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Coronavirus: Spain Added To Affected Countries List

Jersey health officials have added mainland Spain to the list of countries affected by the coronavirus.

That means anyone who arrives here from the country and develops symptoms (a fever, cough or difficulty breathing) should self-isolate and call the dedicated coronavirus hotline on 01534 445566.

It does not apply to Majorca, Ibiza, Menorca or the Canary Islands.

France and Germany were added to the list yesterday.

Specific advice remains for the Tenerife hotel affected by Covid-19.

A States' members briefing on coronavirus was held yesterday (3 March), in which they were told that between 12 and 50 people could die here if there was an outbreak, but that's been described as a worst-case scenario.

Authorities are repeating advice to wash hands thoroughly with hot water for at least 20 seconds.

 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.

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.

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

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