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Jersey contact among latest confirmed cases

Jersey contact among latest confirmed cases

Thursday 26 March 2020

Jersey contact among latest confirmed cases

Thursday 26 March 2020

There is further evidence of continued community seeding with more confirmed cases of covid-19 in Guernsey.

Of the 34 people confirmed to have tested positive for the corona virus by midday Thursday 26 March, three are believed to have contracted it on-island.

Of those three people, one is not known to have been in contact with any of the other patients who caught the virus off-island.

A number of locations have now been identified as sources of the infection in the 34 Guernsey patients, with Jersey now added to the list alongside the UK, France, Tenerife, Mainland Spain, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as the local infections in Guernsey.

All of the cases confirmed in the Bailiwick so far are in Guernsey residents, with none confirmed in any of the other islands so far.


Pictured: The latest results, as at midday Thursday 26 March. 

Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public Heath said:

"Over the last 24 hours we have identified 11 new cases in total. At least two of these were identified through our contact tracing procedures. There are now at least three people who have acquired their infection in Guernsey. Of those, one has no links to other known cases.

"The next 7 days will be critical as we determine if the cases introduced to Guernsey have resulted in secondary cases that have affected the more vulnerable in our community."

Dr Nicola Brink

Pictured: Dr Nicola Brink, speaking at a press conference on the covid-19 pandemic. 

Dr Brink and her team continue to work on data analysis to protect the islands from the further inevitable spread of covid-19.

Among the work they're doing is contact tracing, where they establish who a confirmed corona virus patient has been in contact with recently.

Dr Brink said that work is currently on-going for the contacts of the cases identified. She said this occurs on a daily basis and on into the evening with the team working long hours, seven days a week.

The latest contact tracing is said to be "progressing well" and at least two of the new cases confirmed today have been identified through the contact tracing process.

While work goes on among the medical professionals, there's is a community wide effort to slow the spread of the deadly virus to "flatten the curve" so that our hospital can cope with an unknown peak number of cases.

With the Bailiwick now in lockdown, people should be spending the vast majority of their time at home, only going out to work if you do an essential job, to exercise, to buy food or for a medical reason.

There are around 1,000 people in compulsory self-isolation, either because they have tested positive for corona virus, they've displayed symptoms, have recently returned to the islands, or because they are considered a vulnerable person. That means around 1.5% of the population is in self isolation so far.

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