Jersey in ‘strong position’ to limit Covid spread

Deputy medical officer of health Dr Ivan Muscat has reassured islanders Jersey “remains in a strong position to limit the spread” of coronavirus.

He acknowledged Covid-19 cases will rise and “community transmission is to be expected”, but public health teams will also “actively survey for asymptomatic infection to prevent onward transmission”.

Asked if there was evidence of community transition currently, the Government of Jersey confirmed they were continuing to investigate the issue.

Dr Muscat said: “Our strategy remains to identity and contain isolated cases, prevent and delay spread through robust contact tracing and enforcement, employed alongside public health measures such as, physical distancing, hand washing and wearing masks.”

He emphasised the contact tracing team and the new Covid Alert app would assist with keeping on top of the spread of the virus.

Dr Muscat said it was “imperative” people continue to follow public health precautions:

  • Wear masks in indoors public places
  • Ensure good ventilation
  • Maintain a distance of at least 1m from anyone from outside your household
  • Wash their hands and touch points regularly.

He added: “Anyone classed as high risk should be assessing their position and choosing activities that present lower risk – in particular they should avoid indoor, crowded places where distancing may be difficult.”

BBC Jersey news

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