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Coronavirus: Jersey's swimarathon cancelled

Organisers were forced to call it off following the first confirmed case of Coronavirus in the island. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey's Lions Swimarathon, due to start tomorrow, has been cancelled.

Organisers were forced to call it off following the first confirmed case of Coronavirus in the island.

We have given this advice on consideration of the changing picture as the virus spreads in Europe and the UK, and following the recent confirmation of one case in the Island.

We are not currently calling for the cancellation of all large public events or calling for islanders to avoid swimming pools altogether, however given the large attendance, and spectators, in a warm, humid atmosphere, we are taking this precaution to limit the spread of the virus.

– Dr Ivan Muscat, Jersey’s Deputy Medical Officer of Health

Thousands of people were expected to take part in the five-day event at Les Quennevais Sports Centre, with approximately 3,500 people having signed up.

But despite the news, islanders are being asked to continue donating to the cause, so the chosen charities will still benefit. They are:

  • Brighter Futures
  • Brightly
  • Jersey Youth Trust
  • Teenage Cancer Trust
  • YouMatter
Since the first event at Fort Regent in 1972, the Swimarathon has raised more than £3.5 million. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Since the first event at Fort Regent in 1972, the Swimarathon has raised more than £3.5 million.

In the last 10 years the money raised has benefited more than 120 local charities.

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