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WATCH: Confirmed covid-19 patients hit 32

WATCH: Confirmed covid-19 patients hit 32

Thursday 26 March 2020

WATCH: Confirmed covid-19 patients hit 32


The number of patients in Jersey officially confirmed to have covid-19 has hit 32, after a five-day delay in obtaining test results.

The Chief Minister confirmed the results in an unscheduled statement this afternoon, shortly before new measures to support local businesses were due to be announced.

A total of 671 islanders have been tested in total, with 472 receiving negative results. 167 results are pending.

Video: The Chief Minister's statement.

The news came just hours after the first local death linked with the virus was confirmed this morning, and the Health Minister announcing that all islanders over the age of 65 and those with underlying conditions will have to enter self-isolation from midnight tonight.

Officials said the rise was not unexpected and corresponds with projections for Jersey by Dr Ivan Muscat.

Testing is currently carried out in London - one of the worst-hit areas in the UK - as Jersey does not have the ability to carry this out on-island. 

The Chief Minister explained that high demand in the UK had led to delays in processing Jersey’s results, but reiterated that the island was aiming to set up its own testing facility in the coming weeks. 

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Posted by andrei bejan on
Yes tell that to the ppl how are self isolating in the hotel... how are mingling with workers how live in the hotel...as my colleague find out yesterday that ppl in the hotel bar should be in there rooms but in state are at the bar with the rest of the ppl.
Posted by T Hanson on
Such delays are to be expected, but surely until testing improves and is brought to the Island, we have to take robust measures now? These figures are in effect way out of date. Health workers in Jersey are not yet fully kitted out with masks etc to protect themselves and also others that they treat.
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