Acting Chief Immigration Officer Ian Penn told BVI News on Monday, January 27 that a number of government institutions are scheduled to meet to discuss the new virus which has so far infected more than 2,700 persons and resulted in 81 deaths globally.
“I’m in contact with the health authorities. We should be meeting tomorrow Tuesday, which will involve a number of stakeholders – Immigration, Customs, Port Authority, Health – where BVIHSA will give us a better understanding of the virus, for us to start our preparedness mode,” Penn stated.
“We can’t wait for something to happen and then we act after, so we try to be proactive and go through every precaution, stock up on everything that we will need to have and go through any situations by the book, should something come ashore,” he added.
The virus, which according to the World Health Organisation originated in Wuhan, China, is temporarily named the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
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