81 New Cases as Over 600 Tested

Cases of Covid-19 have continued to rise on the island and six people are now being treated in hospital.

A further 81 cases were confirmed after testing on Saturday meaning the total number of active cases now stands at 315. More than 1,000 people are currently in self-isolation – with 187 instructed to do so in the previous 24 hours.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle said: ‘I understand that the numbers may cause concern to the public but increasingly, they should be the result of transmission within households. We are not yet at the peak but may reach that point early next week as we start to see the effects of the first week of lockdown.

‘We are entering an important phase. It is more important than ever that we work together as a community by staying at home as much as possible to protect our vaccination programme and front line services.’

The Council of Ministers has considered the situation regarding schools, nurseries and childminders. Given the most recent data, they will remain closed tomorrow (Monday 8 March). Announcements on provision beyond Monday will follow shortly. 

Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘We have made the important and necessary decision to keep schools, nurseries and childminders closed for tomorrow to stop transmission between our young people. We are continuing to review this and are ready to make any changes when it is safe to do so but for now I ask you to please keep your children home.’

On Saturday, more than 600 people were swabbed on the island with 81 (13%) testing positive.