First case of Coronavirus confirmed in the Channel Islands

The first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in the Channel Islands.

The patient, from Guernsey, started to experience symptoms - a cough, fever and shortness of breath - after returning from Tenerife (a Group B country).

ITV News understands they sought help straight away, and were identified as being positive at 4:30pm yesterday (8 March). At 5:30pm, they were placed into quarantine and are being supported by the relevant health care professionals.

Now, officials are working to try and trace the people who might have come into contact with the individual.

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Guernsey's government says its health and social care professionals are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus.

It added that it is "extremely well prepared" and has "robust measures in place to respond immediately".

So far, 84 people have been tested for Coronavirus in Guernsey with only one testing positive. 84 people have also been tested in Jersey, but all results have come back negative.

Over in the UK, more than 23,000 people have been tested - with 280 positive results.

Coronavirus helplines:

In Jersey, call 01534 445566 or click here.

In Guernsey, call 01481 756938 / 01481 756969 or click here.