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First coronavirus death in Channel Islands

A patient has died in Jersey after testing positive for coronavirus.

Jersey's Health Minister said in a statement the patient, who was in their 80s, had underlying health conditions and was receiving end of life care.

Deputy Richard Renouf says whilst being treated for their illness and at the 'latter stages of their life' the patient contracted Covid-19 and died on Wednesday 25 March.

He confirmed the patient was in the care of Jersey's Health and Social Services.

All efforts are being made to contact their next of kin and I would like to offer my condolences at this sad time.

– Deputy Richard Renouf, Jersey's Health Minister

In the Statement Deputy Renouf went on to address the 'significant amount of misinformation circulating' about the governments' response to coronavirus.

You may have heard it said that we are deliberately keeping important health information from Islanders. This has never been the case.

We have always been clear and transparent, since this pandemic began, that we would publish the numbers of people who have been tested for Covid-19, the number of people who have contracted the virus and any other relevant information. And we will publish that information as soon as we have it confirmed

– Deputy Richard Renouf, Jersey's Health Minister

Deputy Renouf ends the statement by asking people not to speculate on social media, and warns in future 'we will have to report on more deaths.'

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