Five new 'unexplained cases' of Covid recorded in the Isle of Man

The last 'unexplained case' of Covid was recorded March 30th. Credit: ITV News

Five new 'unexplained cases' have been recorded in the Isle of Man two days after the government lifted all on-Island restrictions.

Two individuals were identified as positive on Tuesday night and are now self-isolating.

The other three have been identified through contact tracing and one of those cases has been identified in a school setting.

One person is also now being treated in hospital for Covid-19 in the intensive care unit.

10

The total number of active cases in the Isle of Man.

Contact tracing started immediately and remains ongoing with additional testing for close contacts.

After so many days without cases this has given us cause for concern. It is an important reminder that although we were able to lift legal restrictions on Monday 19 April, we should not think of our situation as back to normal. A global pandemic is still happening around us and we need to maintain the highest levels of vigilance. I cannot emphasize enough how critical it is to call 111 if you have any symptoms that could be related to COVID – even if you have been vaccinated.

Howard Quayle, Chief Minister of the Isle of Man

The Council of Ministers met on Wednesday and decided that there will be no immediate changes to restrictions.


COVID-19 IN 'SCHOOL SETTING'

As one of the cases involves a child who attends Bunscoill Rhumsaa in Ramsey, the Government is liaising closely with the headteacher.

Following advice from Public Health the school will be open on Thursday following a deep clean overnight.

All parents have been informed and the class, their teacher, other close contacts and members of their households have been asked to self-isolate until contacted by contact tracing.’ If any parents are concerned that they or their child have COVID-19 symptoms they are asked to contact 111, and the school will update parents as information becomes available.

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture

The government is asking that anyone who develops symptoms should stay at home and call 111 to arrange a test.