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'Manx NHS capacity is limited, so we need your help' - Chief Medical Director

Dr Rosalind Ranson appears at press briefing

The Island's Chief Medical Director says the health service's capacity to deal with the coronavirus pandemic is limited.

Dr Rosalind Ranson has warned the Manx NHS could be overwhelmed if faced with a steep increase in the numbers of those infected with the virus.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle confirmed a second case of the disease was recorded on the Island yesterday.

Plans are in place to increase the number of ventilators on the Island, with six available at present.

Dr Ranson says it's incredibly important the public follow the advice being given:

Mr Quayle also revealed new changes, including the close of the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre, and certain NSC facilities.

Schools will stay open for now, but parents can withdraw their pupils from schools without suffering penalties.

Details are also being gathered of all those arriving at sea and airports, with all arrivals required to immediately self-isolate.

You can hear more from Dr Ranson here:

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