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As Guernsey marks three weeks without anyone testing positive for covid-19, "important information of public interest" is promised at the next live-streamed media briefing this lunchtime, suggesting a further relaxation of lockdown measures are on the way.

Deputy Gavin St Pier tweeted that the announcements will be regarding "the ongoing management of this crisis" - for which he has personally won such praise that he's been invited to appear on a national radio news programme discussing the island's approach to the pandemic this evening.

He's due to be speaking on BBC Radio 4's 'Any Questions' hosted by Chris Mason, as a panel guest alongside UK MP and Transport Secretary JimMcMahon, Dr Mary Bousted; the joint General-Secretary of The National Education Union, and Conservative Peer Baroness Morgan.

Deputy St Pier is expected to outline how Guernsey has come so close to eliminating the corona virus within weeks of the first positive test result being confirmed locally.

Before that he is due to update residents about our progress through the lockdown exit strategy.

As well as promising an update on travel measures in response to the above Tweet, Deputy St Pier is expected to reiterate the 'stay at home' message as we aim to fully eliminate the virus.

The latest known statistics, published on Thursday morning, show the island had marked 21 days without any new cases, and there were only two active cases remaining - neither of whom are being treated in hospital.

Deputy St Pier, Health President Deputy Heidi Soulsby and Director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink, all continue to urge caution despite the positive figures though.

The increased number of patients waiting for test results is down to an increased effort by public health officials to test members of the community showing any symptoms however minor.

Deputy St Pier said the latest statistics were good news though.

"Another good day for Guernsey but we need to remember there is a considerable problem in the rest of the world; safely re-starting travel on and off the island is a challenge which we need to now plan with care," he tweeted.

The next media briefing is at 13:00 today and will be live streamed by the States of Guernsey.

Pictured: Deputy Gavin St Pier. 

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Posted by Oz Osborne on
There is no need for these phases to continue ,the statistics say there is no covid in the community, even if asymtomatic people passed on virus without knowing ,we would of seen positives over the last 3 weeks ,there have been none . Heidi solesby keeps on about being a second wave of the virus , this cannot happen if there is no virus in the community and are borders remain under tight restrictions . It is time for all to get guernsey back to normality, and stop dithering . Dr brink and all here team have done a amazing job as well as the states of guernsey and the public and its time to stop being over cautious and get guernsey operating fully.
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