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Covid: Jersey hits 1,000 current cases

Covid: Jersey hits 1,000 current cases

Monday 21 December 2020

Covid: Jersey hits 1,000 current cases

Monday 21 December 2020

It was the milestone which no one wanted, but everyone believed was coming: Jersey now has more than 1,000 active cases of corona virus.

The latest stats published by the government record 1,019 current cases, with an extra 109 being found since yesterday, and 27 people being listed as 'recovered.'

29 of those cases are in hospital, which is one fewer than yesterday, although the reason for that change has not been clarified.

66 are in care homes. All residents of homes who were able to have a test, and wanted to do so, have now had their first vaccination. The second will follow in 21 days. 

The government has now also this evening confirmed two more deaths in hospital, although it is not yet clear whether they were directly related to covid, or if the patient also had a separate condition. 

Last Friday, the government confirmed that at least two people had died as a direct result of having the virus. 

Source of Covid cases

Pictured: current stats from the government.

Those 1,019 active cases have been found in 220,602 tests.

32 of the new cases came from people who contacted doctors after feeling unwell. That makes a total of 637 cases showing symptoms,

3,711 people are listed as direct contacts of the known cases. 

Covid case numbers

Pictured: current stats from the government.

Last week the Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré estimated that the actual number of cases in the community could be about three times the number of officially confirmed cases, meaning Jersey is likely to have up to 3,000 people with the virus, or around 3% of the population. 

The island looks on track to reach the 'worst-case scenario' total of 1,100 active cases by Boxing Day, which was set out by the Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ivan Muscat on 2nd December, when he was explaining the rationale for a 'lockdown-lite' with the closure of the hospitality industry - which was intended to help stop the island reaching that position.

Muscat Exponential Boxing

Pictured: the slide from the December 2nd announcement of a 'hospitality circuit breaker' setting out the worst-case scenario total by Boxing Day.

Since then, the Government has tightened restrictions even further, with stricter Christmas rules, and all UK arrivals being deemed to be 'red', meaning all travellers have to isolate for at least 10 days, and have three tests - that was in response to the new covid variant in the UK, which is thought to be 70% more infectious. 


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Posted by David Bridge on
Well well well! What now CM?
Posted by on
What on earth did they expect when they have been letting people in for months with no isolation who were working on the waterfront and elsewhere in the building industry?

They have finally made everyone coming in have mandatory isolation, this should have happened months ago and we would not be in the position we are now.
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Total disgrace ~ it is time This Government woke up and acted like it knew what was happening around it.
Posted by Paul Acton-Phillips on
Time to make it mandatory to wear a face covering outside of your home?
Posted by Philip Hudson on
I agree with a lot of these comments
The figures are for a small island SHAMEFUL!!
No excuses
jsy. have screwed up badly
Heads should FALL !!!!!
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