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Coronavirus: First Case In Guernsey

Guernsey has its first confirmed case of coronavirus.

The patient has been diagnosed after developing symptoms on returning from Tenerife.

Guernsey's Director of Public Health has announced the first positive test result for Covid-19.

"The patient has a clear travel history, indicating the likely source of infection. This underlines our consistent messaging to the community that if you return from a Group B country and show symptoms, however mild, you should contact the coronavirus helpline for advice and to get tested." -Dr Nicola Brink.

It's understood the affected patient sought help promptly and is being supported by Guernsey's healthcare professionals.

The States of Guernsey says tried and tested infection control procedures are in place to prevent further spread of the virus.

"We ask that the community respects the privacy of the individual concerned as we work to provide them with the best possible care.
The Bailiwick is extremely well prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts to contain any further spread.

The Bailiwick has been preparing for a case of novel coronavirus and we have robust measures in place to respond immediately. We are continuing to work with Public Health England for advice and guidance." 

More information is available at www.gov.gg/coronavirus. For clinical concerns please call the coronavirus helpline on 756938 or 756969

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