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10 people in hospital as covid cases top 2,000

10 people in hospital as covid cases top 2,000

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10 people in hospital as covid cases top 2,000

More than 2,000 people are now recorded as having covid in Jersey, with just short of 11,000 direct contacts and 10 people in hospital.

The number of people in hospital is a rise of three compared to yesterday. It is unclear if the individuals are in hospital to be treated specifically for covid or other conditions.

Of the 205 cases identified in the past 24 hours, 98 were contact traced, 65 were feeling unwell and seeking healthcare, 23 were identified via workforce screening, 14 via border testing, four through cohort screening and one tested positive on admission to a health setting. 

Nine care home residents still have the virus. The Government confirmed to Express earlier this week that the “majority” were vaccinated and some were showing “mild” symptoms of the illness

10,924 people are direct contacts – they do not have to isolate unless they test positive, and, as of yesterday, only have to take one test.

Deputy Rob Ward, who last night held an urgent Scrutiny hearing given the island’s new guidance to wear masks again and work from home amid rapidly rising case numbers predicted to reach 500 per day by next week, described the current number of people in hospital with the virus as “avoidable.” 

Recently released STAC minutes from 7 June reflected medics’ concerns about Ministers’ desire to relax travel rules given the risks posed by the Delta variant.

Interim CEO Paul Martin was recorded as having “requested STAC to consider enabling fully vaccinated travellers from Emergency Brake areas to be allowed to be treated as arriving from ‘Green’ zones.”

Medical Director Dr Patrick Armstrong was clear that it was too soon to “declare victory” against covid and relax the policy by removing the amber category, with the minutes noting that most members of the advisory panel “were not comfortable” with removing the classification.


Pictured: There are still nine people with covid in care homes.

Competent Authority Ministers – the island’s emergency decision-makers by law - pressed ahead with the move to remove amber just days later and also agreed with Mr Martin's emergency brake suggestion.

Competent Authority Ministers include the Chief Minister, Health Minister, Economic Development Minister, Infrastructure Minister and Home Affairs Minister.

Chief Scrutineer Senator Kristina Moore clashed with the Health Minister on the topic at last night’s emergency hearing, touching on how the desire to open up had actually led businesses to close and may stop people wishing to visit the island.

Deputy Renouf responded that the intention had been to “balance the harms” caused by restrictions, arguing that long isolation periods at the time were a greater harm to the community at the time than harm caused directly by the virus.

Elsewhere in the hearing, it was confirmed that the Government did not have a figure in mind for the top number of infections they were willing to accept in the community.

Acting Medical Officer for Health Dr Ivan Muscat MBE explained that the focus was on the smaller number of severely affected people with covid, rather than the total number of cases. 

This morning, Home Affairs Minister Deputy Gregory Guida and Home Affairs Director General Julian Blazeby were grilled by Scrutiny over the recent test and trace chaos. 

The pair admitted that the service had been overwhelmed recently, and said that they needed more staff than in November and December to carry out testing. 

Deputy Rob Ward also pointed out that the test and trace app was still telling people to isolate when they no longer need to – a decision was made more than a week ago that direct contacts would be allowed to avoid isolation if they agreed to be tested and didn’t receive a positive result.

Currently, two out of three islanders are fully vaccinated, with 58% of 18 to 29-year-olds having taken their first dose of the vaccine.

Watch the full hearing with the Health Minister and Dr Muscat HERE, and the meeting with the Home Affairs Minister and Director General HERE.

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Posted by Marky Mark on
When is JLF and crew going to do something to stop this madness? How many more is it going to take before they realise its to late and people start loosing there lives!
Posted by Donal Dolo on
Well we have millbrook
Posted by SimonBevens28 on
This has become, largely, a pandemic of the unvaccinated. I fear some of the younger people will be hit badly. Less likely to get seriously ill, but possible going to get the so called 'long covid' because they are not bothered getting a jab.
Posted by Sheila Young on
I note 40% of young adults in Jersey have not been vaccinated, more needs to be done to address this situation, maybe parents and employers could encourage these young adults as they do not appear to be taking the initiative themselves.

Also the UK appear to have additional restrictions in place for people travelling from France is this something we have in place "From 19 July, adults who have been double jabbed in the UK arriving from amber list countries will not need to isolate for 10 days.

But the government said the easing would not apply to France due to "persistent" cases of the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa.

There are concerns vaccines may not work as well against the Beta variant.

Some 3.4% of cases recorded in France in the past four weeks were the Beta variant, according to GISAID, a global open source database-.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Out of control now,either scrap all testing at all,leave it run,or close up again,the faith is in the vaccine but clearly we are unsure how that will work out.
Posted by anthony turmel on
here we go again.the result of collective incompetence.. !
Posted by Peter Richardson on
What are we to make of 2,000 plus "recorded" cases. There are probably more. Do residents feel safe going out for a meal, going shopping in a supermarket etc. I suspect that we do not and are now starting to wear masks as a matter of course and forget about hospitality sector. I want to attend events and go for meals but as a double vaccinated resident I don't feel inclined to do so any more. If the government inclination is just to let numbers rise and rise until we have some sort of herd immunity then why publish them at all, causing angst and concern that they don't care about. Once again who is looking at the overall process and I tend to agree with the Chamber of Commerce current comments.
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