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More than 700 in quarantine as direct contacts

More than 700 in quarantine as direct contacts

Monday 14 June 2021

More than 700 in quarantine as direct contacts


More than 700 people are in quarantine after being identified as direct contacts of the island's 43 confirmed covid cases.

The Government confirmed the latest stats, which encompass Friday to Sunday, this afternoon.

The case numbers were a rise of 13 on Thursday - one case was seeking healthcare, eight were identified through inbound travel and four were picked up during the contact tracing process. 

The Government confirmed that there was no unknown spread, with the contact tracing team "able to identify each positive case back to a known source."

29 cases are symptomatic and 14 cases are asymptomatic.

Strategic Lead of Covid Safe, Environmental Health's Caroline Maffia said: “We continue to pursue all links to cases to understand how and where the transmission of covid-19 has occurred. Thanks to good contact tracing measures; the honesty, accuracy and speed of information from individuals that have tested positive for covid-19, we have been able to link new cases back to an original source, which for the time being, means all cases remain linked to the border.

“Providing accurate contact tracing details when visiting hospitality venues is critically important to our Covid Safe team, who work tirelessly to trace cases and direct contacts. This practice will remain in place for the foreseeable future and should be respected by venue visitors. 

“We are grateful to businesses who are complying with the legal contact tracing requirements. This continues to help us find and test people most at risk and subsequently slow onwards transmission in the island.” 

It comes as new UK research about the Delta variant, which was first discovered in India, suggest its symptoms are more likely to resemble a bad cold or hay fever, particularly among young people with a headache, sore throat and runny nose now the most commonly reported symptoms.

The Zoe Covid Symptom Study, which is based on around one million weekly reports, also recently found that, in the UK, the current risk of a new covid infection among the unvaccinated is one in 2,908, while after one vaccine dose it is one in 7,091. After two vaccine doses, this becomes one in 22,455.

Jersey's Government said its testing strategy already fitted with the new profile of covid infections - since April, anyone who newly develops one of the following symptoms without an obvious reason is urged to get tested:

  • fever
  • cough
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • diarrhoea
  • fatigue/tiredness
  • muscle ache
  • loss of smell/taste

6,811 people were tested and received their results over the weekend.

The number of fully vaccinated islanders now stands at more than 50,000 - nearly half of Jersey's population. Meanwhile, 64,541 people have received a single dose of the vaccine.

9% of individuals aged between 18 and 29 - the age group where cases are rising most rapidly in the UK - have been jabbed in Jersey.

The latest case, test and vaccination figures come on the day that certain covid restrictions being relaxed, with the legal requirement for masks removed, except on public transport, in the bus station and at the ports.

Others, however, including the ability to order drinks at a bar and go to a nightclub, have been delayed by a week.

“Although we continue to relax measures, it is important the public remain mindful of the remaining responsibilities they have to keep everyone safe," Deputy Medical Officer for Health Dr Ivan Muscat said.

“The presence of the Delta variant as the dominant strain has been anticipated throughout relaxation measures and support of existing requirements. We can expect the majority of cases on island to be the Delta variant, as this is now known to make up 96% of the sequenced cases being found in the UK. I encourage those eligible who are over 18, to book for their covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible as this offers significant protection against this strain. 

“Finding common routes of transmission whether that be social gatherings or venue attendance, helps us to understand the risks presented by the current number of cases. At this time, we remain confident that the cases on island continue to be supressed thanks to the testing and tracing measures.”

Currently, more than 80 businesses across seven sectors are signed up to the Government's lateral flow testing programme, although it has not been confirmed how many individuals this relates to. More businesses are still being encouraged to sign up.

Director of Testing and Tracing Rachel Williams said: “Regular testing will help keep businesses running and customers confident that they are as safe as possible. Over the summer, we encourage public facing businesses to utilise the weekly, lateral flow testing programme which has been designed to be quick and easy for staff."

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Posted by Private Individual on
PCR tests should be carried out on ALL inbound travelers with another test conducted when they land.

These cases are a direct result of the failure of the government to implement strict isolation on arrival before they are allowed out into the community before testing negative.

This is the 3rd wave and it's coming fast.
Posted by Martin on
At the current rate of 43 C19 cases in Jersey & JUST 2 in Guernsey I wonder what our neighbours are doing right!

At this ascending level of cases we will soon be into the hundreds and the when SOME start breaching quarantine we will possibly be in the third wave?

Does our Gov have a C19 number in mind ( Eg 200 ) before introducing restrictions - AGAIN?
Posted by Paul Troalic on
This surge in cases is a direct result of allowing 10000 people to fly in for a holiday from the UK mainland.
I wonder why this hasn't been mentioned?
Ironically the same thing happened in the UK when Boris allowed 110 aircraft in from India, the worst affected place on the planet.
Why will governments not accept the errors of their actions.
Once again JLF trying to emulate government politics.
Posted by Peter Townend on
I have to say that when I went to France on business three weeks ago I was required to have a PCR test to get in. Can someone in authority explain why Jersey is not doing the same for people who arrive in this island - untested and now with the new regulations can almost instantly go out into the community and spread any disease they bring with them?
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