Five Covid Cases Identified

Five new cases of Covid-19 have been detected on the island in the last 24 hours.

Two cases were detected on Tuesday evening and reported this morning. Since then, an additional three have been identified from subsequent testing of close contacts.

All individuals are self-isolating along with members of their household, further tests will be offered and contact tracing is continuing.

The current number of active cases on the is 10 with one individual in ICU with the virus. The person who is in ICU is has recently returned from the UK following specialised medical treatment.

As one of the cases involves a child who attends Bunscoill Rhumsaa (Ramsey primary school), the gov is liaising closely with the headteacher.

Following advice from Public Health the school will be open on Thursday following a deep clean overnight. 

Education Minister Dr Alex Allinson said: ‘All parents have been informed and the class, their teacher, other close contacts and members of their households have been asked to self-isolate until contacted by contact tracing.’

If any parents are concerned that they or their child have Covid-19 symptoms they are asked to contact 111, and the school will update parents as information becomes available.

The latest outbreak comes as Tynwald discusses its exit strategy which would see a move from an elimination strategy for Covid-19 to one of mitigation. 

Dr Henrietta Ewart, Director of Public Health, said: ‘We are exploring any possibility of onward transmission and the contact tracing team are working to build the full picture. Despite lifting legal restrictions on Monday, the global pandemic is still happening around us and we need to maintain the highest levels of vigilance.  

‘We should continue to do the things that help protect ourselves and others: respecting people’s space, using a face mask in crowded areas, not spending too long in poorly ventilated places and continuing to wash our hands regularly and catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue or our elbow.’ 

Anyone who develops symptoms should stay at home and call 111 to arrange a test.

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