September 25, 2022

First with the Alderney News

Covid cases beginning to plateau says Dr Brink

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Nicola Brink

Public Health Director Dr Nicola Brink

Covid cases in the Bailiwick are beginning to plateau according to Public Health director Dr Nicola Brink as a week of lockdown begins to take effect.

Coronavirus cases currently stand at 277, with 47 identified on Saturday and 46 on Sunday.

Crucially, the number of cases stemming from unknown community sources appears to be slowing, with nine of the Saturday cases stemming from an unknown source and seven on Sunday.

Four of those cases are linked to the Co-op in St Sampsons and some have been linked to a recent youth dance festival in Guernsey. None of the cases is in Alderney.

Five people have been hospitalised in Guernsey with Covid-19 symptoms and one is in intensive care.

However Dr Brink said she believed the height of the second wave had now been reached and now, thanks to a week of strict lockdown, the number of new cases was beginning to level off.

At today’s media briefing Dr Brink said:

‘The incubation period of the virus is two to 14 days so on around day seven of lockdown I would expect to see a plateau of cases. If we didn’t see that I would be extremely concerned. However we are not out of the woods yet and we should not become complacent. We need to keep testing, keep contact tracing, lockdown and socially distancing.’

Lockdown measures will only start to be eased seven to 14 days after a period of no new community transmissions being identified – probably nearer to 14 days, Dr Brink said.

It would be lifted in phases, similar to the first exit from lockdown, but it is expected to be quicker.

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