North Warwickshire COVID cases continue to rise despite lockdown
Published on Wednesday, 18th November 2020
North Warwickshire’s rate of COVID infection is continuing to rise steeply and the Borough has not yet seen any impact from the national lockdown measures brought in on 5th November.
The Borough’s rate of infection on 5th November was 284 cases per 100,000 population and the current rate is 393.
North Warwickshire Borough Council is concerned that these figures are not coming down and is asking residents to continue to reduce the number of people they are coming into contact within order the stem the rates of infection. As well as the overall number of infections, the Borough Council is concerned about the higher than average infections amongst the over 60 population as there is a much higher risk of people needing hospital care in that age group.
The Borough Council is also concerned that if figures do not come down then the national lockdown measures will not be relaxed, or even if they are North Warwickshire will come out of the lockdown into a very high ‘tier’ of restrictions, which means that fewer business and venues will reopen.
Leader of the Council David Wright said, “Everyone is very keen to see our rates of infection reduce and we are asking therefore that people redouble their efforts in reducing contacts with other people. The people of North Warwickshire have been excellent in their response to this crisis and we are very grateful for this but we need to get infections down, particularly in those over the age of 60 as we do not want our health care system to be overwhelmed.
We also need to put the case for the national lockdown measures to be relaxed as soon as is appropriate due to the considerable damage this is having on our non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and other businesses that cannot function properly at the moment. If the infections rates do not come down, then even if the national lockdown ends, we may be subject to restrictions locally which will mean our local businesses may not be able to open fully in time for the crucial Christmas trading period.
We need to avoid seeing people as far as possible therefore in order to avoid further health and economic impacts.”
Residents are therefore urged to comply with the current restrictions:
- Self-isolate if you have symptoms, are awaiting the results from a test or have been told to by contact tracing authorities
- Stay at home unless for a specific lawful purpose
- Do not meet up with anyone outside of your household/support bubble indoors
- Only meet up with one other person outdoors
- Maintain 2m distance at all times
- Wear face coverings in appropriate settings
- Wash your hands regularly
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