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No known Covid cases in sister isle

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JERSEY has now joined Guernsey in its bid to stamp out coronavirus as it reports no known active cases of Covid-19 for the first time since before the lockdown.

Jersey's chief minister John Le Fondre said the island would face connectivity consequences if it does not reopen its borders on Friday. (28419439)

Jersey recorded its first case of Covid-19 on 10 March, when an islander who had returned from northern Italy tested positive, now the remaining two people who recently tested positive in Jersey have been declared free of the virus yesterday.

A tribute was paid to islanders for ‘flattening the curve’ by working together and following public health advice, by their Health and Social Services minister Richard Renouf, who described the news as a significant milestone.

Jersey States members will today begin to debate whether they will open the island’s borders on Friday, with testing on arrival.

Politicians will also be asked to agree to discuss two amendments to ministers’ proposals.

One of these would see people who enter the island speaking to the government’s contact tracing team every day for two weeks on arrival.

The second would see the opening of the borders delayed until 10 July and arriving passengers forced to isolate until a negative coronavirus test result has been confirmed.

Jersey’s chief minister John Le Fondre said the island would face connectivity consequences if it does not reopen its borders on Friday and a likelihood of losing travel operators due to financial pressures on them, if there was a delay, however, upon questioning, Senator Fondre could not back this claim up.

Overall, 14,675 people in Jersey have tested negative, 319 had tested positive and a further 415 samples are awaiting results. There have been 15 proven coronavirus-related deaths and 16 probable coronavirus-related deaths.

Guernsey has been Covid-19-free since the end of April.

Danielle Kenneally

By Danielle Kenneally
News reporter

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