A total of 31 Covid people have now tested positive for COVID-19 in Guernsey — and six of those are unexplained community cases.
The news came at a press briefing held by the States of Guernsey today. It followed the announcement yesterday that four cases of suspected community seeding had been identified through testing, where none of those people had travelled or been in contact with anyone who had travelled outside the Bailiwick.
Public Health Director Dr Nicola Brink told how Track-and-Trace teams worked until 1.30am establishing who the four initial cases – three adults and one teenager- had been in contact with and places that they had visited. They had uncovered a further 27 positive cases of COVID-19.
Dr Nicola Brink said two of the new cases were in hospital.
Extensive testing is continuing and Dr Brink said she expected more positive cases to be confirmed today. She added that track and trace processing may establish that some of the so far unexplained cases actually do link to others already found.
It is not yet known if any of those with COVID-19 have the new variant. Samples will be sent to a lab in Colindale, London on Monday for those tests which may take some time.
Dr Brink said the figures indicated that track and trace processes and their extensive testing regime working well.
‘[The new cases are] part of the proactive contact tracing which we were doing until 1.22am, interviewing, collating and cross referencing that information.
‘It is highly likely we will see some more cases today as we are doing lots of testing and following up a lot of people. We are contacting literally hundreds of people.’
Testing results will be updated at midnight every evening on the covid19.gov.gg website