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First Covid-19 patient hospitalised

Series of announcements at press briefing

One Covid-19 patient, who previously was self-isolating in the community with mild symptoms, has now been admitted to Noble's Hospital.

Health Minister David Ashford made the announcement this afternoon.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle has announced there will now be no arrivals to the Isle of Man permitted, after the last scheduled flight tomorrow and the boat at 02:15 on Friday morning.

The only exceptions to that rule will be for emergency medical treatment, and those 'critical to infrastructure'.

Freight services will continue as normal.

All non-essential shops are being instructed to close from tomorrow, apart from some key suppliers such supermarkets, pharmacies and banks.

Isle of Man Government says it's going to publish a full list on its website.

Additional measures are being brought forward to enforce social distancing rules.

Shopping for essential items is permitted, along with a brief period of exercise each day, alone or with members of your household only, medical care, and travelling to and from work where absolutely necessary.

However, there is to be additional powers for on-the-spot fines introduced, to reprimand those who break the rules.

Those fines will initially stand at £30, for people disobeying social distancing guidelines.

More to follow.

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