08 December 2021
The Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, has issued the following statement:
“This evening the Competent Authorities Ministers met to discuss the Island’s COVID-19 position, the risk posed by the Omicron variant, and the measures announced today by the UK Prime Minister.
“At present there are no detected cases of the Omicron variant in the Island, our hospital capacity and resilience remain high, and there has been a steady decrease in the total number of active cases over the past days. As a result, Ministers have taken the decision not to implement any additional restrictive measures at this stage. We must continue to act based on our own COVID position and clinical evidence, and not act prematurely based on changes in other jurisdictions.
“Ministers will continue to monitor the situation closely over the coming days, and will take appropriate action if we anticipate a significant rise in cases or hospitalisation.
“I want to thank all Islanders for their continued diligence and for taking personal responsibility for combatting the spread of COVID in our community. This includes the strongly encouraged use of face masks in shops, and the high take-up of Lateral Flow testing at home and in businesses. Approximately 50,000 registrations have been received to date across the home, school and workplace LFT programmes. Please continue to use these tests to keep your family, your friends and your colleagues safe, especially if attending a public event or Christmas party.
“Vaccination remains our best defence against COVID, so please continue to support our COVID vaccination and booster programme, which we are continuing to expand. If you are a young person who is eligible for a second dose of the vaccine or an adult who is eligible for a booster dose, I urge you to book your appointment as soon as it is available to you.
"Equally, if you have not yet received a first dose of the vaccine, please do book an appointment. It's not too late to start protecting yourself and others.”