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First batch of repatriated residents to return on Wednesday

Thirty to be placed into mandatory quarantine

The first batch of repatriated residents will be brought back to the Isle of Man on Wednesday (15 April).

Arriving on a Ben-my-Chree sailing from Heysham, 30 residents, chosen at random, will be brought back and placed into mandatory quarantine at the Comis Hotel in Mount Murray.

Government says it is aware of approximately 400 residents stranded abroad who wish to return.

Speaking at government's coronavirus media briefing this lunchtime, Health Minister David Ashford said just one breach of quarantine could expose the Island community to a 'second wave' of cases, akin to Italy's situation.

Mr Ashford explained why those returning can't self-isolate at home:

Listen to Minister Ashford give the full details of Wednesday's sailing below:

And you can watch today's Isle of Man Government coronavirus press conference in full here:

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