British Overseas Territories: Coronavirus

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th May 2020.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what support his Department is providing to the Overseas Territories during the covid-19 pandemic.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence is playing a significant part in the UK Government's efforts to ensure the Overseas Territories receive the necessary support to manage impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

We have sent a military medical team to the Falkland Islands which has doubled its ICU bed capacity. In Gibraltar, Defence personnel helped build the Nightingale hospital and have provided logistical and planning support. Defence personnel, as part of Security Assistance Teams, have deployed to the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands to assist local authorities planning for their coronavirus responses. A further team have deployed to the Turks and Caicos Islands to assist local countering-illegal-immigration operations on a short-term basis.

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