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Covid cases top 1,000 in Jersey

Covid cases top 1,000 in Jersey

Thursday 18 November 2021

Covid cases top 1,000 in Jersey


There are now more than 1,000 covid cases in Jersey - and experts are finding it difficult to predict how much larger that number could grow before the current wave ends.

The island reached the milestone of its fourth covid wave yesterday, with seven people recorded as being in hospital with the illness and three in care homes.

Last year, Jersey topped 1,000 on 21 December. At the time, 29 of those cases were in hospital and 66 in care homes. The island faced a hospitality and retail shutdown, and strong restrictions over Christmas and New Year.

In a report published this morning, the Health Minister said the Government's scientific advisers had concluded that any model used to predict how case numbers might change over the coming weeks and months would be "highly uncertain due to the multifactorial nature of the situation."

Between July and now, the Health Minister said the patterns of transmission had been "very unexpected", with "considerable changes in prevalence of age groups and communities", though he noted that "hospital admissions have been essentially constant."

However, having considered analyses conducted in the UK, they did conclude that "further waves of infection are still expected", and that "short-term trajectories to end of 2021 are likely to be driven by behaviour, while future peaks in 2022 are more likely to be due to speed/level of waning immunity and the extent and timing of booster regimes."

The report added: "Many international scenarios suggest an extended period of time with a high number of hospital admissions. Although it is likely that these will remain below levels of January 2021, this could still put pressure on services if waves coincide with high levels of other respiratory illnesses."

With case numbers beginning to sharply rise, the Government this week launched a ‘Keep Jersey in business’ campaign.

To ensure that businesses are not disrupted, while also protecting the health service this winter, the Government is asking that islanders: 

  • “to get themselves and their family members vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu as soon as possible;
  • “to know their covid-19 status, by increasing the frequency of lateral flow testing, before meeting other people, attending parties, large events, going to a restaurant, and spending the day Christmas shopping;
  • “to wear face coverings in indoor public settings whenever it is practical - this includes in shops, when not eating or drinking in restaurants or bars, and anywhere indoors where distancing cannot be guaranteed or where there is poor ventilation;
  • and to stay at home if experiencing covid-19 symptoms, and to book a PCR test.”

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Posted by Jon Jon on
What is needed is a break down of cases, are these mainly non vaccinated people ,children, or vaccinated people.Like many people Ive had vaccinations plus flu jab,I don't wear a mask out, and I don't do these lateral flow tests, which I think are a waste of time.Need a break down otherwise pointless figures!
Posted by Donal Dolo on
But its no longer a prob all jabbed so no prob
Posted by SteveRead95 on
In reply to Donal Dolo not everyone is vaccinated or can be, Covid, especially long Covid remains of concern even if the chances now of serious illness or death are very much reduced. In response to Job Jon not wearing a mask out in crowded public places and not using the free lateral flow tests is I am afraid to say irresponsible. We have a morel duty to each other to take what preventative measures we can to ensure we are not carried of Covid and therefore have the ability to pass on others. These few steps will make a significant difference.
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