20 March 2020 12:40
Health Minister makes statement following first coronavirus case on Island The Health Minister says new measures to combat the spread of coronavirus will change our daily lives. David Ashford announced a further statement will be made later today after the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed on the Isle of Man. The patient's symptoms are described as mild, and he hasn't required hospital treatment. Mr Ashford says all options are being assessed: You can watch Mr Ashford's full statement below: No evidence of human-to-human transmission says Health Minister The Health Minister for the Isle of Man has issued a statement regarding the first case of Coronavirus on the Island. David Ashford confirmed the male returned to the Island on Sunday from a holiday in Spain. He also said there is no evidence of human to human transmission and the patients family are showing no symptoms.
The patient has 'mild' symptoms and has not required hospital treatment. Mr Ashford also said: "The situation has now changed. We have moved into the next chapter. We are finalising a further package of measures. A full announcement will be made this afternoon.
Mr Ashford said the Island has processed around 100 tests over the last few days and are currently awaiting results. The Minister also said going forward they will be processing a minimum of 30 tests a day.