An update from Dr Rupert Suckling - 8 January

A first regular update of 2021 on the Coronavirus situation locally

This is my first weekly update of 2021  - I’d like to wish you a Happy New Year and hope you enjoyed a safe and relaxing Christmas and holiday period.

During this period though, unfortunately our rates of infection across all age groups have risen. Our infection rate was hovering around 220 infections per 100,000 people before Christmas but now we have reached over 300 infections. The last data I have is 330 infections per 100,000 people for the period 26 December – 1 January.

This figure will continue to rise as we see the impacts of household mixing over Christmas but also unfortunately the arrival of the new variant strain in Doncaster.

As we now have a lockdown in place, I would urge you to stay at home and only go out for essential shopping, or work, if you cannot work at home, or exercise. It is critical that we do what we can to reduce the infection rates, particularly with the new more contagious strain around – it is in Doncaster so we need to all do out bit.

As you know changes have also been made to schools and I would like to thank head teachers and all staff who did a lot to prepare for the return to school and are now supporting virtual learning and key workers’ children and our more vulnerable pupils. I’m sure there’ll be more to come on this in due course.

These next few weeks will be difficult and of course it is good news that there are now three vaccines availble for use in the UK, with the news today that the Moderna vaccine has been approved for use. Please be patient in waiting for your call from the NHS to get vaccinated. You will be contacted directly so do not call your doctor.

Let’s continue to do it for Doncaster.

Thank you and here’s to a better 2021.

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Last updated: 08 January 2021 18:14:18