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Government defends isolation rules after new covid variant discovered in Rennes

Government defends isolation rules after new covid variant discovered in Rennes

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Government defends isolation rules after new covid variant discovered in Rennes

Isolation arrangements for travelling French workers are robust despite a new variant of covid-19 being discovered in Rennes, according to the Government.

A number of construction workers regularly fly to and from Rennes Airport in a 19-seater Beechcraft 1900 aircraft.

Most of them are employed or contracted by Group Legendre, a large French construction company currently building the Horizon apartment blocks on the Waterfront, as part of a joint venture with the Government-owned Jersey Development Company.

They are exempted from the normal isolation rules to allow them to work straight away; however, they have to adhere to a specific set of criteria, which restricts them to their hotel when not at work.

However, a new variant of covid-19 has recently been identified in a care home just outside Rennes.

A significant cluster of the variant was discovered in Chantepie, in the south-eastern suburbs of the Breton city. 


Pictured: Rennes is 80 miles south of Jersey.

A doctor in Rennes told the French media: “It’s a variant that we have isolated since October, and it is not the British strain.

“Visits and outings were immediately suspended, as were communal activities. All residents who tested positive, and were suspected of carrying the variant, were transferred to a dedicated area, reserved for covid patients, and staff isolated at home.

“A virus mutates. It is normal that it changes as it spreads. This one changes but less than that of the flu, for example; it is relatively stable genetically. A virus does not have no need to transfer to be super dangerous and this one is already super dangerous.”

In Jersey, a Government spokesperson said that the isolation regime in place for workers flying in from Rennes was robust but was always under review: “All critical workers must apply for permission to divert from the isolation requirements prior to arrival in Jersey,” she said. “Their application is supported by a risk management plan for each employee.

“Isolation exemptions only cover the time they spend at work. At all other times they must still isolate until the end of their agreed isolation period.

“The critical workers must isolate until their first negative, as a minimum, unless as part of an emergency role.

“The arrangements are under constant review based on the assessment of risk at the time.”

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Posted by Scott Mills on
Im sure they go straight to the hotel and back to work on a daily basis!!!! never to a shop or anything during lunch. Alrighty then.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Surely you can't class them as crucial workers, this should stop immediately, as why do we need to bother with any restrictions !
Posted by Keith Marsh on
Total madness. Stop this silly action, the Island has enough problems of our own, despite importing more.
I fail to see the need to import construction workers, use local labour, and SAVE LIVES
Posted by Private Individual on
To keep allowing a known red hot spot into the island is COMPLETE MADNESS!

The UK has just shut all its travel corridors we should be doing the same thing by not allowing workers in who can infect us again and again.

Why is this still being allowed? Perhaps if they had employed local workers and companies instead of outside ones we would not be in this position now.

The fact is that contracts have been signed and deadlines have to be met or massive penalties will ensue.

The Covid express is going to keep coming in from Renne every week until the development is built, or the pandemic is over.

Money talks.
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