THAT SERIOUS DECISION

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    • @Shaft says:

      A lot of people took the vaccine, did anyone including myself got sick or had any bad reaction? NOOOOOO. PEOPLE’S MIND IS IN LIMBO OUT OF FEAR, FOOLISHNESS AND LISTENING TO WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY. SOON, PEOPLE WHO DIDNOT GET VACCINATED WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL ANYWHERE OUT OF TORTOLA.

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    • Group says:

      The bottom line is it’s far safer than getting Covid.
      There’s really no logical argument for not having the jab.
      It’s not just you you. Are keeping safe, it’s everyone else.
      Plus our economy will never recover if we are unvaccinated as tourists won’t come here.

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  3. @ shaft says:

    Please tell what is in the other mandatory vaccines that you took. Like polio.

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  4. lol says:

    Mandatory compliance?

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  5. Shaft says:

    Am not trying to be a rocket scientist ~ all of sudden EVERYTHING seemed to BE BE in whirlpool and people like your uncle B GATES SEEMS TO BE AT THE HELM SO IS IT WRONG TO BE WARY OF THAT HOLY GUY AND IS IT A CRIME TO KNOW WHAT THESE DEVIL ANGELS ARE CREATTING TO PUT INTO OUR BODY ( I ONLY ASK IS IT SAFE ? ) NOW YOU CAN ASK Mr GATES BAND DONT FORGE TO SHARE THE INFORMATION , THANK YOU

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  6. wonderful says:

    so many people here unlawfully so they are scared immigration and labor track them down

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