Our rate of infections has fallen to 66.4 per 100,000 people for the period 17-23 April. This is of course welcome, but our rates are going down very slowly and we remain amongst the highest in the country.
The good news is that our hospital admissions for Covid-19 remain low - similar to last week, we currently have less than 10 patients in hospital being directly treated.
I've been asked a number of times why Covid rates remain important as the vaccination programme continues so successfully and hospital rates are low. There are three important answers to this:
- The lower our rates of infection, the more confident we can all be about returning to normal activities. We want to ensure the public are confident that they can support Doncaster's economy - from shopping on our High Streets to visiting restaurants to attending events - whilst remaining as safe as possible.
- The risk of 'Long Covid' to residents. We're increasingly seeing how debilitating 'Long Covid' can be for people and want to avoid those numbers increasing further.
- Areas with higher rates increase their risk of developing new variants of concern
We're all looking forward to a first Bank Holiday weekend of the year with shops open and the chance to visit outdoor areas at pubs restaurants and cafes. You might also be having a get together with friends or family in your garden. Whatever your plans, I'd urge everyone to follow all the guidance we currently have in place. Stick to the rule of six or two households mixing, don't go inside someone else's house (whatever the weather) and continue to follow hands, face and space.
I hope everyone enjoys their Bank Holiday weekend and Let’s continue to do it for Doncaster. Thank you.
- Category: Health & wellbeing