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WATCH: Guernsey's Chief Minister tests positive for covid

WATCH: Guernsey's Chief Minister tests positive for covid

Wednesday 17 November 2021

WATCH: Guernsey's Chief Minister tests positive for covid

Wednesday 17 November 2021


Guernsey's Chief Minister and several other island States Members has tested positive for covid.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache, who normally leads the island's covid press conferences, was out of action today.

Deputy Heidi Soulsby, who is Guernsey's Health President and Vice-Chair of the Civil Contingencies Authority (CCA), Guernsey's emergency decision-making body, took the lead instead.

She explained that Deputy Ferbrache, himself the CCA Chair, had recently received a positive PCR test.

Deputy Souslby said he "hasn’t been feeling very well" and opted to attend meetings virtually from home yesterday, before receiving his positive covid result this morning.

It follows several other Guernsey politicians testing positive for covid, including Deputy Steve Falla, who recently visited Jersey with six other politicians and Guernsey parliamentary officials to discuss common interests and future cooperation with counterparts from the other Crown Dependencies.

Also at the meeting was Jersey's Senator Sam Mézec, who has since tested positive for covid and advised islanders to get vaccinated to shield themselves from the more severe effects of the condition.

Today's press conference followed an announcement by Guernsey's CCA last night that they had decided not to make face mask use compulsory following a vote.

Deputy Soulsby was questioned about the Chief Minister’s decision not to wear a mask at the Remembrance Day Sunday Service at the Cenotaph in London, and his subsequent positive covid result.

"I think that is a question for Deputy Ferbrache, he is a patient after all and I don’t know what instructions were given to those who attended the ceremony at the cenotaph.”

Earlier this week, Deputy Ferbrache admitted that he should have worn a face mask at a recent breakfast meeting with Catholic leaders.

He said his compliance with CCA recommendations had "not been perfect", but said he had since redoubled his efforts to be vigilant and fully understood the need for government to "lead by example".

There are currently 482 known individuals with covid in Guernsey. As of yesterday, there were 910 in Jersey.

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Posted by Private Individual on
Well, it seems that some people must be forced into doing the right thing!

Wash your hands, get vaccinated, stay 6ft apart and wear a mask. All of which has been politicians mantra for 2 years now.

never the less, even when they are vaccinated they are all still catching this virus. Do like me and stay at home and only go to work and do not go out at night and definitely do not socialise with anyone.

It works, I have not caught Covid and I am now much richer for not having to buy a round of drinks on a night out or pay high prices for bad service and a minuscule amount of food on my plate.

A win-win situation for everyone!
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