Second positive Covid-19 case in island

GUERNSEY now has two active Covid-19 cases.

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The latest case was confirmed publicly yesterday.

It again involved a returning traveller who followed the self-isolation requirements when they came back to the Bailiwick.

The other current case was confirmed on a day seven swab from a person who had travelled to the island from the UK.

They had also gone straight into compulsory isolation on returning.

The first case in 130 days, again a returning traveller, was confirmed as recovered late last week.

In the UK the health secretary, Matt Hancock, has warned that it is at a ‘tipping point’ nationally.

New coronavirus restrictions on London could be introduced in the coming days.

‘We face a choice. If everybody follows the rules – and we’ll be increasingly stringent on the people who are not following the rules – then we can avoid further national lockdowns.

‘But we of course have to be prepared to take action if that it what is necessary.

‘I don’t rule it out; I don’t want to see it.’

The UK government has announced fines of up to £10,000 for people who fail to comply with a request to self-isolate, and a £500 lump sum for low-paid workers who need to stay at home.

Daily cases were 3,899 nationally yesterday, up 569 from the week before and showing a continuing upward trend.

New England-wide measures could be announced as early as tomorrow.

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