IOM GOV UPDATE 19TH NOV

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE

UPDATE

THREE NEW CASES OF COVID-19 SINCE LAST WEEK

THEY ARE PART OF THE CLUSTER

THEY WERE ALREADY SELF ISOLATING

AND ALL BECAME SYMPTOMATIC DURING ISOLATION

TO THOSE WHO HAVE ISOLATED – THANKS FOR FOLLOWING THE RULES, YOU’VE PROTECTED THE ISLAND.

A BIG THANKS TO THE CONTACT TRACERS AND EVERYONE IN THE TEST AND TRACE PROCESS

NINE ACTIVE CASES IN TOTAL

  • SIX ARE PART OF THE CLUSTER

  • TWO ARE FROM OFF ISLAND

  • ONE PATIENT TRANSFER

HOUSEHOLD ISO

HOUSEHOLD ISO MEASURES CAME INTO PLACE TODAY- WHICH WERE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK

GOOD PROGRESS ON THE NEW ACCOMMODATION SCHEME

  • 129 PROPERTIES HAVE BEEN REGISTERED.

  • 133 RESIDENTS SIGNED UP FOR SCHEME.

IF YOU WANT TO BOOK ACCOM, FIND FULL DETAILS AT www.gov.im/covid19

WE’VE UPDATED OUR Q&A ON ISOLATION AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

REMEMBER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS ONLY FOR RETURNING ISLAND RESIDENTS AND IS A ONE-OFF SUPPORT.

IF YOU’VE ALREADY BOOKED ACCOM BEFORE ANNOUNCEMENT, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR SUPPORT.

EXERCISE WHEN ISOLATING

AS LONG AS YOU’VE NOT TESTED POSITIVE OR SHOWING SYMPTOMS, WEAR MASK, SOCIAL DISTANCE, EXERCISE ONLY WITH PEOPLE FROM YOUR HOUSEHOLD.

HOUSEHOLDERS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE TRAVELLED SHOULD DISTANCE AT HOME, AS FAR AS PRACTICAL- USE SEPERATE BEDROOMS, BATHROOM IF AVAILABLE, AVOID SHARED SPACES WHILE OTHERS ARE PRESENT, REGULAR HANDWASHING AND KEEP YOUR HOME CLEAN.

VACCINES- ANOTHER WEEK OF PROGRESS

MODERNA IS APPARENTLY 95% EFFECTIVE 

OXFORD LOOKS ENCOURAGING FOR IMMUNE RESPONSE IN OLDER ADULTS

RUSSIAN VACCINE LOOKS GOOD TOO

PLANNING ON MASS ISLAND VACCINATION AND HAVE SECURED ACCESS TO THE UK’S VACCINES

HQ – ‘IT’S A SILVER BULLET, NOT A SPEEDY ONE’

VACCINATION SCHEME TO THIS SCALE HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE SO THERE WILL BE LOGISTICAL CHALLENGES AND IT WILL TAKE TIME.

WE’LL TARGET MOST VULNERABLE GROUPS FIRST SO CARE HOMES AND NURSING HOMES

BUT WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON VACCINES

QNS

ITV JOSH: NUMBERS OF VACCINE ON ISLAND? 

ASHY- TBF IT WILL PROBABLY BE A MIX OF VACCINES. THE UK HAS PLACED A LOT OF ORDERS ACROSS DIFFERENT TYPES OF VACCINES. THEY ALL APPEAR TO HAVE A SIMILAR SORT OF EFFECTIVENESS. IT’S LOOKING POSITIVE. WE’LL GET A SHARE BASED ON POPULATION.

HQ- WE WON’T GET 10S OF THOUSANDS. DRIPS AND DRABS. WE’LL GET OUR PER CAPITA SHARE.

SAM: A LADY MESSAGED ME, AND SHE ALSO MESSAGED YOU HEALTH MINISTER. SHE WAS TRAVELLING BACK ON A PATIENT TRANSFER FLIGHT. THE PLANE WAS QUITE FULL FOR A LADY WHO IS USING PATIENT TRANSFER, WITH NO SOCIAL DISTANCING. COULD PROVISIONS BE MADE FOR PEOPLE TRAVELLING BACK?

ASHY- THIS ISN’T NEW, SAM. IT’S A WORRYING TIME FOR EVERYONE, BUT AIRLINES ARE COMMERCIAL. THEY ARE SIDE BY SIDE WITH PEOPLE, NOT FACE TO FACE WHICH MAKES A DIFFERENCE. 

SAM: DENTISTS, HAS THEIR PPE STRUCTURE CHANGED AND WILL THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR IT?

ASHY- I DON’T THINK IT’S A CHANGE SAM. WE’VE SOURCED PPE, WHICH MIGHT BE THE CHANGE. PPE WAS IN HIGH DEMAND AT WORLD. BUT DENTISTS HAVE ALWAYS HAD TO PAY. 

LEANNE: ASHY, WE’RE SEEING THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE AGAINST VACCINES. WHAT IF THEY OPT-OUT?

ASHY- WE NEED PEOPLE TO KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF THE VACCINE. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ANTI-VAXXERS. I HAVE NEVER BEEN A SUPPORTER OF MANDATORY VACCINATIONS, BUT WE SHOULD GET THE MESSAGE OUT. YOU’RE NOT JUST PROTECTING YOURSELF, BUT OTHER PEOPLE.

LEANNE: IF SOMEONE OPTS TO NOT GET THE VACCINE, WILL THERE BE LIMITATIONS?

ASHY: TOO EARLY TO SAY, WE HAVE NO PLANS TO GO DOWN THAT ROUTE ATM.

PAUL: ASHY, I WANT TO REVISIT THE LETTER. WHY DID YOU NOT THINK THIS WOULD BE V IMPORTANT? IT CAN’T BE SUBSTANTIATED. YOU COULD HAVE WRITTEN IT? 

ASHY- THE LETTER WAS DISPOSED OF, BECAUSE OF GDPR. WE DO IT WITH ALL LETTERS. THERE WERE ALLEGATIONS ABOUT DR GLOV? I DON’T THINK SO.

PAUL- IT WAS TRASH TALKING. THE MEDIA WERE VILIFIED. WHAT YOU HAVE DONE CAN NEVER BE CHECKED. THERE IS NO PROOF.

ASHY- I FOLLOWED DATA PROTECTION PROCEDURES. 

PAUL- DO YOU THINK IT’S FINE TO GET RID OF PROOF?

HQ- CAN YOU NOT INTERRUPT???

ASHY- IT’S THE SAME THING WITH ANY LETTER. EVERYTHING IS SHREDDED. 

SIMON: IS GOV CLOSE TO MAKING DECISION ABOUT TT? IS IT REALISTIC TO HOLD IT LATER IN THE YEAR IF WE KNOW IT WILL BE BETTER?

HQ- WE’RE CHATTING ABOUT THIS IN COMIN. ME OR THE MINISTER FOR ENTERPRISE WILL UPDATE YOU. THERE ARE SEVERAL OPTIONS AVAILABLE. 

TIM: ASHY, YOU HAVE A CRUTCH. IS THE CRUTCH TO BEAT PAUL MOLTON WITH?

ASHY- I HAVE A HUGE CYST ON THE BACK OF MY KNEECAP. YOU’LL SEE ME WITH CRUTCHES.

HQ- ITS GOOD THAT YOU’RE NOT HERE PAUL.

TIM: YOU’RE NOT AS POPULAR AS YOU WERE? YOU’VE BEEN A LOT LESS POPULAR WITH LETTERGATE AND PAYING A PR COMPANY.

HQ – MOST MONEY HAS BEEN TO MANX RADIO, NEWSPAPERS, AND 3FM

TIM – GEF THE MONGOOSE HAVE BEEN GETTING MONEY FOR PR, GEF THE MONGOOSE ARE YOUR PR.

HQ – NO, THEY’RE NOT OUR PR AND THERE’S MORE MONEY GOING TO MANX RADIO.

CLOSING

WE’RE COUNTING DOWN TO THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES WHICH IS A CONTRAST TO OUR NEIGHBOURS ACROSS THE WATER.

WE ARE LUCKY WE CAN COME TOGETHER, NO SOCIAL DISTANCING, EVERYTHING NORMAL.

IT’S REMARKABLE AND WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE BUT WE’RE ANXIOUS ABOUT CHRISTMAS AND OUR SUCCESS WILL BE DOWN TO THE GREAT MANX PUBLIC.