Gef’s Daily Roundup


We try to avoid Covid in these round ups, but it’s kinda impossible today. So to catch you up, on Friday morning the gov said these places carried a low risk of Covid.

Monday 15 February 2021

  • WH Smith from 9.45am to 10.15am

  • Boots 9.45am to 10.15am

  • TK Maxx 9.45am to 10.15am

  • Newsbeat, Isle of Man Business Park, from 12.15pm to 12.35pm

  • Barbary Coast from 12.30pm to 2pm

  • McDonald’s from 4.15pm to 5.15pm

    Tuesday 16 February 2021

  • Isle of Play, Lester’s Yard 10am to 1pm

  • Java Express Coffee Shop & Noodle Bar from 12.30pm to 1.30pm

  • Manx Gymnastics Centre of Excellence from 8pm to 8.20pm

    Wednesday 17 February 2021

  • Elements of Beauty Onchan from 10am to 12pm

Then they said the Council of Ministers had met and decided against introducing new restrictions at this time.

Shortly after 4pm, the gov then announced that Ballakermeen High School had also been identified as a low risk location and that some students were in isolation. This was followed by five more locations. 

Benefit Fraudster Sentenced

A 31-year-old admitted falsely claiming income support and employed person allowance on the Island between November 2017 and December 2019.

The Douglas woman failed to declare she was being financially supported by her ex-partner from the outset of her claim and had received benefits totalling £34,848.61, to which she was not entitled.

Ralph Peake MHK, Treasury Member with responsibility for Social Security, said: ‘‘This outcome is a credit to the hard work of the Social Security Division’s Investigations Team, and should act as a deterrent to those who may consider or attempt to commit benefit fraud.

‘It is important to ensure that public expenditure on benefits goes only to those entitled, and we will continue to take firm action against those who seek to obtain benefits fraudulently. We must protect these public funds so they can be targeted to those who need them most, so we can offer the required level of protection and support.’

Josem’s Stats

A man who likes numbers, Michael Josem has released data providing a comparison between the Isle of Man and similar jurisdictions including both first and second doses in the attachment.

Here’s a chart comparing the rate that vaccines have been administered in the Isle of Man and other island jurisdictions:

As of Sunday 14 February, the Isle of Man has administered 16.4 doses per 100 people. Guernsey is way ahead at 30.5 doses/100 people, Jersey is at 24.1. England has administered 23.4, with Wales (24.6), Scotland (22.7) and Northern Ireland (22.2) all in the same ballpark. The three EU nations have administered from 5.3 doses per 100 people (Ireland) to 5.6 (Iceland) to 11.3 (Malta).

Allot of thefts

Following a series of thefts from allotments near the Southern Amenity Site, police in the south of the island say they are stepping up their patrols of their area in an effort to uproot the criminals from the area.


It appears that there is no going back on Megxit as Harry and Meghan have told the Queen they ain’t coming back to the UK. The media shy couple recently announced that they will do a sit down interview with Oprah.

Prince Phillip

The Duke of Edinburgh will remain in hospital this weekend, with doctors saying he is under observation. The Prince who is 99 was admitted on Tuesday.The exact reason for his admission has not been disclosed.  However, his stay is not related to coronavirus.


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