Four ‘green’ English areas – as Island cases exceed 80

FOUR English regions will remain ‘green’ travel zones from Saturday – meaning virtually all UK travellers will face a minimum five-day quarantine upon arrival in the Island.

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Only Arun, Torridge, the Isle of Wight and Folkestone and Hythe – out of 316 English regions – will be classified as green when the travel risk assessments are updated this weekend. Saturday marks the start of the half-term holiday.

A total of 19 regions are to be upgraded from green to amber, while a further 67 areas are to go from amber to red.

All passengers are tested on arrival in Jersey, with those travelling from green and amber zones required to have a follow-up test five days after landing. Those arriving from red zones are automatically required to quarantine for 14 days.

Under travel guidelines, arrivals who have stayed only in green areas every night during the two weeks before travelling are required to isolate until receiving a negative result from their first test. Those coming from amber regions are required to isolate until the results of their day-five test. Some local workplaces and sporting organisations, however, are now asking anyone who has travelled to stay at home until they have received a negative day-five test, even if they have travelled from green regions.

Meanwhile, all of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are going to be red, while five Scottish regions will remain green including the Orkney Islands, the Shetlands and Aberdeenshire. Pembrokeshire – the only currently green area of Wales – is to be upgraded to amber although Ceredigion is to be downgraded from amber to green.

Under Jersey’s Covid travel restrictions, areas with an average of fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 population for the previous week are classed as green, between 50 and 120 cases leads to an amber rating and anything over 120 cases per 100,000 is classified as red.

Meanwhile, the latest figures show that there are 81 known active cases in the Island – a rise of three from the previous day. Of those 34 are symptomatic and 47 are asymptomatic. One person is currently in hospital.

The Education Department confirmed that one of the new cases was a member of Le Rocquier School’s support team.

A spokesperson for the department said: ‘We were made aware yesterday evening that a member of Le Rocquier School’s support team has tested positive for Covid-19.

‘This individual has not been in school this week, therefore has had no interaction with staff, students or parents.

‘The school remains open following advice from the Contract Tracing Team and all parents have been informed.

‘The school continues to follow the very latest advice from the Health Department and the safety of pupils, families and staff remains paramount.’

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