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Coronavirus: Important new measures

14 March 2020

Coronavirus: urgent update

The Government of Jersey has announced important new advice to contain the spread of coronavirus in Jersey.

Dr Ivan Muscat, Deputy Medical Officer for Health, is recommending new measures from today (Saturday) to protect Islanders and significantly contain the number of potential Covid-19 cases as a result of updated modelling over the past 24 hours.

This advice includes:

  • Social distancing for over 65s who are not essential for the running of the Island’s services should they wish to continue carrying out their roles
  • Islanders with flu-like symptoms, including a combination of a fever, a cough, muscle aches and headaches should self-isolate until they are symptom free (for a minimum of seven days). This applies whether they have travelled outside Jersey or not and is irrespective of contact with a Covid-19 case
  • only undertaking essential travel into and out of the Island. This does not include travel for medical and compassionate purposes or travel by key workers required to keep essential services running across the Island.
In addition, guidelines for large gatherings and events are under review and will be updated on Monday.

Commenting on the new measures, Dr Muscat said: “We’re putting in place these important new recommendations with immediate effect.

“Social distancing is one of the most important things over 65s can do to protect themselves from coronavirus. Within our current model, this specific form of social distancing could save lives by up to 35% in this age group. It will also reduce the demand on the health service.

“At the same time, we must isolate all those with flu-like symptoms and minimise travel. This advice will help us slow down the virus in Jersey and save lives."

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