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Public reassured as self-isolating resident tests positive for COVID-19

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The public are being reassured that there is no cause for concern following a case of COVID-19 being detected in the Isle of Man.


The Chief Minister, Howard Quayle MHK, said: “I can confirm that for the first time in one-hundred and eight days, a case of COVID-19 has been detected in the Isle of Man.


“The positive test result came from a resident who was in self-isolation, having recently returned to the Island.  This individual has been self-isolating alone for seven days, which has now been extended for a further fourteen days.


“It was inevitable that COVID-19 would return to the Island at some stage.  I would like to reassure the public: they should not be concerned or disheartened.  The processes and procedures we have in place mean that this single case is contained and that the risk to the public is extremely low.


“There will be no change in our approach to coronavirus at this stage.  People remain free to go about their daily lives as normal and schools will resume on Wednesday.  The roll-out of ‘day 7 testing’ for returning residents, announced on Thursday, will continue, going live on Monday as planned.


“As we have emphasised throughout this pandemic, I would once again encourage the public to continue to be responsible.  If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolate immediately along with everyone in your household, and call 111 between 8am and 8pm for advice and to arrange a test.


“If you cough or sneeze – catch it, kill it, bin it – and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly for at least twenty seconds.


“I am sure the public will join me in wishing this individual the very best over the coming days and in thanking them for acting responsibly.”