School children in Jersey could undergo random testing to see if they have had coronavirus, once schools reopen.

The government today confirmed, subject to ethical issues being satisfied, they will be part of a new programme to monitor the spread of Covid-19, alongside the existing randomised testing of households.

The first such study showed around 3,300 people in Jersey had had the virus, and the next round of antibody testing will begin on 30 May.

The Deputy Medical Officer for Health, Dr Ivan Muscat, today said, in his view, it was safe to open schools as children were not “super-spreaders” of the virus.

We recognise, of course, that children can carry Covid without any symptoms whatsoever. We will be carrying out seroprevalence studies in children and are in the process of drawing up the relevant studies with a view to undertaking that in the near future.

Dr Ivan Muscat,Deputy Medical Officer for Health

Those working in Education already have access to the screening programme available for essential workers, which now has capacity to test 3,500 people per week.