The Premier’s Office gave this assurance following Wednesday’s (February 26) incident where a cruise ship was denied entry into the BVI because of a coronavirus scare aboard the vessel.
A public statement from the Premier’s Office said roughly half-dozen passengers aboard the cruise ship - the M/V Costa Favolosa - had questionable medical status as it related to the virus.
“It was reported that a number of passengers had flown directly from Italy and had joined the ship in Guadeloupe within the last six days. This period is within the 14-day incubation period of COVID-19 (the coronavirus). It was also reported that five passengers had fallen ill with three testing positive for the Influenza A Virus, and are isolated onboard the ship. It was determined that the ship was unable to conduct the test for the presence or absence of COVID-19,” the statement said.
“In light of the public and health safety actions being taken in Italy in reaction to COVID-19, including the quarantine of select cities and cancellation of its own carnival activities, a decision was made to err on the side of caution,” the Premier’s Office further said.
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