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Coronavirus: All Cases Returned From Affected Countries

The Director General of Jersey's health department says as far as she is aware, there is no case of coronavirus being transmitted in Jersey.

Caroline Landon spoke in a press conference this afternoon, two and a half hours after the government confirmed there are now 5 cases of coronavirus here.

They all came from affected countries and went straight into self-isolation.

220 people have now been tested altogether.

Over 65s have been asked to go into social distancing, islanders have been advised to travel only if necessary, while anyone with flu-like symptoms should isolate for at least a week.

The DG explains why they've taken these measures and not followed other countries like the UK and Italy.

"Compared to the UK, we are behind the curve and we can learn from this and prepare for it.

"If we were to take proactive steps too early, for example requiring the compulsory isolation of certain age groups, we risk fatigue setting in - meaning that islanders will not observe restrictions when we most need them to."

In today's press conference, a panel of Caroline Landon, Chief Nurse Rose Naylor and Medical Director Patrick Armstrong answered questions on:

* Everyone has a part to play

- "We all need to support the most vulnerable in our society. This is really important, this will save news - we cannot stress it enough. You can make a huge difference." - Caroline Landon

* Social media speculation

- "This is a worrying time for many. Speculating on social media or other forums will only raise anxiety." - Caroline Landon.

* Following the latest advice

"The advice that is out there is the advice we really need you to adhere to. We cannot stress how important it is for us as an island, for islanders to follow those instructions.

"They are not enforceable recommendations and we would hope that we would not have to, in our island community, make them enforceable. Abiding by these measures will save lives." - Caroline Landon.

* Capacity for extra beds

- "We have looked across our economy to see where we can flex capacity if required and we have identified a number of sites which would be able to help us should we need to decant.

"They're part of our business continuity plan and I think to reveal those sites at the moment would be unhelpful. But if we do need to use them, be assured that we would share that information." - Caroline Landon.

* Why this advice has been delivered.

"We're really clear about looking at our modelling, making it Jersey specific, understanding our own island identity so that we can give the best possible response.

"It may feel like we are not responding every day in the way you would want to, but it's why I ask that people don't speculate.

"Please be assured that we are using the best possible sources of information to ensure that we provide the best possible response we can for islanders." - Caroline Landon.

* Three government-run day centres temporarily closed.

"We've had our staff in over the weekend to make sure that everybody has been contacted who was going to use those services today and into the rest of the week.

"The teams that normally work at those day services are looking at how they can support people differently and make sure we still have a lifeline to those individuals as well." - Rose Naylor.


 Coronavirus Advice

If you think you might have the virus, you should self-isolate and call the Health Department's coronavirus helpline:

01534 445566

It's open every day between 8am and 8pm. Calls outside these times, or when the line is engaged, won't be answered straight away - but we're told to leave a message and Health officials will call you back.

Please don't visit your GP or the Emergency Department at the General Hospital if you think you have the virus.

Self-isolation

Coronavirus symptoms are similar to that of the flu - a combination of a cough, fever and aching muscles. If you've had any symptoms, even if you haven't travelled abroad, we're being told to self-isolate until they clear up (for a minimum of seven days).

Anyone who has come into contact with a person confirmed to have the coronavirus should stay in self-isolation for at least 14 days.

As of Saturday 28th March, entire households should self-isolate immediately if anyone within that home shows symptoms of coronavirus.

Lockdown restrictions

Jersey's government has announced a phased approach to easing the island's lockdown restrictions. See what's changing below:

Level 4: Lockdown

Calendar date Until Sunday 10th May

Physical Distancing: Keep a two metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: You can go out for up to four hours a day - but only for essential shopping, medical care and outdoor activities.

Gatherings: Household + 2. You can spend time outside with your household and up to two other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: All schools and colleges remain closed.

Travel: On-island travel allowed, passenger ferries cancelled and flights only running to Southampton for medical/compassionate reasons or essential work.

Hospitality: Restaurants, bars, pubs and hotels have to stay closed.

Leisure: 'Non-essential' venues have to stay closed.

Retail: 'Essential' shops can remain open as long as physical distancing is maintained. 'Non-essential' shops have to stay closed.

Businesses: 'Essential' work is allowed, but employees should be working from home where possible. Up to two people can work and travel together, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Level 3: Soft Lockdown

Calendar date Monday 11th May-Thursday 11th June

Physical Distancing: Keep a two metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: Allowed out for up to six hours a day, but we're advised to stay at home as much as possible.

Gatherings: Household + 5. You can spend time outside with your household and up to five other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: Schools gradually re-opening from Monday 8th June, starting with years 6, 10 and 12.

Travel: On-island travel allowed, passenger ferries cancelled and flights only running to Southampton for medical/compassionate reasons or essential work.

Hospitality: Restaurants, pubs and hotels that offer outside eating areas can re-open as long as diners can physically distance themselves. Bars and other drinks-only venues have to stay closed.

Leisure: Some outdoor 'non-essential' attractions can re-open, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Retail: 'Essential' shops can remain open as long as physical distancing is maintained. 'Non-essential' shops can begin to re-open as long as they adhere to physical distancing rules.

Businesses: Outdoor work can resume, as long as teams have fewer than five people. Businesses can allow some staff to return to offices in a staged way, but employees should be working from home where possible. Work requiring entry to private homes is now allowed under strict guidelines.

Level 2: Soft Opening

Calendar date From Friday 12th June

Physical Distancing: Keep a two metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: Limits and restrictions on going out lifted, but we're advised to stay at home as much as possible.

Gatherings: Household + 20. You can spend time outside with your household and up to 20 other people. Larger groups and going into others' homes are still not allowed.

Education: Schools gradually re-opening from Monday 8th June, starting with years 6, 10 and 12.

Travel: On-island travel allowed. Flights and passenger ferries also allowed as soon as travel routes are re-instated by the operators.

Hospitality: Restaurants, pubs and hotels that offer outside eating areas can re-open as long as diners can physically distance themselves. Bars and other drinks-only venues have to stay closed.

Leisure: Libraries, community centres, youth clubs, places of worship, museums, cinemas, theatres and other attractions can re-open as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Retail: All shops are allowed to open, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Businesses: Businesses can allow some staff to return to offices in a staged way, but employees should be working from home where possible. Businesses with proof they are able to physically distance can re-open fully.

Level 1: Physical Distancing

Calendar date Dates TBC

Physical Distancing: Keep a one metre distance with people outside your home.

Leaving home: No restrictions on going out, but we need to keep one metre away from others at all times.

Gatherings: Household + 25. You can spend time outside with your household and up to 25 other people. Larger groups are still not allowed, but groups of up to 10 people are now allowed in private homes.

Education: Schools gradually re-opening from Monday 8th June, starting with years 6, 10 and 12.

Travel: All on and off-island travel is allowed, as soon as travel routes are re-instated by the operators.

Hospitality: All pubs, bars and restaurants are able to re-open, as long as physical distancing is maintained. Hotels, B&Bs and other accomodation can also re-open subject to guidelines.

Leisure: Libraries, community centres, youth clubs, places of worship, museums, cinemas, theatres and other attractions can re-open as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

Retail: All shops are allowed to open, as long as physical distancing is maintained.

Businesses: All staff are now able to return to their regular place of work, as long as physical distancing can be maintained.

During the self-isolation period of 14 days, anyone who develops flu-like symptoms should call the helpline on +44 (0) 1534 445566.

All the latest information can be found on Gov.je.

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