Covid-19 strategy: Jersey to move to level one this week?

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It had originally been expected that the Island’s move from Level 2 to Level 1 of the strategy would occur during the penultimate week of July.

But ministers opted to delay this for at least two weeks as a result of the number of people visiting the Island and the continued presence of active cases of coronavirus.

Since the borders were opened on 3 July, the number of known active cases reached a maximum of nine on 13 July but has since fallen to six in the latest update, issued yesterday.

Five of the current cases are asymptomatic, while one person is displaying symptoms. The decision regarding Level 1, which has been Jersey’s status since 12 June, is expected to be taken after ministers have considered the views of Jersey’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, which met yesterday.

Under Level 1, gatherings of more than 40 people may be permitted, although a number of restrictions originally due to be lifted during Level 1 have already come in during Level 2. While Jersey’s numbers remain low, there has been concern about spikes in Covid-19 activity in parts of France, Spain and England.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last week that he would be putting the brakes on the move out of lockdown. His decision followed the reintroduction of some restrictions in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and parts of Lancashire.

Meanwhile, the government have announced that they have upgraded the travel risk status of Malta and Czech Republic from green to amber.

This means anyone travelling into the Island from either of those two countries will have to take two coronavirus tests when they arrive and on day five of their return and must isolate until they get a second negative result.

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