This summer an airbridge was introduced between our island and Guernsey, as both nations were COVID free and had similar entry and quarantine restrictions in place. The airbridge meant that residents could travel freely between the two islands on a direct flight without the need to self isolate at either end.
Today it was announced that this airbridge has had to be suspended as there are now seven active cases in Guernsey's community, amongst residents who have not recently travelled off-island. This means that is is likely that someone else has brought the virus in with them and probably not followed the isolation rules, thereby introducing it into the local community
There are currently emergency plans being drawn up to safely bring back our residents who have recently flown to Guernsey for the half term holiday. They will all be required to self isolate for 14 days on their return.
At the brief press conference announcing this news, our Chief Minister advised that he is currently quite unwell, as are several other ministers, although he says this is only "man flu" and not COVID. He caught the virus earlier in the year and says that he still has antibodies according to his latest blood test.
I hope that there are no more instances here, similar to the one reported in the local news last week, of a young man who arrived back here on the ferry from the UK and, instead of self isolating, walked with a group of mates across town to McDonalds . He says he forgot that he was supposed to be isolating. He is now resting in prison.
I read this to Mr B, chuckled about the young man's fate then chose the wrong metaphor to opine that clearly IoM was 'taking no prisoners' - well I got into the second syllable of the last word then wondered if it might not have been more effective to simply bring back hanging....ReplyDelete
Ha, ha. The IoM was the last jurisdiction in Europe to abolish birching as a punishment, in the late 1970s. Perhaps it should be reintroduced???Delete
Bring back the Birch and the Conker tree😀. I believe "man flu" can be worse than anything known to erm, man!ReplyDelete
Most men would agree with you Dave.Delete
I suspect that the virus was taken to Guernsey by Manx travellers. Do you know anybody who went there during the summer?ReplyDelete
Nope. Can't think of anyone. Perhaps a big boy did it and ran away?Delete
Darn,those idiots make life difficult for everyone else. We had a few cases recently brought by yachties and sailors doing their basic training at the base here. We now have a curfew though only after 12.30pm, when I'm sleeping anyway, and masked everywhereReplyDelete
Some people just can't be bothered to put themselves out enough to follow the rules. As one woman was reported to have said on the news media when asked why she was putting her 80 year old grandfather at risk, "Well, he's lived his life now".Delete
Good Lord! Here we had the governor of Texas saying that grandparents are willing to die for their grandchildren. I am a grandmother. The statement is true. But what that has to do with covidiots is beyond meDelete
Yes, just let me carry on partying with my friends and if I pass on the virus to Grandpa, hard luck.Delete
During lockdown travel to the islands was discouraged. As a result of us being Covid free as soon as there was any relaxation we were swamped with motorhomes and campers. Thank heaven for the winter!ReplyDelete
Perhaps non resident travel should be disallowed rather than discouraged? Currently here, the only non residents allowed in are key workers who have to apply for an entry permit and self isolate for 14 days on arrival.Delete
I am cautious and have pretty much set my own rules of staying home or wearing a mask if I have to go out. I don't understand the people that refuse to wear a mask for they just make the whole situation last longer.ReplyDelete
It is a shame that mask wearing protects others and not ourselves. We do it but they don't!Delete