WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE

LOTS OF IMPORTANT INFO TODAY

YOU WILL HAVE HEARD BORIS YESTERDAY, IT’S BLEAK IN THE UK 

SITUATION ON ISLAND EVOLVING QUICKLY 

THINGS KICKED OFF HERE ON SUNDAY AND WE NOW HAVE FURTHER CONCERNS

6 POSITIVES LAST NIGHT AND ONE MORE THIS AFTERNOON 

MIXED CIRCUMSTANCES BUT ATM NO LINK TO NYE CASES

COMIN MET THIS AM AND WE HAVE SOME NEW MEASURES

IT WON’T BE EASY TO HEAR, BUT I WILL BE FRANK

DAVID AND HENRIETTA ARE HERE TOO

NEW CASES
WE NOW HAVE EVIDENCE OF SPREAD TO OTHERS FROM A TRAVEL CASE

SIGNIFICANT RISK OF WIDESPREAD COMMUNITY INFECTION 

NO NEED TO PANIC, BUT WE NEED TO ACT 

WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR VACCINATION PROGRAMME, AND MAKE SURE IT ISN’T PUT AT RISK 

HENRIETTA ON CONTACT TRACING 

PARTICULAR CONCERN IS THAT NEW CASES HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF CLOSE CONTACTS, AND CONTACTS ARE SPREAD OVER A NUMBER OF LOCATIONS 

WE CAN’T BE SURE WE HAVE CLOSED EVERY PART OF THE CHAIN THROUGH CONTACT TRACING

IT’S A LARGE JOB GIVEN THE NUMBER OF CONTACTS. IT’LL TAKE TIME, THEREFORE THERE IS FURTHER RISK OF SPREAD

CONTEXT – HQ

  • WE DON’T YET KNOW IF THE CASES ARE THE NEW VARIANT

  • VACANT BED CAPACITY AT NOBLES IS LOW

  • WE CAN’T DEPEND ON NHS FRIENDS IN ENGLAND, THEY HAVE HAVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS

  • WE’RE FOCUSING ON LOCAL ELIMINATION

BOLD ACTIONS = CIRCUIT BREAKER APPROACH 

WE WILL GO IN HARD AND FAST, IT’S DONE THE JOB BEFORE

NEW MEASURES FROM MIDNIGHT TOMORROW

  • STAY AT HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE 

  • 2M SOCIAL DISTANCING 

  • DON’T GATHER WITH ANYONE NOT IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD

  • EXERCISE ONCE A DAY BUT ONLY WITH PEOPLE FROM YOUR HOUSEHOLD – WEAR A FACE COVERING 

  • AVOID CROWDED PLACES 

  • FUNERALS WITH 10 ONLY 

  • WFH BY THURSDAY OR IF NOT BEFORE 

  • IF YOU NEED A SKELETON TEAM, KEEP IT TO A MINIMUM 

  • CONSTRUCTION NEED TO STOP APART FROM EMERGENCIES

  • MANUFACTURING CAN CONTINUE WITH DISTANCING 

  • SCHOOLS AND NURSERIES WILL CLOSE. HUBS WILL BE REACTIVATED 

  • SCHOOL ATTENDANCE IS NON COMPULSORY

  • HOSPITALITY TO CLOSE ASAP. NO LATER THAN MIDNIGHT TOMORROW

  • TAKEAWAYS OR DELIVERY ALLOWED

  • NON ESSENTIAL SHOPS MUST CLOSE 

  • END OF BUSINESS BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS TOMORROW, FOR MOST 

  • HARDWARE AND GARDEN CENTRES CAN STAY OPEN

  • FOOD SHOPS AND PHARMACY CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL 

SHOPPING

ONE PERSON OR ONE PERSON AND A CHILD IF SINGLE PARENT

DON’T PANIC BUY – WE DIDN’T RUN OUT OF FOOD LAST TIME 

LIFESTYLE BUSINESSES WILL CLOSE – BEAUTY AND HAIRDRESSERS

FACE COVERINGS COMPULSORY ON ALL PUBLIC TRANSPORT

TAXI’S SHOULD ONLY PICK UP PASSENGERS WITH FACE COVERINGS 

NO SPEED LIMIT BUT DRIVE CAREFULLY 

VULNERABLE PLEASE SHIELD FOR INITIAL ONE WEEK

NO CARE HOME VISITS FOR A WEEK WHILE SITUATION IS EVALUATED 

LEVEL 5 ON BORDERS – WE CAN’T GUARANTEE YOU’LL GET BACK IF YOU TRAVEL AFTER TODAY 

THOSE WHO RETURN IN NEXT 3O HOURS WILL PAY £50 FOR THREE TESTS – DAY ONE, DAY 6, DAY 13

RETURNEES WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO SELF ISOLATE WITH OTHERS (EXCEPT THOSE THEY TRAVELLED WITH)

DAVID

IMPORTANT THAT WE PRESERVE BED CAPACITY 

ELECTIVE SURGERY CANCELLED FOR NEXT 2 DAYS – WILL BE REVIEWED AGAIN 

SHIELD FOR THE NEXT WEEK 

PATIENT TRANSFERS CONTINUING WHERE CAPACITY ALLOWS. WILL LOOK TO ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THOSE WHO DO NEED TO TRAVEL

PPE PROTOCOLS BEING REACTIVATED HEALTHCARE, SAME ADVISED FOR CARE HOMES

CARE HOMES SHOULD CLOSE FOR A WEEK 

MINIMAL VISITING – COMPASSIONATE GROUND ONLY 

NEED TO PROTECT FRONT DOOR ENTRY POINTS – CONTACT TRACING WILL BE IN PLACE 

HOWARD

UNLIKELY TO KNOW FULL EXTENT OF COMMUNITY SPREAD FOR 2 WEEKS

MEASURES IN PLACE FOR 21 DAYS

HOPE TO END ON THE 27TH JAN 

FINANCIAL PACKAGES

SALARY SUPPORT AND MERA FOR 3 WEEK PERIOD

MEASURES MAY SEEM SEVERE BUT COMIN AGREED DECISIVE AND BOLD

WE DON’T NEED TO PANIC BUT WE CAN’T DELAY 

THERE WILL BE LOTS OF Q, TEAM WORKING ON ISSUING ADDITIONAL DETAILS 

FROM 8AM TOMORROW COMMUNITY LINE WILL BE BACK FOR NON-MEDICAL ENQUIRIES 686262

111 FOR MEDICAL ENQUIRIES ONLY 

STAY AT HOME IF YOU CAN 

DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO STAY SAFE 

WASH YOUR HANDS

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

WEAR A MASK 

QUESTIONS 

JUAN: A LOT OF INFO TO DIGEST. WILL THE ISOLATION PERIOD INCREASE AS SYMPTOMS ARE SHOWING AFTER 14 DAYS?

HQ: RETURNING RESIDENTS NOW HAVE THREE TESTS, DAY 1 AND DAY 13. FURTHER TEST ON DAY 6 OR 7 TO ENSURE WE PICK UP COVID IN THE MIDDLE OF THE INCUBATION PERIOD. 

DA: DAY 1 AND 13 TEST IS DESIGNED TO DEAL WITH IT. NEVER SAY NEVER WITH COVID. MIDPOINT TESTING IS TO IDENTIFY THOSE WHO MAY BE POSITIVE AND POSE A RISK. SOME DON’T TEST POSITIVE ON DAY 1 OR 13, BUT THEY MAY HAVE BEEN INFECTIOUS IN THE MIDDLE

JUAN: WHY ISN’T COMING INTO PLACE TONIGHT?

HQ: BUSINESSES NEED TIME TO PREPARE, BUT IF YOU CAN SHUT DOWN EARLIER, DO IT. SCHOOLS NEED TO PREO TOO 

DA: BUSINESSES NEED TIME TO PREP FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, THEY NEED A WINDOW, PERFECTLY REASONABLE TO GIVE PEOPLE 24 HOURS NOTICE

ALEX: LEVEL 5 ON BORDERS CAUSED PROBLEMS LAST TIME. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE?

HQ: THEY CAN COME BACK, BUT CAN’T QUARANTINE WITH OTHERS AND NEED 3 X TESTS

IF PEOPLE CHOOSE TO TRAVEL NOW, THEY CAN’T EXPECT TO COME BACK GIVEN THE SITUATION IN THE UK. IF YOU TRAVEL AFTER TODAY, YOU ARE GOING WITH THE FULL KNOWLEDGE YOU MIGHT NOT COME BACK IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE. 

ALEX: 3 DAYS AGO, YOU TOLD US THE RISK WAS LOW. COULD THESE MEASURES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN SOONER?

HQ: WE DON’T BELIEVE THESE CASES ARE LINKED TO NYE. THIS IS A NEW CASE AND THAT’S WHY WE’VE HAD TO TAKE ACTION. WE KNEW IT WOULD TAKE ANOTHER WEEK TO SEE IF WE WERE OUT OF THE WOODS. HOWEVER, THIS IS A NON RELATED INCIDENT 

DA: IMPORTANT TO EMPHASISE THAT 6 CASES AREN’T LINKED TO NYE, THEY ARE SEPARATE AND VERY DIFFERENT 

SAM: MORE DETAIL PATIENT TRANSFERS PLEASE?

DA: CARRYING ON AS NORMAL FOR THOSE WHO CLINICALLY NEED TO BE SEEN. GOING BACK THROUGH THE LIST TO MAKE SURE THEY DEFFO NEED TO BE SEEN. 

SAM: WILL REMOTE LEARNING BE IMPROVED THIS TIME FOR MANX STUDENTS?

HQ: WE WERE ALL LEARNING LAST TIME. SCHOOLS HAVE PLANS TO DELIVER AN IMPROVED SERVICE THIS TIME ROUND. DR AL WILL BE HERE TOMORROW TO SHARE PLANS FOR REMOTE LEARNING FOR ALL STUDENTS.

ROB: HOW CONFIDENT ARE YOU ABOUT THE FINANCIAL PACKAGES?

HQ: ALF IS PREPPING THE PLANS, THERE IS ENOUGH MONEY FOR EVERYONE WHO NEEDS IT. WE’RE LIGHTER IN THE POCKED FROM ROUND ONE BUT RESERVES ARE HEALTHY. TREASURY HAVE IT HAND

ROB: NEW VARIANT, HAS THE ISLAND GOT THE CAPACITY TO WORK OUT IF IT IS PRESENT?

DR H: WE SEND TO THE UK GENOMIC LAB TO ENSURE UK CONSISTENCY. NEW VARIANT IS NOT KEY TO MANAGEMENT. WE MAY LEARN IT HAS OTHER DIFFERENCES OVERTIME

PAUL: CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? CAN YOU CLARIFY DENTISTS AND DOCTORS?

DR H: BUSINESS AS USUAL

PAUL: CASES HAVE SNUCK THROUGH EVEN WITH THE GOLD STANDARD, WHY AREN’T YOU MOVING TO 3 WEEKS? 

DR H: INCUBATION PERIOD 1- 14 DAYS WITH A MEDIAN OF 5 DAYS. 14 DAYS SHOULD BE APPROPRIATE. BUT THERE ARE SOME CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE OF THOSE

  • PERSON COULD DEVELOP SYMPTOMS BUT NOT REPORT THEM

  • THEY COULD BE IN THE 1% THAT GOES BEYOND 14 DAYS

  • WHEN RETURNING FROM TRAVEL CAN TEST NEGATIVE BUT DEVELOP VIRUS ASYMPTOMICALLY AND PASS IT ON TO OTHERS WITHOUT KNOWING IT. BUT PERSON YOU INFECTED THEN GO ON TO PRESENT WITH SYMPTOMS.

PAUL: GIVING PEOPLE GRACE FOR NON-ESSENTIAL, PEOPLE MIGHT GO OUT AND LET THERE HAIR DOWN. PANIC BUYING HAS ALREADY STARTED. TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY TO BUY MORE AND HAVE A BEER?

HQ: WE HAVE TO GIVE A BASIC AMOUNT OF NOTICE, 24 HOURS IS AS SHORT AS WE CAN DO. INCREASED TESTING BECAUSE OF UK INCREASE. UNFORTUNATE WE’VE HAD THESE TWO DIFFERENT OUTBREAKS

DR H: DAMNED IF YOU DO, DAMNED IF YOU DON’T

TIM: LOTS OF INFO, CAN I SEEK SOME CLARIFICATION…
– SPORT – NO UNLESS WITH SAME FAMILY MEMBER. YOU CAN’T MEET WITH ANYONE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD. GO FOR A WALK INSTEAD

– HOUSE MOVES – ONLY WITH EXCEPTIONAL REASONS 

– CHURCH – NO WEDDINGS, FUNERALS WITH ONLY 10

TIM: LOTS OF PEOPLE IN ISOLATION, TO THE WHOLE HOUSEHOLD, NEED TO ISOLATE TOO? AND WHAT ABOUT MASKS?

DR H: PEOPLE WILL BE ASKED TO SELF ISOLATE WITH HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS. NATURE OF NEW CASES MEANS THE VENUES ARE HIGH RISK. WHAT MATTERS WITH COVID IS THE AMOUNT OF INTERACTION.

DR H: THE EVIDENCE HAS BEEN ACCRUING OVER THE PANDEMIC. INITIALLY, EVIDENCE WAS ON THE FENCE. WEIGHT OF EVIDENCE DOES FAVOUR MASKS TO PREVENT SPREAD.

JOSH: HOW WILL THE NEW MEASURES BE POLICED? HOW WILL THEY BE ENFORCED?

HQ: WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE TO DO THEIR BEST FOR THEIR ISLAND COMMUNITY. WENT 7 MONTHS WITHOUT COMMUNITY SPREAD. 3 WEEK PERIOD TO GET THROUGH IT. HOPE PEOPLE RESPECT THE RULES AND REGS, RULE BREAKERS WILL BE FINED. THINK OF MUM, DAD, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOURS AND TAKE ADVICE GIVEN. 

– PEOPLE OF THE IOM WILL RISE TO THE CHALLENGE AND MAKE IT PROUD

– POLICE DID A GRAND JOB LAST TIME, THEY WILL DEAL WITH IT EVEN HANDEDLY 

– GATHERINGS ARE A BLATANT BREAK OF THE RULES, AND THEY WILL BE DEALT WITH. 

JOSH: DO YOU ACCEPT GOV POLICY HAS FAILED?

HQ: WE HAVE SOME OF THE TOUGHEST RULES IN THE WORLD. UK HAS 10 DAYS, WE HAD 14 DAYS. MEASURES WORKED WELL FOR A LONG TIME. IMPLEMENTED TESTING DAY 1 AND 13 TO STRENGTHEN. 

HOPEFULLY, WE’LL BE BACK DOWN TO ZERO CASES SOON AND GETTING BACK ON WITH OUR LIVES 

DR H: POLICY WORKED WELL UNTIL INFECTION RATE ROSE IN THE UK

HQ: HINDSIGHT IS A WONDERFUL THING BUT WE BROUGHT IN DAY 1 AND DAY 13 WHEN WE SPOTTED THE RATE GETTING HIGHER

SIMON: DO YOU NEED TO SEEK TYNWALD APPROVAL FOR EMERGENCY POWERS? 

HQ: COMIN CAN IMPLEMENT FOR 14 DAYS LEGALLY. WILL GO TO TYNWALD ON THE 19TH FOR APPROVAL 

SIMON: WILL PATIENT TRANSFERS BE FAST TRACKED FOR VACCINATIONS?

DA: LOOKING AT IT, NEED TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT LOGISTICS. TWO DOSES REQUIRED SO LOOKING TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO GET AS MUCH PROTECTION AS POSSIBLE FOR PATIENTS. 

CLOSING

LAST TIME YOU MADE THE RIGHT DECISIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY  

PLEASE DO THE SAME

YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO

TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT AGAIN 

STAY SAFE, BE RESPONSIBLE, STAY AT HOME 

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