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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