He was informed by Governor Boekhoudt of Aruba, Governor George-Wout of Curacao, and Governor Holiday of Sint Maarten about the situation in their country because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the consequences of the measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus.
King Willem-Alexander expressed his support for the governors and the people of the three islands. In addition, he greatly appreciated the way in which health care workers and other stakeholders are working day and night to deal with the crisis. He also did this on behalf of Queen Máxima. Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten have been severely affected medically, economically, and socially by the corona outbreak.
On Friday, April 3, the King took part in the daily video conference between the VWS crisis team in the Caribbean Netherlands and the teams on Bonaire and St. Eustatius. This meeting was part of a working visit to the Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport (VWS) (RVD press release number 64). The King then also expressed his support and appreciation to the BES islands.
By means of telephone calls and, if possible, working visits, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima inform themselves about the consequences of the corona outbreak and express their support and appreciation for the efforts of so many in the fight against the pandemic.