Jersey is in the 'early stages of a new Covid wave'

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JERSEY is in the early stages of a new Covid wave, the government has said following a sustained rise in cases.

Since 1 June, the seven-day case rate per 100,000 has soared, rising to 331 on 9 June, 541 on 17 June and 804 by yesterday.

The number of known active cases rose by 302 between 16 June and yesterday, to stand at 941.

There are five patients in hospital with the virus.

A government spokesperson said: ‘Today’s Covid-19 data has shown a sustained rise in cases and indicates that we are now at the beginning of a further wave.

‘We remain in a fortunate position with free PCR and LFT testing available, and Islanders continuing to follow public health guidance.

‘There are currently no plans to either increase or decrease any public health measures or guidance.

‘However, Covid-19 does still remain a threat to the most vulnerable and unvaccinated. It is known that the effects of the vaccines wane over time, which means those that do not keep up with their vaccine schedule are not best protected.

‘As a significant portion of Islanders have not been eligible for the spring booster, and immunity from previous infections doesn’t guarantee protection against new variants, it is vital that everyone keeps doing the right thing to keep each other safe.’

Islanders are asked to:

  • Isolate if you have symptoms and get a PCR test

  • Use a lateral-flow test twice a week and before visiting vulnerable people or settings

  • Keep up to date with vaccination

  • Improve ventilation by opening windows

  • Wash and sanitise your hands regularly

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • A blocked or runny nose or sneezing

  • Feeling tired or exhausted

  • A sore throat

  • A headache or dizziness

  • A new, continuous cough

  • A high temperature or shivering (chills)

  • Shortness of breath

  • An aching body

  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

  • Loss of appetite

  • Diarrhoea

  • Feeling sick or being sick

The government says that if you have any of these symptoms, you should stay at home and book a PCR test.

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