No known active cases of Covid-19 in Guernsey

The island has no known active cases of Covid-19 for the first time since the virus reached the island's shores on 9 March. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Guernsey has become the first place in the British Isles to have no active cases of coronavirus.

It is the first time there have been no recorded cases since the virus reached the island's shores on 9 March.

It has now been 27 days since a new case of the virus was identified.

However, Dr Nicola Brink, Director of Public Health, says islanders must not be complacent, as it is likely that more cases will be identified as the island moves into the next phase of its lockdown.

Islanders should be prepared for this expanded testing programme to identify positive cases. This is a good thing as it means we are identifying asymptomatic cases and contact tracing quickly to avoid the virus spreading more widely. If anyone has any symptoms, however mild, they must come forward to be tested. Please don’t think you don’t want to adversely influence our results. We know we will get more positives and that is a good thing. If we know about them we can track and trace and contain them to protect the rest of the community.

Dr Nicola Brink, Guernsey's Director of Public Health

On social media, The States of Guernsey heralded it as a 'milestone'.

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Deputy Gavin St Pier, the island's Chief Minister, said it was 'good news' but urged people to be responsible and maintain social distancing.

We are moving to a ‘new normal’ where we all need to have increased awareness of our personal space and hygiene. Whilst the concept of bubbles and extended bubbles changes in Phase 4, people MUST maintain social distancing.

Deputy Gavin St Pier, Guernsey's Chief Minister

On Twitter, the Chief Minister also said that the emergence of new cases should not be 'regarded as a failure', but should be seen as evidence that the States' 'test, track and quarantine’ strategy is working effectively.

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