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Coronavirus tests: All-clear from Hospital

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A TOTAL of nine people have been tested for coronavirus in Jersey, with all the tests coming back as negative.

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A week after the Island’s first suspected case of the virus led to a man being isolated at the General Hospital, the Health Department yesterday issued an ‘all-clear’ update.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We can confirm that a total of nine tests have been received back. All patients have negative results for the coronavirus. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Jersey.’

The results of tests on the first suspected Jersey case were confirmed on Monday, and eight other individuals have subsequently been tested. The Health Department is asking anyone who has returned from China, Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau to self-isolate for 14 days if they develop flu-like symptons. They should also phone their GP in the case of such symptoms. The current outbreak stemmed from the Chinese city of Wuhan and was declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organisation on 29 January.

With approaching 3,000 tests having taken place in the UK, nine cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. There have been more than 65,000 confirmed cases globally, and more than 1,400 deaths, mainly in China.

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