Covid-19

Union Doubts Gov Sincerity

Unite the Union has said the gov’s comments about safety measures on its buses ‘are not done with sincerity’.  Regional Officer Debbie Halsall was responding to comments made by Bus Vannin earlier today. She has said that drivers were told to clean down buses themselves and that Bus Vannin management […]

Support Bubbles

Adults who live alone and lone parents and their children can now “team-up” with one other household when they feel they need support. CoMin agreed the change yesterday following the announcement that the current COVID-19 measures will stay in place until at least 6 April.  A person living on their […]

When Will It End?

The Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee – Prom Scheme Tim Baker DOI Minister  Nick Black CEO DOI Main scheme delayed by January lockdown and ongoing circuit breaker ‘Need to focus in the main job and get that finished’ November feasible time to look at the Horse Tram  The people […]

Ramsey Bin Men Isolating

One of  Ramsey Town Commissioners’ refuse collection teams are self-isolating after a positive Covid-19 test.  One member of the team developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for the virus.  The other two crew members in the working “bubble” have been contact-traced, advised to self-isolate, and will also be tested.   Due […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 12th MARCH

Howard, David, Dr Henny Well good afternoon everyone. Sad news that another member of our community has lost their life to Covid-19 My heart goes out to family and friends. Sincere condolences The unhappy fact is that Covid has taken so many lives around the world We have now tragically […]

Islander Dies from Covid

A patient at Noble’s Hospital has died of COVID-19. This is the first death from the virus in the Isle of Man since 5 November 2020.  It takes the total number of people to have lost their lives to the virus on the island to 26. Chief Minister, Howard Quayle […]

Exercise Rules Changed for Some in Isolation

The gov has revised the rules around exercise for people who are in certain types of self-isolation. The review reflects the challenges some people could face where the virus spreads amongst members of a household, resulting in the self-isolation period resetting with each new case, and therefore lasting for a […]

Gov Hints at New Air Bridges

With today’s announcement that the Classic TT and MGP have also fallen victim to Covid, the gov has hinted towards new air bridge links for the island. Last year of course an air bridge linked the Isle of Man with Guernsey, which allowed Manxies and Guerns to swap islands and […]

MGP and Classic TT Red Flagged

The Gov has confirmed that this year’s Classic TT and MGP races have been cancelled.  The races were due to run from Sunday August 22 to Friday September 3. Enterprise Minister Laurence Skelly said: ‘Despite the undoubted progress that the Isle of Man and the UK are making in rolling […]

People Not Told Their Appointments Were Moved

People are reporting they have been turned away from the Chester Street vaccine hub, despite having an appointment for their second jabs. Second doses at the Chester Street hub were moved back from their original dates, with the DHSC saying those affected were sent letters confirming this. However, some people […]

Packet Will Transfer Southern 100 Bookings

Following the announcement that the Southern 100 has been cancelled, the Steam Packet has confirmed that affected passengers will be offered the opportunity to transfer their booking or receive a full refund.   From Wednesday 10th March, customers affected by the cancellation of the road race event will be able to transfer […]

Exit Strategy Published

Nearly a year after the pandemic began, the Manx gov has now published its proposed exit strategy, which will, in time, lead to the opening of our borders.  The document itself is just under 30 pages and consists of a history lesson, a look at where we are, and the […]

Southern 100 Cancelled

Not a major surprise, but still a major disappointment as the organisers of the Southern 100 have confirmed the races have had to be cancelled again this year. This decision means only the Manx GP and Classic TT have not yet been formally cancelled, but it is widely expected this […]

HQ’s Exit Strategy To Tynwald

Tynwald kicks off with President Steve Rodan reading a message from Lord of Mann, Queen Elizabeth II  HQ statement: Almost a week since we entered a third lockdown, thanks to all the public for playing their part. Only time will tell, a critical moment in this outbreak. Cases at a […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 8th MARCH

HOWARD, DAVID, DR AL, DR HENNY  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  NUMBERS 1 RESULT AWAITING 56 NEW CASES 369 ACTIVE TOTAL 8 IN HOSPITAL 1 ICU SNAPSHOT AS ALWAYS, MAY INCREASE AS THE DAY GOES ON HOWARD WE’RE TESTING LOADS OF PEOPLE AROUND 14% ARE COMING BACK POSITIVE  DR HENNY OF […]

Register For Jabs Online

Members of the public who have received an invitation letter, can now register for their COVID-19 vaccination online via covid19.gov.im/vaccine. People will then receive either an email, letter or phone call to confirm their vaccine appointments. The online form, which Gef called for last week when it became clear that […]

Clarity For Students

Manx students will not sit regular exams this year, with GCSE and A-Level grades to be determined by way of school assessed grades. It had already been confirmed that students across the UK would not be sitting summer exams, but the situation for Manx students was less clear as the […]

If You Have Symptoms, Call 111

Anyone with symptoms is asked to contact 111 immediately. Do not assume the symptoms are something else.   The Contact Tracing team are continuing to work tirelessly through the significant number of close contacts of those who test positive for the virus. They are asking people to be patient whilst the […]

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 […]

Schools to Stay Shut Monday

Hub schools, nurseries and childminders will not reopen on Monday. The Council of Ministers have reviewed the situation this morning, and have made the decision to extend the firebreak closure of schools, nurseries and childminders to help stop the spread of the virus, particularly amongst the Island’s young people.  There […]

Five in Hospital as Cases Rise

Five people are receiving treatment in hospital for Covid-19 related illnesses as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise on the island. A further 71 cases were confirmed on Friday meaning the total number of active cases now stands at 234. More than 1,000 people are currently in self-isolation – with […]

DHSC Confirms Cervical Screenings Can Continue

GPs have been asked to continue providing cervical screening services, with enhanced safety measures in place to protect patients and staff.   The Director of Public Health and the DHSC have confirmed that the procedure can continue to be offered safely, with mitigations to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.  It […]

Updated: Smear Testing Reinstated

A post on a GP’s Facebook page has said that smear tests can continue in general practice. Ramsey Group Practice has said: ‘We are pleased to announce we have just had word from Head of Primary Care that cervical screening can continue in general practice. We cancelled all our patients […]

Covid Protections Introduced for Primary Care

New measures have been introduced within the Primary Care sector to further protect patients, staff and the wider public as a result of the increase in positive Covid-19 cases.  With immediate effect: Dentists will be able to provide advice, and prescribe analgesia (pain relief) and antibiotics to patients as required, but […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 5th MARCH

HOWARD, DAVID, DR AL, DR HENNY WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  REMOVE MASKS  NUMBERS – LAST 24 HOURS – ‘SNAPSHOT’ 59 NEW CASES 163 ACTIVE CASES 2 IN HOSPITAL DHSC SERVICES ASSESSMENT  MORE SELF ISOLATION MEANS STAFFING HAS BEEN AFFECTED STAFF WILL BE REDEPLOYED TO VACCINATION AND TEST  CANCER SCREENINGS GOING […]

Construction Sector Closed

The Council of Ministers has met this morning to review the ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Following discussions, CoMin has taken the decision that the island’s construction sector must stop work for an initial period of two weeks from the end of the day today (Friday 5 March).  This […]

All Schools Shut

All of the island’s schools are to close to all children, including those who are considered vulnerable or are the children of key workers. A gov statement said: ‘‘Given a growing number of COVID-19 cases on the Island, particularly amongst children, all of the Island’s schools, nurseries and childminders will […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 4th MARCH

HOWARD, ASHY, DR HENNY, DR AL  WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  NUMBERS 12 RESULTS OUTSTANDING 36 NEW CASES TOTAL ACTIVE CASES 106 2 IN HOSPITAL 21 FROM UNKNOWN SOURCES HOWARD WE EXPECTED IT TO HAPPEN  WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEE CASES AS THE VIRUS INCUBATES  THIS IS WHY STAYING AT HOME […]

Pool Confirmed as Place of Interest

The Western Swimming Pool has had confirmation from contact tracing that a customer in one of our organised session on the evening of March 1st between 5.30-6.430pm has tested positive for Covid-19. 111 contact tracing is in place and we have provided all necessary information for other customers within this […]

111 Can’t Cope With Volume of Calls

People invited to register for a vaccination are being asked to delay calling 111 until Saturday 6 March.  The 111 service is experiencing an unprecedented volume of incoming calls at present, and as a result some cannot be answered. To avoid people waiting on the line or making repeated calls, those […]

School Meal Vouchers in Post

Parents of children who normally get free school meals will again receive vouchers to spend on essential groceries during the circuit break lockdown. Schools and nurseries are now closed to the majority of students although the most vulnerable and children of essential workers can still attend. The Free School Meal […]

IOM GOV BRIEFING – 3rd MARCH

HOWARD, DAVID, DR HENNY, DR AL WELL GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE  DAY ONE OF THE LOCKDOWN  NUMBERS  DAVE ON ZOOM  33703 TOTAL TESTS UNDERTAKEN 33681 TOTAL TESTS CONCLUDED 22 AWAITING TEST RESULTS 17 NEW CASES 70 ACTIVE CASES 67 COMMUNITY 3 HOSPITAL 14 UNKNOWN SOURCE HOWARD  THANKS DAVE, SPREADS QUICKLY DOESN’T […]

Vaccine Reserve List Trialled

Health Minister David Ashford says the island has wasted very few Covid-19 vaccines, but 15 were thrown away in a single day as no one could be found to take them. Mr Ashford was asked by Lawrie Hooper MHK what the island’s protocol is for surplus vaccine doses and how […]

Over 65s to Get Jab Invite

The vaccination programme will continue as planned during the latest circuit break lockdown, with additional measures in place to protect staff and patients. Invitation letters will be sent from this week to the next priority group for vaccination – residents aged between 65 and 70. It comes as the final […]

GP Surgery Among Low Risk Covid Locations

Two new locations have been identified which could pose a low risk of contracting COVID-19 for people who visited at specific times. The locations and times are as follows: Friday 26 February 2021 Tesco, Lake Road, Douglas from 8:00am to 8:50am Kensington Group Practice, Westmoreland Road, Douglas from 10:45am to […]