COVID-19 Update: New Cases and Guidelines Announced

The King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) has announced that since March 2020, there have been 1126 positive cases of COVID-19 within the Falklands. Of those cases, 951 have been identified through community spread, and 175 were from cases in quarantine. KEMH also confirm that no one is currently seriously ill or hospitalised due to illness caused by COVID.

Earlier today, the Falkland Islands Government also announced new advice on returning to work after catching coronavirus. Measures are likely changing due to high numbers of cases in the islands relative to the small population, as well as the fact that the majority of people infected are not contagious by day six of infection. If a person is at least five days past the point of likely infection, is twenty four hours fever-free, and feels physically well enough to work, it is advised that they leave quarantine and return to work, even if they continue to test positive.

However, it is still advised that previous public health guidance including avoiding large gatherings, wearing a mask in public places and washing hands regularly is still followed.

If you are unwell and experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, you can contact the hospital on 28000 or email surveillance@kemh.gov.fk.

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