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  1. Celebrating your child's birthday under lockdown

    With everyone in Guernsey told to Stay at Home in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus one family and friends moved online to celebrate a special day.

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    Video caption: Online birthday for three-year-old
  2. Aurigny suspends Guernsey to Gatwick flights

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The Guernsey States-owned airline Aurigny is suspending flights to and from Gatwick.

    It said a lack of demand following travel regulations including a mandatory 14-day self-isolation requirement in both the UK and Guernsey, had forced it to cancel the flights.

    There will be no flights on the route from 6 April until 31 May.

    Aurigny is also cancelling weekend flights between Guernsey and Southampton from 11 April until 31 May.

    The company said it would be contacting all passengers booked on an affected flight.

  3. Alderney looks like a 'ghost town'

    Victoria Street in Alderney

    Alderney's police sergeant described the island as like a "ghost-town" after islanders were instructed to stay at home.

    The island's small police force says it's adopting a neighbourhood policing approach to enforcing it.

    Sgt James Taylor has described day-to-day life on the island as "eerily quiet".

    He said: "This time of year we'd start to see the island filling up with more people in the street and different faces in the shops, yachts in the harbour, but obviously this isn't happening now so it's a bit like a ghost town."

    Alderney
  4. Nobody wants to come anywhere near us - St Pier

    Gavin St Pier

    President of Policy and Resources Gavin St Pier has praised islanders for being "desperate to create space and avoid" himself and each other when outside during the lockdown.

    Deputy St Pier described the change from "10 days, or even a week ago" as "massive".

    He said: "We all feel we're a bit of a pariah, because nobody wants to come anywhere near us.

    "And that's fantastic."

    President of Health and Social Care Heidi Soulsby joked she also felt like a pariah "even more than normal".

  5. 'No evidence of widespread community seeding'

    The early phase of wider coronavirus testing in Guernsey shows "no evidence of widespread community seeding", Public Health Services said.

    Community seeding is the technical term for the transmission of the virus from person to person in the island.

    Director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink announced they have received 15 results back from 40 community tests, with only one person testing positive.

    The tests were conducted at the Longfrie GPs Surgery, which was previously designated the place for everyone on the island experience non-urgent respiratory or other Covid-19 symptoms to attend.

    This has now moved to the hospital, but islanders have to call their GP surgery first.

    She said: "We're not getting evidence of widespread community seeding on the small numbers we're getting at the Longfrie Surgery.

    "I'd like to get that number up to about 100 [tests] before I'm confident."

  6. French workers in pay dispute with Condor

    Condor Ferries is currently engaged in an employment dispute with the French workers of the Rapide over cuts to their wages, a spokeswoman for the crew members has revealed.

    Union representative Laure Tallonneau accused the company of "blackmailing" the workers.

    The employees have been asked to take a 50% pay reduction, voluntary redundancy or unpaid leave for the month of April.

    Condor has told them they have until 5 April to decide, Ms Talloneau said.

    Rapide Ferry

    Ms Talloneau said the company told the workers they should resign if they will not accept the terms extended to them, an "absolutely unacceptable" offer.

    She believes these workers should have the same rights as those from the Channel Island, where the governments are offering to pay a portion of their wages.

    Condor Ferries told the BBC they do not discuss employment matters in the media, but they are fully engaged and supportive of all staff across all jurisdictions.

  7. Three babies 'under one' with coronavirus in Guernsey

    Three babies in Guernsey under one-years-old have tested positive for coronavirus, Public Health has confirmed.

    Director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink said the affected babies were doing "remarkably well".

    "We always worry about any little baby getting an infection, but all of those have done really well, so that has been encouraging," Dr Brink added.

  8. 'High levels of testing producing high levels of positives'

    Guernsey's senior politician Deputy Gavin St Pier said: "The UK at the moment is testing about 10,000 a day, which in proportion - scaled down to our population size - would be the equivalent of about 10 a day.

    "They are looking to scale up to 100,000 a day by the end of the month, which again scaled to our population would be about 100 a day, which of course is where we already are.

    "That includes their assumptions around antibody testing so that gives you some idea of the sense of testing capacity we have compared to other jurisdictions."

    His comments came as the island recorded 114 confirmed cases.

    He added: "High levels of testing are producing high levels of positives."

    The director of Public Health said the island was testing 11.67 people per 100,000 while the UK was testing 2.46 per 100,000.

    Dr Nicola Brink said: "It has always been our strategy and remains our strategy to go out actively looking for cases.

    "If we can flatten that curve so we don't breach our hospital capacity then I think we will have achieved our aim."

  9. Second coronavirus death was 'over 80'

    The second person in Guernsey to die after contracting coronavirus was over 80 years old, Director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink said.

    Dr Brink declined to give any further information about the patient, as she has a "duty of care" to the person and their family.

  10. 'Low threshold' to test Guernsey health workers

    Hospital workers in Guernsey are being prioritised for testing if they are displaying any symptoms of coronavirus, director of Public Health Dr Nicola Brink confirmed.

    Dr Brink said: "We have a very low threshold to do a swab of the throat and nose and look for the virus."

    She added a key part of the strategy was any healthcare worker who becomes even "slightly unwell", should "withdraw from work" so Public Health can "rapidly test them".

    Dr Brink also announced plans to prioritise healthcare workers in future antibody testing which, when it becomes available, will tell Public Health who is immune to Covid-19 in the "medium term".

  11. Thirteen people have recovered from virus in Guernsey

    "We have 13 people who are recovered and virus free out of the 114 that we've diagnosed with the virus," said Dr Nicola Brink.

    The director of Public Health said: "We've focused on, again, the evidence for recovery.

    "There are various definitions of recovery, we've used the virological definition with a repeat test on day 14 to show the virus has gone.

    "For the people we've spoken to they've found it really encouraging to have that call saying the virus is gone."

  12. Hardship fund getting 200 calls a day

    Calls to Guernsey's hardship fund are coming in at "approximately 200 a day", States CEO Paul Whitfield said.

    Mr Whitfield said they were processing these claims "as quickly as possible and had assigned additional staff to assist with the process.

    "Our backlog from the early effects of lockdown are now on the brink of being cleared," he added.

    The £5m fund is available to islanders not already receiving benefits who is struggling financially due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  13. More than 2,300 businesses register for support

    More than 2,300 businesses in Guernsey have applied to the island's government for support, States of Guernsey CEO Paul Whitfield has said.

    Mr Whitfield announced that 2,362 companies had registered, while 1,104 had already returned their full applications.

    He said: "We have now begun processing these applications and releasing funds.

    "Payment will be arranged for approximately 100 cases today alone."

    Mr Whitfield estimated it would take about a week to process and pay the majority of claims from when the application was received.

    "We will add additional resources as needed to ensure the process is as quick as possible," he added.

  14. Second Guernsey care home cluster identified

    A second cluster of coronavirus cases has been identified at a Guernsey care home, Public Health Services have announced.

    Director of Public Health, Dr Nicola Brink said 11 residents and two care workers at the second care home had tested positive for Covid-19.

    Dr Brink said: "We're looking at how we can help them in these difficult circumstances.

    "That work is ongoing, we're doing the contact tracing and we're linking it all together."

    The first cluster at a care home was first identified over the weekend, with a total of 16 patients and 11 staff members testing positive.

  15. Guernsey coronavirus cases move above 100

    The number of positive results for coronavirus has risen from 97 to 114

    The latest figures from the States show 718 negative results with 78 awaiting results.

    Guernsey's director of Public Health, Dr Nicola Brink, said: "That seems like a significant increase in the number of cases.

    "What I'd like to make clear at this time is the differences between what we are doing and what other jurisdictions are doing."

    She said: "We are proactively looking for cases, we are going out into the community and looking for cases. No matter how mild they are.

    "If I was sitting in front of you and reporting in a similar way to what England are reporting, I would be saying we have five cases.

    "Because that's how many people we have had in our hospital."

    Dr Brink added: "We have a higher per capita, per 100,000, testing than our neighboring jurisdictions."

  16. Second coronavirus death in Guernsey

    A second person in Guernsey has died after contracting coronavirus, the States has announced.

  17. Pleasure boating 'strongly discouraged' by Guernsey Ports

    Pleasure boating is "strongly discouraged" as it is not considered an "essential" activity or exercise for health and wellbeing, Guernsey Ports has announced.

    Guernsey Ports also reminded any private aircraft owners they need to apply for permission to operate from Guernsey or Alderney Airports as part of their flight planning.

    However, they said walking or cycling to visit a boat or aircraft to carry out basic maintenance checks could be part of the two hours of exercise islanders are allowed to undertake each day.

    St Peter Port Harbour

    All owners and operators must stick to the strict social distancing rules currently in place when visiting, especially in confined spaces, Guernsey Ports added.

    Surfaces and objects that are touched regularly, as well as all on board equipment, should be frequently cleaned and disinfected thoroughly.

    Local Notices to Mariners and Notice to Airmen will be issued.

    Harbour master Captain David Barker acknowledged that, with easter approaching, boat and aircraft owners will want to check their aircraft and vessels after the winter period.

    Captain Barker said: "Whilst vessels and aircraft should not be put to sea or take to the skies under this advice, it is recognised that the owners and operators of both craft need to ensure their planes and boats are air and seaworthy."

  18. 'Significant' fall in bus use sees more changes to service

    Guernsey bus stop sign

    The reduced public bus service in Guernsey will be further changed due to the "significant reduction" in passengers.

    However, operators CT Plus are asking any essential workers who are affected by the changes to contact them on 700456 as they may be able to "arrange a bus for you that may better reflect the usual timetable and your usual start/finish time".

    Sunday services will continue to run on weekends, but from Monday an "enhanced Sunday service" rather than a Saturday service will run on weekdays from Monday.

  19. School admission confirmations to be delayed

    Confirmation of which primary or secondary schools children in Guernsey will start attending in September is normally sent out before the end of the spring term.

    "Due to the need to focus on the response to the coronavirus pandemic, unfortunately we are unable to fulfil that expectation," said Ed Ashton, director of operations for education.

    "We realise that this is important information for both parents and children and are working to get the information to them as soon as possible.

    "Please be assured that as soon as we have a realistic date, it will be published on the website."

  20. Electricity use falls 10% following lockdown

    Guernsey's electricity consumption fell by 10% following the introduction of the lockdown, Guernsey Electricity has revealed.

    The company explained this drop as a result of businesses and schools closing, combined with the "vast majority" of people working from home.

    Electricity consumption fell by by 100 megawatt hours (MWh) on 24 March alone, which is enough energy to boil water for approximately 4,000,000 cups of tea, the company said.

    Energy consumption graph

    There were further reductions over the course of the week as the lockdown came into effect, as well as a flattening of demand, Guernsey Electricity added.

    Jon Sexton, who heads up generation for the company, said the change in usage was "remarkable, but also understandable".

    Mr Sexton said: “Over the next couple of weeks we will see use of the power station reduce to test runs only as low carbon, renewable, imports cover all of the demand.”