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Covid-19: First islander in their 50s dies

Covid-19: First islander in their 50s dies

Thursday 30 April 2020

Covid-19: First islander in their 50s dies

23 islanders have now passed away with covid-19, including the first islander in their 50s.

The news came in this afternoon's statistics update from the Government of Jersey.

12 of those who have died were officially confirmed to have covid-19, while 11 islanders' deaths were marked as "probable covid-19." Government statistics do not specify if any had underlying health conditions. 

11 of the deaths were in Jersey's General Hospital, while nine were in care homes.

An age breakdown from the government showed that one islander in their 50s has passed away, two in their 60s, seven in their 70s, seven in their 80s, and six in their 90s.

In total, 286 islanders have been officially confirmed to have the illness through swab testing, while 197 people are deemed to have recovered.

However, the true totals could be higher. The government will this weekend be rolling out antibody testing - a pinprick examination which aims to determine who has already had the illness - to 500 households.

The statistics will be used to help the government determine the best way to ease lockdown

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