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  1. Four new cases of coronavirus arrive in Jersey

    Four more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Jersey.

    The infected individuals were identified through arrivals screening at the island's borders, the States said.

    It brings the total number of active cases in Jersey to six as two others have recovered.

    All of the known active case are based in the community - rather than the hospital or a care home - with only one displaying symptoms.

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  2. Mental health wards reopen to visitors

    Rebecca Thorn

    BBC News

    Mental health units at Jersey's St Saviour's hospital have reopened for visitors.

    Two named adult visitors will be allowed to attend for 30 minutes per day to ensure safe distancing is maintained, the States of Jersey said.

    Beech, Cedar, Maple and Oak units will be open to visitors from 14:00 to 16:00 BST, with Orchard House offering hours between 14:00 and 16:00, and from 18:00 to 19:00 BST.

    Visitors must contact the inpatient unit in advance and will receive pre-visit screening which will include a travel history assessment, symptom checking, and confirmation of any previous known exposure to coronavirus.

    PPE will also be provided for individuals during their visit.

  3. Boy injured in fight involving teenagers

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Police in Jersey are trying to locate a number of teenagers involved in a fight on Saturday.

    Officers said a group of teenagers aged between 12 and 16 years old were "involved in a disturbance with some of the boys ending up in a fight" in Millbrook Park between 17:00 and 18:15.

    One boy sustained injuries but did not need to go to hospital, and it was believed the boys were known to each other, they added.

    The boys involved are described as between 5ft 4in and 5ft 8in tall. Two had black hair, one had red hair and one had "blondish hair", police said.

    Officers said they also wanted to speak with two people who intervened and spoke with the group.

  4. Masks use encouraged 'but they will not be made mandatory'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC News

    People in Jersey are "strongly advised" to wear face masks when visiting indoor public places "but this will not currently be made mandatory", the health minister has said.

    Health and Social Services Minister Richard Renouf said masks were not being made compulsory "due to the low prevalence levels of Covid-19 on the island".

    He said: "Wearing masks indoors in public, such as in shops, will help protect yourself and others so the medical experts encourage their continued use when possible.

    "However, making this mandatory through legislation is not proportionate at the moment given our current situation."

    People have also been encouraged "to continue with good hand and respiratory hygiene which, together with physical distancing, are the most effective principles in maintaining low transmission rates".

    Public health guidance remains at level two of the island's safe exit framework, the States said.

  5. Health staff praised for pandemic work

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Jersey's chief nurse has praised the efforts of staff during the coronavirus pandemic as the island prepares to celebrate their contribution to health care.

    A window display is due to be unveiled at De Gruchy's department store on Monday to mark the International Year of the Nurse.

    The year 2020 has been dedicated to the profession to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

    Rose Naylor, who is to unveil the display at lunchtime, said the response from front-line health staff during the pandemic had been exceptional.

    Quote Message: One of the images that people have got very used to seeing is nurses in full protective clothing. That was an image that probably would only see previously if you were a patient in a very specialist area. Now it's an image that has become very well known around the world as the face of nursing." from Rose Naylor Chief nurse
    Rose NaylorChief nurse
  6. 'Nothing shameful' about public breastfeeding

    BBC Radio Jersey

    A mum in Jersey, who is breastfeeding her seven-month-old twins, thinks more needs to be done to change people's attitude towards breastfeeding.

    Liz Kendrick-Lodge has been sharing her breastfeeding journey as part of a global campaign which promotes conversations around the issue.

    The mum, originally from South Africa, said there's a more relaxed attitude to woman breastfeeding in public there.

    Mrs Kendrick-Lodge added she doesn't feel it's as accepted in Jersey and wants more education surrounding the issue.

    She described a recent visit to a park with a friend and feeling the need to check around her before breastfeeding.

    Mrs Kendrick-Lodge said: "And I thought, where is this coming from? Why am I checking around me to see who's here and what they can see?

    "Because what I am doing is a very natural act, why am I feeling this bit of shame? There's nothing shameful about it."

  7. Two rescued after being cut off by tide

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Two people have been rescued after being cut off by the tide near Jersey's Seymour Tower.

    They were part of a group of four who became trapped by the incoming tide.

    Two members of the group managed to make it to the shore, while the others needed to be rescued by Jersey's fire service's inshore boat.

    The fire service is reminding people to check the tides before going for a walk near the coast.

  8. States asked if 90-minute Covid tests will come to island

    BBC Radio Jersey

    The UK's Department for Health is promising new tests for coronavirus that can give a result in 90 minutes.

    At the moment, people currently being tested may have to wait up to two days to find out if they are infected.

    In Jersey, figures show people arriving at the airport and harbour are waiting on average 30 hours to get their results back.

    BBC Radio Jersey has asked the States whether health teams here will have access to the new tests, if they prove successful.