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Almost 300 quarantine exemptions granted

Buses shuttle to a government-approved facility for the first round of a mandatory 14-day quarantine imposed last year (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Government has granted almost 300 exemptions to mandatory quarantine since it came into effect on June 20.

There were 460 applications and 294 were granted between June 20 and July 10, MPs were told this morning.

Exemptions went to the medically vulnerable and their caregivers, as confirmed by a physician or psychologist.

Minors are not required to ask for an exemption, but to show proof of age at the airport.

No figure was available on the cost to the public purse, as the question went to the Ministry of National Security.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, gave the details to parliamentary questions from Michael Dunkley, shadow health minister, who also asked for the total of fully vaccinated travellers to the island who tested positive for coronavirus since February 1.

Ms Wilson told MPs there had been 24: none in February, and two in March – one tested on day eight, another on day 14. The travellers’ vaccine types were unknown.

April marked five positive cases: one on arrival, one on test day four, one on day eight and two on day 14. Eight cases were found in June, with six found on arrival and the rest on day four.

From July 1 to July 7, the island logged seven cases: two on arrival, and five on day four.

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Published July 16, 2021 at 4:16 pm (Updated July 16, 2021 at 4:17 pm)

Almost 300 quarantine exemptions granted

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