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Covid numbers rise to nine

Covid numbers rise to nine

Monday 13 July 2020

Covid numbers rise to nine

The number of people in Jersey officially recorded as having covid-19 has risen to nine - with two of the new cases being travellers who arrived in Jersey over the weekend.

All cases are asymptomatic.

According to the government,

  • four of the infected individuals were detected during proactive screening of the public sector workforce;
  • four were new arrivals into the island;
  • and one received a test as they were admitted to a hospital/care home environment.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 20,741 tests have returned a negative result.

329 individuals have tested positive.

Borders opened just over a week ago, with a testing system put in place at Jersey's airport and harbour. Anyone who returns a negative test result will not have to self-isolate for two weeks - unless they have recently visited a 'red-listed' country.

Among those to trial the airport testing regime was Jersey singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot, who praised the "really well organised testing system upon arrival and speedy results".

Others have also commended the speed of the swabbing, with one arrival reporting on Twitter today that they were "8 minutes from plane to taxi!"

The programme at Elizabeth Terminal, meanwhile, did encounter an issue in its first week after Condor Clipper passengers complained that they were not tested on arrival.

Government officials later said that the passengers were supposed to be tested at the airport instead, and that some passengers may have been confused.

They nonetheless pledged to review the procedure for Clipper arrivals.

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Posted by Jon Jon on
Its going to keep going up and up, noticed recently that more planes are flying here, including private planes. Are pilots tested if they leave the airport as well as air stewards etc? Told they are not.
Posted by T Hanson on
I travelled by boat on Saturday. I thought Condor staff were friendly & helpful, & the system worked well except perhaps the 2 way corridors/walkways don't keep passengers apart especially those passengers that do not make an effort to move to one side where that is possible. Also the WCs were not limited in numbers which makes social distancing very difficult & perhaps should be reviewed. However mandatory face coverings proved to be entirely justified given people suddenly coughing and sneezing. How silly it seems now that wearing face coverings used to be controversial. At the port, I thought the States and staff did extremely well and miles better than in England where there are no checks. We were all treated courteously and the testing was done efficiently, with results emailed and texted within 48hrs. Well done Jersey for testing - I was impressed!
Posted by Peter Brookes on
8 minutes from plane to taxi. Then 20 minutes in a taxi with the poor taxi driver and 26 hours until you get the test back, so it's possible to pass it to everyone you meet until your test comes back!!!
4 from about 3000 (max and we haven't had Saturday or Sunday results back yet. Not 1 every 7 weeks, but 4 in 1 week, so statistically, we're clear until after Christmas now.
Will we be told all the places the unfortunate 4 people have been? Shops, bars, care homes, other?
We must just test and isolate until the result comes back. 26 hours is not the end of the world for anyone.
Nice twitter note above, but if sitting within a specific row of someone on the plane, you will now be isolating for 14 days.
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