Coronavirus warning for islanders returning from Italy

People in Jersey who have visited towns in Northern Italy are being told to isolate themselves for two weeks over coronavirus concerns.

Anyone who has returned from one of ten towns in the Lombardy Region and Vo’ Euganeo in Veneto must stay at home even if they have no flu-like symptoms.

So far there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Jersey or Guernsey, while 13 people have tested positive for the virus in the UK.

Our clinicians are working hard to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and we can all play our part by following advice. We should self-isolate where appropriate, call the helpline and not turn up unannounced at the GP’s surgery or Emergency Department, and practice basic hygiene. Washing hands regularly, ensuring surface and touch-surface hygiene, and using tissues when we cough and sneeze plays a critical role in minimising the spread of viruses like this.

Dr Ivan Muscat, Consultant Microbiologist.

Jersey’s government are also warning people to call their helpline if they have returned from a country affected by coronavirus or are concerned that they have symptoms of the virus.

Anyone who has returned from staying at H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife, where one person has been found to be affected by Coronavirus, is being asked to self-isolate for 14 days, whether or not they have symptoms.

List of Countries affected:

  • Northern Italy (specific lockdown areas as designated by the government of Italy)

  • Mainland China

  • Iran

  • South Korea

  • Thailand

  • Japan

  • Hong Kong

  • Taiwan

  • Singapore

  • Malaysia

  • Macau

  • Vietnam

  • Cambodia

  • Laos

  • Myanmar