France added to list of affected areas in Guernsey and Jersey travel advice

Islanders returning to Guernsey and Jersey from France should self isolate for 14 days if they experience symptoms of Coronavirus according to the updated travel advice.

France has been added to the Group B list of areas, which includes Thailand, Vietnam, affected regions of Northern Italy and Tenerife for passengers returning after 17 February. Jersey's government has also added Germany its list.

So far, there have been no confirmed Coronavirus cases in either Guernsey or Jersey.

Anyone who has recently returned from those areas in Group B and experiences even mild symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, should stay indoors and contact public health services.

This advice differs from that of Group A areas, which includes Mainland China, Iran, South Korea and locked-down areas of Northern Italy. Anyone returning from these areas should self isolate for 14 days irrespective of whether or not they show symptoms.

Any islanders who feel very unwell should phone 999 and tell the operator of their symptoms and travel history.

Jersey's government has also issued the following advice to help islanders minimise the risk of contracting the virus:

  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds using soap and water. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol - especially after using public transport.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

  • Stay at home if you feel sick.

  • Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then throw it in a bin and wash hands with soap and water.

  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces in the home and at work.

  • Use of face masks is generally not recommended outside clinical settings.