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UK Minister promises medical supplies, support

UK Minister responsible for Overseas Territories, Baroness Elizabeth Sugg. (Photo by Flickr)

UK Minister responsible for the OT’s, Baroness Elizabeth Sugg, has said the British will assist its Overseas Territories (OT’s) with medical supplies and other support amid the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

A government-commissioned media release on Wednesday said Baroness Sugg made the commitment during a teleconference call with OT leaders on Wednesday to discuss COVID-19.

“Baroness Sugg said COVID-19 is having a global impact and notably in the UK, but the [UK] government is unwavering in its support to the Overseas Territories,” the release read.

It continued: “The UK government is working closely with the Overseas Territories to ensure they receive the necessary help,” adding that the British Government “is procuring medical equipment and support for each Territory, but we are also prepared to support the OTs in the long run.”

Premier wants supplies more than the ship

In the meantime, Premier Andrew Fahie told BVI News during a media conference on Tuesday that since he corresponded to the UK through Governor Augustus Jaspert, they (Britain) have been receptive despite their own challenges with COVID-19.

“We have to be cognizant of that and see what can be shipped to us rather than the ship coming to us. But if needs be, there are always ships of the UK outside that can be sent and we welcome them,” Premier Fahie said.

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  1. BVI Keep Safe says:

    Collaboration, cooperation and compliance are the 3 KEYs to this thing.

    No rudeness, no arrogance. Humility!

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  2. eye from the sky says:

    But we hate to credit the UK! And we love to be rude and arrogant in this regard, whenever we have the chance!

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    • @eye from the sky says:

      Your words are totally ignorant words. No one hates to credit the UK. What we hate is being lied to especially in a time like now. If they cannot handle their own matters in the UK with this coronavirus then they cannot handle the matters of ours in the Caribbean.

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  3. Concerned says:

    Thank you so much Baroness for this life saving help. If you have any clout with government UK Financial aid we also need help with our mortgages and loans next month ! The decline in business this month has been significant and this financial stress will push more vulnerable people or Corona carriers out in to the public. Prevention is better than cure when possible but financial burdens make that an impossible option. Your gracious help is always appreciated. God Bless you and keep you and your family healthy and safe.

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  4. Oh please says:

    Do not hold your breathe. The UK cannot take care of their own corona virus problems in the UK so we better not be fooled to think that they can help us in the BVI or anywhere else.

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  5. People says:

    Wake up. In the middle of a crisis the UK still playing games. They do not have the capability to help themselves so they need to stop trying to throw these smoke screens for PR stunt.

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  6. UK Student says:

    Up here in the UK things are far worse than what they are promoting to the public. They need to stop playing games with people’s lives.

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  7. Theory says:

    I sure hope that this is not where these people trying to use a worldwide pandemic to try to take us over. Never take your eyes off of them.

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  8. Quiet Rebel says:

    “UK Minister responsible for the OT’s, Baroness Elizabeth Sugg, has said the British will assist its Overseas Territories (OT’s) with medical supplies and other support amid the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.” This is the right political spin. However, though the UK is facing its own readiness and preparedness challenges, the OTs need help now and upfront in its preparedness and readiness to protect, contain, and mitigate Covid-19, along with building surge capacity in its medical system, ie, hospital beds, ventilators, masks, respirators, doctors, nurses, technicians……etc.

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