Here is an insight on all you need to know about Jersey's lock down due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
TelecomunicationsJersey Telecoms is using its facilities in novel ways. It has rolled out more free-of-charge optic fibre broadband capacity to its subscribers, and has been reassuring about its ability to meet the new demands for home working and streaming across the island. It also sent a text message to all its subscribers with the Jersey government's latest advice on Friday that all islanders must social distance. Thanks to investment in its infrastructure over the last five years all Jersey households are now connected to fibre optics.
WaterJersey Water board announced last week that it would put planned price increases for water on hold while the Covid-19 emergency lasts. These were due to take place on 1 April. Jersey Water anticipates an increase in the use of water because of the greater need for strict hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic.
FerriesCondor Ferries, the ferry service between Jersey, Guernsey and the United Kingdom, has freed up one of its passenger services to carry only freight, in order to help with the re-supply difficulties facing food shops and supermarkets in the islands. Condor Ferries is also running repatriation services from St Malo in Brittany for all Jersey residents stranded in France, Spain and other European countries. A Condor ship hit the news this week when it rescued a man from the sea on its route from Jersey to Portsmouth. The man, in the sea off the coast of Alderney, was clinging to his over-turned rowing boat.
QuarantinePeople coming back to Jersey from anywhere abroad, including the UK, plus their families, must now self-quarantine for 14 days even if they don't have any symptoms of Covid-19. This is affecting many families who have children returning from the universities that have closed in the UK. Four Jersey students are reported stranded in Lima because of the lockdown in Peru. Flights out of the country have either been cancelled or are full. For the latest travel regulations see the Government website.
The HospitalThe island's only hospital has cancelled all non-urgent operations and appointments. It hopes to be able to provide telephone consultations for everyone whose operations and appointments with consultants have been cancelled.Testing for Covid-19 is only on referral from the health services, either at home or at a special facility sited a long way from the hospital.Medical practises are contacting the patients with asthma, heart diseases, diabetes, a history of pneumonia and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema) for a preventive risk assessment. There are only limited supplies of pneumonia vaccine in the island and these will be supplied to highest risk patients.
Two companies, Channel Islands Liquor in Jersey and Guernsey Seaweed company in Guernsey, are testing a new hand sanitiser using alcohol and local seaweed. If they get government approval the companies say they will be able to make enough to meet the increasing demands in the islands.