HQ – WHEN I STOOD HERE LAST WEEK IT WAS A CLUSTER, NOW IT’S GOT WORSE AND WE HAVE MORE CASES WHICH HAVE NO TRACEABLE SOURCE SO FAR

AS MORE INFO BECAME CLEAR WE TOOK PRECAUTIONARY ACTION AND ASKED BUSINESSES TO CLOSE WHILE WE ASSESSED INFO

NOT TAKEN LIGHTLY, COMIN BALANCED IMPACT TO HEALTH, SOCIETY AND ECONOMY

THANKS TO BUSINESSES FOR ACTING RESPONSIBLY

COMIN MET OVER WEEKEND AND ON MONDAY TO MAKE SURE PLANS WERE READY

SUNDAY INTO MONDAY, WE HAD MORE CASES, THEN MONDAY WE HAD NEW SURPRISES CASES 

LATE LAST NIGHT WE KNEW ONE WAS A SCHOOL KID, COMIN MET MONDAY NIGHT, NOW WE KNOW IT’S NOT ISOLATED AND IS WIDESPREAD

WE HOPE TO HAVE GIVEN ALL OVER 50s AND CLINICALLY VULNERABLE FIRST DOSE IN APRIL, MAYBE THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT OUTCOME IF IT HAPPENED NEXT MONTH

WE WILL HAVE TO MOVE AWAY FROM LOCAL ELIMINATION TO LIVING WITH THE VIRUS

WE REVIEWED JAN LOCKDOWN AND WORKED OUT HOW TO DO IT THIS TIME

GOV CONTINUES TO FOLLOW SCIENCE AND TAKE DECISIVE ACTION

RESPONSE CONTINUES TO BE LED BY FIVE CORE THINGS TO PROTECT – LIVES, KEY INFRASTRUCTURE, SAFETY AND WELFARE, RETURN TO NORMALITY, PROTECT ROLLOUT OF VAX PROGRAMME 

RULES:

  • STAY AT HOME, EXCEPT FOR FOOD, EXERCISE OR IF CAN’T WORK FROM HOME

  • CAN GO TO DOCS OR FOR VACCINES

  • 2M SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • IF YOU GO OUTSIDE WE STRONGLY ADVISE FACE COVERING

  • MUST WEAR COVERINGS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • AVOID CROWDS

  • STOP ALL HOUSEHOLD MIXING

  • HOSPITALITY AND LEISURE VENUES MUST CLOSE

  • NON-ESSENTIAL RETAIL MUST CLOSE TO PUBLIC BUT CAN DO CLICK AND COLLECT AND BUILDING SUPPLIES

  • LIFESTYLE ETC MUST CLOSE

  • SCHOOLS CLOSED TO MAJORITY OF STUDENTS, ONLINE LEARNING IS BACK 

  • SCHOOLS ONLY OPEN TO ESSENTIAL WORKER KIDS AND THOSE WHO ARE VULNERABLE

  • HUB SCHOOLS ARE GONE, ALL SCHOOLS ARE OPEN, GIVES BETTER AND MORE FAMILIAR SERVICE FOR KIDS

  • OUTDOOR WORKERS CAN WORK, BUT MUST ONLY DO SO WITH COVERINGS AND DISTANCING BUT CAN’T WORK IN OCCUPIED HOUSE EXCEPT IN EMERGENCIES

  • BUSINESSES NEED TO SUPPORT EMPLOYEES LIKE LAST TIME

  • ONLY ESSENTIAL STAFF SHOULD BE ON SITE

THANKS TO THOSE THAT CLOSED EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN’T ACTUALLY SAY YOU HAD TO 

MERA AND SALARY SUPPORT IS BACK BABY – SEE ALFS COVERAGE HERE

GREAT COST TO LOCKING DOWN, ECONOMICALLY AND SOCIALLY

GOOD CAUSE TO BE OPTIMISTIC, VAX PROGRAMME PROTECTING MOST VULNERABLE AND WILL REDUCE NEED FOR FUTURE LOCKDOWNS

CAN’T LET THE GUARD DOWN

ULTIMATE AIM IN SIGHT BUT DANGEROUS OBSTACLES IN THE WAY

VACCINES ARE THE KEY, GOING WELL

MARCH SEES CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN SUPPLY, EXPECT TO HIT 1,000 PER DAY LATER THIS WEEK

TODAY IS ABOUT GIVING SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES TIME TO ACTIVATE PLANS

DON’T PANIC BUY – THINK OF OTHERS

THIS WILL BE HARD ON ALL OF US BUT IF WE GET IT RIGHT ONE MORE TIME THEN IT’LL BE ALL GOOD

SINCERELY HOPE 21 DAYS WILL WORK AS BEFORE 

STAY HOME, CONSIDER WHETHER IT’S REALLY NECESSARY TO GO OUT

MEASURES WILL TAKE LEGAL EFFECT FROM 00.01 WEDNESDAY

QUESTIONS:

RALPH PEAKE – SHAME WE HAVEN’T HAD ENOUGH PEOPLE VACCINATED TO PREVENT LOCKDOWN, CAN WE MOVE TO VACCINE MORE PEOPLE QUICKER?

HQ – WE WANT TO GET AS MANY VACCINATED AS POSSIBLE BUT IT ONLY MAKES TWO WEEKS DIFFERENCE AT THIS STAGE. ADDITIONAL VACCINES WILL ENABLE US TO REALLY RAMP UP THE ROLLOUT 

CAPT PAUL QUINE – WILL YOU AGREE WITH ME THAT WE SHOULD PRIORITISE AIRCREWS AND GROUND STAFF FOR VACCINES?

HQ – COMPLEX SITUATION REVIEWED ON CASE BY CASE BASIS WE WILL IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS WHEN WE HAVE THEM.

BILL SHIMMINS – WHY IS OUR VACCINE PROGRAMME LAGGING BEHIND OUR NEIGHBOURS? TOO COMPLACENT, WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG? GALLING THAT WE HAVE OVER 11,300 DOSES WHILE WE HAVE COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION, WHY DON’T WE TAKE THE ACTION AND FOLLOW THE SCIENTIFIC ACTION IN UK AND CHANNEL ISLANDS?

HQ – WE STARTED TWO WEEKS LATER BECAUSE LEGALITIES, DAVID HAS SAID WE’RE ON 1,000 WEEK. WE’RE NOT COMPARING APPLES WITH APPLES, UK IS NOT ALREADY GIVING VACCINES IT’S ABOUT OFFERING THE JABS. UK HAS SAID BY MID APRIL, THEY WANT TO HAVE DONE A CERTAIN CATEGORY BUT WE WILL BE ON SIMILAR LEVEL BY THEN. 

LAWRIE HOOPER – CAN’T BE CERTAIN ABOUT STEAM PACKET LINK, INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT WENT WRONG, WILL YOU PUBLISH THAT REPORT? INABILITY TO TRACE CLUSTER, GOV SAYS GENOME WON’T HELP TRACING, BUT THAT IS AT ODDS WITH UK AND WHO, THEY SAY IT IS A VALUABLE TOOL FOR TRACING, £12M IN UK ON GENOME SYSTEM IN RECENT WEEKS, WHY DON’T YOU CONCUR?

HQ – FIRSTLY I HAVE ASKED CHIEF SECRETARY (WILL GREENHOW) TO REVIEW IT, GENUINE MISTAKES, WANT TO LEARN FROM THIS AND HAVE ASKED FOR REVIEW. NOT AN EXPERT ON GENOMES BUT CLINICAL TRIAL ON EFFICACY AND DR EWART WILL EVALUATE THIS AND ADVISE COMIN. LIVERPOOL LAB IS GREAT THO.

JASON MOORHOUSE – WHAT FACTORS PREVENTED EARLIER INTERVENTION, SATURDAY APPROACH HAS BEEN QUESTIONED AND BUSINESSES HAVE SAID IT WAS INADEQUATE. WE ARE PRIVILEGED TO HEAR IT EARLY AND WORK VIRTUALLY, MANY CAN’T

HQ – BALANCE, WE WAITED FOR FACTUAL INFO. OVER THE WEEKEND WE DID TRACK AND TRACE AND THEIR HIGH RISKS CAME BACK NEGATIVE. NO EVIDENCE ON COMMUNITY SPREAD.

8.15PM ON MONDAY I WAS TOLD, COMIN MET AT 9PM (WAS WATCHING WOULD I LIE TO YOU) WE PUT OUT STATEMENT AND FELT THE NEED TO GIVE BRIEFING THIS MORNING. WE’VE GIVEN PUBLIC 24 HOURS NOTICE, LAST THING WE WANTED WAS A CIRCUIT BREAKER AND EVIDENCE ONLY BECAME CLEAR LAST NIGHT.

ROB CALLISTER – DID COMIN CONSIDER ALLOWING FAMILY BUBBLES TO HELP WITH WORK, EDUCATION AND LOOKING AFTER KIDDIES?

HQ – YES WE DID CONSIDER IT AND OUR ADVISORS SAID NO. HOUSEHOLD MIXING IS BIGGEST RISK OF SPREAD. IF SITUATION SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES WE CAN REMOVE RESTRICTIONS BUT WE NEED TO STOP PEOPLE MXING.

CLAIRE CHRISTIAN – WHEN WILL COVID-19 SYMPTOMS LIST BE UPDATED? GUERNSEY HAS DIFFERENT LIST AND PEOPLE MAY NOT BE AWARE THEY HAVE IT.

HQ – DIDN’T KNOW AND I’M DISAPPOINTED IF HASN’T BEEN UPDATED, WILL GET IT LOOKED AT NOW.

JULIE EDGE – FED UP OF HEARING WE’RE MOVING AFTER EVERYONE ELSE, WE SHOULD BE FIRST. WILL YOU PUBLISH STEAM PACKET REVIEW? WILL YOU COMMIT TO TESTING AND VACCINATING FOR SCHOOL STAFF? ESPECIALLY THE ADULT LEARNING STAFF WHO WORK WILL VULNERABLE PEOPLE?

HQ – NOT AT THIS STAGE, MITIGATIONS IN PLACE TO REDUCE SPREAD, REDUCED NUMBER OF KIDS IN SCHOOLS, WILL FOLLOW GUIDELINES. MANX SOLUTIONS FOR MANX SITUATIONS. SHAME ABOUT THIRD LOCKDOWN BUT STILL BETTER THAN OTHERS.

CHRIS THOMAS – HAS COMIN CONSIDERED DELAY TO 2ND DOSE TO GET MORE PEOPLE JABBED, HAVE YOU CONSIDERED VULNERABILITY INSIDE HOUSEHOLDS FOR PEOPLE WHO NEED EXTRA SUPPORT, WE NEED MORE FLEXIBILITY. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR HIM TO BE TOLD ABOUT POSITIVE CASES?

HQ – VACCINATION BETWEEN 1ST AND 2ND HAS ALREADY BEEN EXTENDED TO 10 WEEKS, HAVE FOLLOWED OTHERS.

AS DAVID HAS SAID THIS ONLY BRINGS THE RATE FORWARD BY TWO WEEKS

INFORMED OF CASES WHEN IT IS APPROPRIATE TO DO SO WE NEED DATA TO MAKE DECISIONS SO JUST BEING TOLD WE HAVE CASES ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH.

WE ARE LOOKING AT HOUSE BUBBLES FOR THOSE WHO ARE LIVING ALONE OR HAVE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND NEED EXTRA SUPPORT.

DR AL – WOULD YOU AGREE IT IS VITAL TO HAVE CONTROLLED TRANSITION INTO LOCKDOWN TO MANAGE ANXIETY AND MAKE SURE NO ONE IS LEFT BEHIND? TESTING AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS ON REQUEST.

HQ – THANK YOU MINISTER, YES I AGREE TO EVERYTHING YOU JUST SAID.

DAPHNE CAIN – COMMUNICATION, HOW CLEAR WAS THE LEVEL OF PRECAUTION EXPRESSED IN PAST WEEK. CHANCES OF INCREASED RISK WAS KNOWN LAST WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND. WOULD YOU CONSIDER A FUTURE ALERT MESSAGE? INSTEAD OF LATE NIGHT STATEMENT, WHY NOT BE CLEAR LAST NIGHT SO PEOPLE CAN MAKE OWN DECISIONS? PEOPLE SAYING GOV HAS LOST ITS WAY ON CLARITY.

HQ – WE TRUSTED PEOPLE TO DO THE RIGHT THING, GAVE BRIEFINGS ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY. WAS TOO LATE TO IMPLEMENT RESTRICTIONS, ASKED PEOPLE NOT TO GO OUT. WHILST SOME PEOPLE WENT OUT, MOST STAYED AT HOME. LOTS OF STUFF CANCELLED. WE’D HOPED TO FIND A LINK BUT WE COULDN’T. WE HAVE TO WORK WITH BEST INFO WE HAVE. WE’RE LEARNING AS WE GO.

DAVID ASHFORD – VACCINES EFFICACY BUILDS AFTER TIME, EVEN IF EVERY 2ND DOSE WE HAVE IN STOCK WAS USED FOR 1ST JAB, WE’D STILL BE IN LOCKDOWN AND WE WILL REACH END OF SCHEDULE AT SAME TIME AS UK. WHAT IMPACTS VACCINES IS SUPPLY. MEMBERS BEEN TOLD HOW THIS WORKS, MARCH ALWAYS PERIOD FOR EXTRA – DO YOU AGREE?

HQ – YES MINISTER I AGREE

CLARE BARBER 2 – CAN YOU COMMIT TO ANALYSIS OF HOW MANY KIDS WENT TO SCHOOL ON JAN 6 WHEN PARENTS GOT FURTHER NOTICE OF LOCKDOWN COMPARED TO TODAY AND WILL KIDS WHO GO TO ALL SCHOOLS THAT TAKE KIDS FROM ACROSS THE ISLAND (CHURCH SCHOOLS) CAN GO TO NEAREST SCHOOL?

HQ – YES KEY WORKER KIDS CAN GO TO THEIR NEAREST SCHOOL WE CAN LOOK AT DATA.

TIM BAKER – 

SPEAKER – HELLO? HELLO? I’LL COME BACK TO YOU.

CLAIRE CHRISTIAN 2 – COULD WE HAVE BROUGHT IN SOME MEASURES LIKE FACE COVERINGS LAST WEEK OR SOCIAL DISTANCING?

HQ – WE DIDN’T THINK IT WAS NECESSARY, MASK WEARING IS UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL, RESPECT PEOPLE’S CHOICES. UNTIL LATE LAST NIGHT WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOOD BUT THIS CHANGED IT.

TIM BAKER – CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? DOES CHIEF MIN AGREE WITH ME THAT IT’S A LAST RESORT? WE KNOW IT HAS A SIGNIFICANT COST. COMIN HAD TO BE VERY SURE BEFORE WE DID THIS? AND DO YOU AGREE WE NEEDED A PRESS BRIEFING WHICH NEEDED A TYNWALD BRIEFING, MOVED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

HQ – YES MINISTER I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU JUST SAID.

BILL SHIMMINS 2 – UNFORTUNATELY OUR APPROACH HAS BEEN A SLOW MOTION TRAIN CRASH, WHY DIDN’T YOU ACT EARLIER? IF YOU’D DONE SOCIAL DISTANCING WE COULD’VE AVOIDED THIS. INDECISION IS PAINFUL AND HURTING THE ISLAND. 

HQ – WE DIDN’T DITHER, WE DIDN’T HAVE THE DATA TO SUPPORT THE CHANGES, CAN’T JUST MAKE CHANGES WITHOUT DATA TO SUPPORT THEM. WE DIDN’T HAVE CAUSE FOR CONCERN AT THE TIME. WE ONLY GOT THE DATA LAST NIGHT, FAST MOVING AND FLUID. WE GOT THE INFO AND KNEW WHAT WE HAD TO DO.

LAWRIE HOOPER 2 – SURPRISING COMIN WAS ABLE TO MEET ON A SATURDAY, PUT OUT STATEMENT AND THEN DO BRIEFING ADVISING PEOPLE TO STAY AT HOME, WHY COULDN’T YOU DO THAT TODAY? WHO DECIDED NOT TO PROSECUTE THE STEAM PACKET AND WHY? WHEN WILL YOU PROVIDE ADEQUATE TRANSPORT FOR PEOPLE FROM THE NORTH TO GET TO THE VACCINE HUBS?

HQ – CIRCUMSTANCES OF SATURDAY WAS TOTALLY DIFFERENT. STEAM PACKET – I HAVE ASKED FOR A REVIEW, NO EVIDENCE OF CRIMINALITY, JUST A MISUNDERSTANDING, CHIEF SECRETARY IS DOING A REVIEW OF THE SITUATION. TRANSPORT – WE’RE WORKING ON IT AND SUPPORT WILL BE PUT IN PLACE, TIM BAKER IS BETTER PLACED TO ADVISE ON THAT. WE DID RAMSEY HUB AND IN PEEL, BOTH ATTENDED VERY WELL. IF WE WERE IN UK THEN WE WOULDN’T HAVE SO MANY HUBS.

JASON MOORHOUSE 2 – I’M CONCERNED, YOU SEEM TO BE LOOKING AT DATA AND NOT OVERVIEW. HOW DID WE GO FROM SATURDAY WHEN WE KNEW ENOUGH TO TODAY’S LAST RESORT? WHEN WILL WE BE UPDATED ON GROUND STAFF AT AIRPORT? HOW IS IT POSSIBLE IT ONLY EFFECTS YEAR 8?

HQ – WHEN THE DATA CAME IN, WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE THE DECISION. IT’S A VERY SERIOUS SITUATION YOU KNOW, NEED TO MAKE SURE DATA BACKS IT UP, IT’S ALL RISK AND HOW TO BALANCE IT. MITIGATION MEASURES AT AIRPORT FOR STAFF.

JULIE EDGE 2 – WE’VE BEEN TOLD THE UNEXPLAINED CASES WERE LIMITED SPREAD BUT WEEKEND OF FEB 20 THERE WERE MANY LARGE EVENTS ON THE ISLAND. WHY DID WE NOT CONSIDER WHAT HAPPENED THAT WEEKEND AND PUT A CALL OUT FOR SURVEILLANCE? WILL YOU COMMIT TO A TIMELINE OF EVENTS GOING BACK TO FEB 15? WHY HAVE HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS BEEN CANCELLED AND STEAM PACKET REVIEW SHOULD BE INDEPENDENT NOT CHIEF SECRETARY.

HQ – HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS, DAVID WILL UPDATE YOU ON THAT. SYMPTOMS AND SOURCE THAT MATTER BUT WHEN TIMELINE BECOMES AVAILABLE WE WILL SHARE IT. STEAM PACKET – IT’S REGRETTABLE, VERY DISAPPOINTED, MUST LEARN FROM IT, I DON’T WANT A WITCH HUNT. WILL DISCUSS SHARING THE REVIEW WITH HONOURABLE MEMBERS.

CHRIS THOMAS 2 – GIVEN DAVID’S DEFENCE OF NOT ASKING PEOPLE TO DELAY 2ND DOSE, THE UK HAS DECIDED TO DO THIS AND SAY IT WILL SAVE LIVES, SOME VERY VULNERABLE PEOPLE HAVE NOT HAD EVEN THEIR 1ST YET.

HQ – NO I WON’T. PEOPLE ARE REASSURED BY 2ND JAB, IF WE’VE GIVEN A DATE THEN WE SHOULD HONOUR THEM. WE HAVE MOVED TO THE 10 WEEKS ON ONE JAB, WILL HELP US BRING IT FORWARD BY TWO WEEKS. CANCELLING JABS WOULD ONLY LEAD TO CONFUSION WHICH WE WANT TO AVOID.