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Covid patient dies in hospital

Covid patient dies in hospital

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Covid patient dies in hospital


The first death from Covid-19 in the second wave of the pandemic has been confirmed.

A man in his 60s died at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital on Sunday.

It is the first death attributed to Covid-19 during the second wave of the pandemic in Guernsey and adds to the 13 deaths in the island's first wave last Spring.

There really are no words to describe how awful this news is," said Civil Contingencies Authority Chairman Peter Ferbrache.

"We may have felt like the virus couldn’t hurt us again here in Guernsey where we lived a near-normal life for so many months before the current lockdown. But it can, and now it has. To the family of the man whose life is lost, I can only express my very deepest and heartfelt condolence though I’m sure that is of little comfort right now."

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Pictured: "This shows how pernicious and horrible this virus is" - Deputy Ferbrache. 

The death comes at a time when the island has been starting to recover from its recent outbreak of the corona virus. Cases have plummeted in recent days, with recoveries significantly outnumbering new cases.

"Our active cases are going in the right direction," said Dr Nicola Brink, as she reported that active cases had fallen again in the last 24 hours, from 202 to 176. 

However, Deputy Ferbrache said the first confirmed Covid death in many months should serve as a stark reminder of how "pernicious and horrible" the virus is. 

"I hope we do not see any more lives lost to Covid-19, but the danger this virus presents is serious. If there was any doubt of the importance of staying at home, reporting symptoms and taking every possible precaution, there should be none now.

"This is how we protect the lives of those we love and we must maintain our resolve to see it through.

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